Dharamshala Mahanta, Una

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Dharamshala Mahanta is a noted tourist destination located at a distance of 62 km from Una in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It was founded by Baba Nakodar Dass, who was a ‘Panchdeva Upaska' or worshipper of the five deities, during the reign of great Mughal King Akbar. The founder was a great devotee of the Hindu Lord Vishnu. There are two buildings here which are famous for their beautiful mural paintings. Among these, there is a collection of ancient paintings in the baithak or sitting room. As per Mahanta Lakshami Dhar, these paintings were created by a mistri or mason, during his grand father’s time. Apart from mural paintings, the folk arts painted on the walls of the shrine also attract visitors.

Writer Mira Seth, in her book, ‘Wall Paintings of the Western Himalayas’, has mentioned that Mahanta Lakshami Dhar, the father of the present Mahanta, who died few years back, has a sanad or grant. This is believed to have been given to his predecessors by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1667.

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