CONTENTS:- 1. Cultural Background. 2. Indigenous Art. 3. Indo-Aryan Art. 4. Indo-Tibetan Art. 5. Chronology. 6. List of Temples.
Himachal, the Dev Bhumi as known to the ancients, lies in the heart of the Western Himalayas. It is a land of fascination and mystery and its centuries old culture rightly commands deep interest and respect. In itself the region may seem insignificant, thinly populated and located in one of the most interior regions of the Western Himalayas between the Indian Plains and Kashmir. Nevertheless in the hills and valleys it evolved an unique complex of art and culture made up of many strains both native and foreign in which indigenous religion and beliefs predominate. On the one hand Himachal Pradesh maintained ancient indigenous traditions and on the other it adopted with great fidelity the highly developed cultural influence from the Indian plains and semi-cultural inflow from the north and north east. The inherited and imported elements made an amalgam which gave Himachal Pradesh a distinctive character.