HATU TEMPLE, NARKANDA, HIMACHAL PRADESH.
THE MAIN DOOR OF THE TEMPLE
This is the main door of the Hatu temple and you can see from the picture the door has magnificent intricate carvings on it. Wood carving is a very skilled art and the artisans have to be adept at this art. Here in this picture of the temple door, you can well imagine how much effort the artisan must have put in to carve this fine amalgam of geometrical and floral design. The temple priest is seen here performing his daily rituals.
The art of wood carving can be seen even in the small temples of rural Himachal beyond Shimla. A very beautiful carving which we have often seen on many Lord Shiva temples and Nag temples is a pair of cobra snakes, which really looks elegant in carvings. This pair of cobra snakes is a sign of fertility and is held in high esteem by the local people, who worship it in the form of ‘Naag Devta’. This snake carving can be seen in the verandah or the outer patio of the temple.
THE CARVED CEILING
The ceiling of the temple looks stunning with a beautiful chandelier and carvings of ‘swastik’ and ‘om’ in the centre and is surrounded by bold floral motifs. Lightly coloured bird carvings in blue and green make the ceiling appear more beautiful.
THE LEFT WALL OF THE TEMPLE
This is the interiors of left wall of the Hatu temple and as you can see from the picture that this wall too has many carvings of the various gods and goddesses. Some of the gods are the same ones as on the right wall, whose picture we have already shared in the last post and there are a few new ones like the carving of Lord Krishna, Lord Brahma, and a carving of Lord Hanuman which is different from the carving on the right wall.