Location:-One of the most interior and
backward villages of Churah valley in Himachal Pradesh is Devikothi,
about 110 km from the district headquarters of Chamba. In the
absence of a link road, transportation of goods is carried out by
mules. This mountainous area remains covered with snow for six
months in a year.
the other numberless village temples, mostly dedicated to a Devi or
Naga, the only one which
deserves a passing notice is that of Chamunda , at Devi Kothi, on
account of the Mughal influence manifest in its wood-carvings.
It is possible that this temple may have been constructed by Raja
Umed Singh in A.D. 1754,but it is very unlikely that the paintings
were executed under the patronage of this raja .It would be more
correct to place them ,on stylistic grounds, in the first quarter of
nineteenth centaury. The temple is dedicated to Devi and contains
illustrations of the exploits of the goddess Durga. But there are
many panels given to the themes from Bhagavata Purana.
Wall Paintings Devi Kothi Distt Chamba Himachal Pradesh