Built in the 10th century by Raja Sahil Verman, Laxmi Narayana Temple is the main shrine in Chamba that includes Bimana i.e. Shikhara and Garbhgriha with a small antarala and a mandapa.The temple has wooden chattries and a shell roof at the top to protect against snowfall.
The history says that the idol of Lord Vishnu in this temple was made of a rare marble, which was imported from Vindhyachal Mountains. It is believed that the former king of the region- Sahil Varman had sacrificed his eight sons to get the marble and finally his eldest son namely Yugkara succeeded to acquire the marble. In fact, he was too attacked by the robbers but due to a saint, he had saved himself from robbers.
Laxmi Narayan Temple Chamba
The legend of the temple has the history that Raja Sahil Verma, who constructed this temple, sent nine of his sons to the Vindhyas Mountains to get marble which was suitable for the construction of the Vishnu idol. The Laxmi Narayan Temple complex also has some fine sculptures of residing deities, which include figures of Lord Vishnu , Goddess Laxmi , Narasimha and Lord Krishna. The wooden Chhattries, the shell roof, atop the temple were in response to the local climatic conditions as a protection against snowfall.