36 forms of Gods and Goddesses, numbers of religions, several of beliefs and infinite devotees all these diversities and one place such is the beauty of India. All these diversities help in building the rich culture and traditions of the country. Right start from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India is filled with n numbers of temples and shrines visiting which will be a pleasing experience for you all.
There’s a place named Manali, beautiful and pristine, this place also houses with many glittering temples which holds a prominent place in India Tourism. Here in this post we will go to discuss about the few best temples in Manali which you can travel while you would be on your Manali tours.
- Manu Temple
- Hadimba Devi Temple
- Vashisht Temple Manali
- Gauri Shankar Temple
- Raghunath Ji Temple
1. Manu Temple
Manu the first man, who established the humankind in this world place a vital role in Manali. Even the place Manali has got its name from him, which becomes Manali by the combination of two words, Manu and Aalay that is the home of Manu and gradually, the place come to know as Manali. Manu Temple in Manali is situated at a distance of 3 km from Old Manali market. It is dedicated to Sage Manu. The temple has seen many ups and downs and after surviving the place was rebuilt in 1992. Legend has that Manu had served Sapt Rishi (Seven Sage) and the Vedas (oldest scriptures) during the great flood.
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2. Hadimba Devi Temple
Hadimba Devi Temple also popularly known as Hidimba Devi is a beautiful historical temple which is located in the lap of Manali scenic beauty. The place is dedicated to Hidimba Devi who is believed to be the wife of Bhima (one of the Pandava brothers from Mahabharat). Located in the foothills of Himalayas, the temple is wrapped by the forest. Legend has that Hidimba was related to the Rakshas clan and vowed to marry the one who defeat his brother Hidimb. Bhima did so and married Hidimba. Later their son, Ghatotkach played a significant role in the battle of Mahabharata. Many devotees believed that the feet of Goddess are carved on a stone block and is worshipped by the devotees.
3. Vashisht Temple Manali
It’s another prominent temple in the lap of Manali. The temple is located at a distance of 3 km from the main city. Opposite the Vashisht Temple there is another temple which is dedicated to Lord Rama. Each temple is has its own significance. The Vashisht Temple is believed to be a place where Sage Vashishta used to meditate. According to legend, once Lakshman, Lord Rama’s younger brother came to sage Vashishta seeking his hep for the successful completion of Ashwa Megha Yagya. He asked sage to warm up the place and then sage fire an arrow to the ground where hot water spring gushed out. The hot water spring is still there and is believed to have medicinal values in it. This bathing area here is built in the Turkish-style bath houses. It is open for common public also. There are also many separate bathrooms that are fitted nearby for both men and women with shower facility.
4. Gauri Shankar Temple
Evident to its name, it is quite obvious that the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and her wife Goddess Parvati. The major attraction of this ancient temple is its architecture. Built in the Shikhara Style architecture, the temple will make you introduce with the rich historic era of the country. The temple was built in 12th Century AD and is believed to be the last monuments of Gurjara Pratihara traditions. The idol of Gauri Shankar in the temple is places on the pedestal and is seated over Nandi. Other attraction of this place is garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum). It is decorated with beautiful carvings of images of Lord Ganesh along with the different musical instruments and carved dancing girls. The temple overlooks the Shimmering Beas River which offers a spectacular view to travellers. Near the temple one can find numerous hotels in Manali. Beside religious purpose the place can be visited for many nature adventures.
5. Raghunath Ji Temple
Raghunath, the king of Raghu clan, the name which is use for Lord Ram is one of the many names which are given to him. Dedicated to Lord Rama, Raghunath Ji Temple was constructed in by king of Kullu, Raja Jagat Singh. The idol of Lord Rama in the sanctum was brought from Tretnath Temple of Ayodhya. Legend has that this is the same idol which was used by Lord Rama during his reign in Ashwamegh Yagya. It is believed that Raja Jagat Singh built this temple to make atonement for his sins. The location of this temple is nicely located that offers its guests a spectacular panoramic view of mesmerizing Kullu Valley. The entry in this beautiful temple is free and visitors are allowed in this temple from Sunrise to Sunset hours of the day.