Manali Religious Places


Kullu and Manali are twin hill stations that are located within minutes from each other in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It is a popular tourist attraction that is well connected with a network of roads to the rest of the country. A large number of tourists visit these hill stations irrespective of the time of the year. There are a large number of tourist attractions in Kullu Manali apart from the natural beauty of the region that attracts both families and honeymoon couples. However, religious tourism is also on the rise due to the large number of temples in Kullu Manali. These hill stations have a large number of places of tourist interest and as no holiday in India is complete without a visit to the temple, the number of tourists thronging these temples is always high.

The main Kullu Manali temples are mentioned below:
Hidimba Devi Temple This temple is definitely the most popular and visited temple of the region. It is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, the wife of Lord Bhima of Mahabharata and is perhaps the only temple that is dedicated to her. It was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1552 and is renowned for its exceptional stone carvings that depict various animals, local deities and plants. The centre of attraction is the brass idol of Goddess Hidimba. People from all parts of the country make it a point to visit this temple when they visit Kullu Manali. In fact almost all the packages offered by resorts and travel agents include a visit to this temple, such is its popularity.

Raghunathji Temple This temple is regarded the holiest temple in Kullu and is dedicated to Lord Rama. Raja Jagat Singh brought an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhya, which is the birth place of God Rama and established it in Kullu Manali. This temple has a large number of devotees who visit it on a regular basis.

Bijli Mahadev Temple This temple is located across the River Beas about 10 kilometers from Kullu. Devotees cross the river to reach the temple that is located on a height. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is so named as it also has a 20 meter high lightening rod. It is believed that if any lightening strikes the area, it will pass through the rod and be grounded below the idol of Lord Shiva. The view from this temple is breathtaking thereby making it a must visit for all types of tourists.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple This temple was built in the 9th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is best known for its intricate stone carvings that are extremely popular tourist attractions.

The fact is that a large number of people visit Kullu and Manali due to the large number of popular temples in the region. Temples in Kullu Manali are really excellent crowd pullers and help in generating a lot of revenue for the region.

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