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Holy Places Kullu

Location  240km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Highest Altitude  1,220m
Best time to travel  Mid-May to Mid-October

The most charming and beautiful Kullu Valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. The valley runs north to south of this river and is 80kms. long and about 2kms. at its broadest. Yet with awe inspiring glens and mossy meadows encircled by the rushing streams and meandering brooks, flung east & west, a fairly wide area is open to the tourists, the trekkers, the mountaineers, the artists and to anyone who wishes to escape the heat & dust of the plains to breathe the exhilarating air of the Himalaya and enjoy the spectacle of the variegated mountain scenery. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colourful hand made shawls and kullu caps. Kullu was once known as “Kulanthpitha”, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley' of Kullu.

Holy Places

Raghunathji Temple:
In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin he sent a senior courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Raghunath - Lord Ram. This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and even today, is greatly revered. The shrine houses an image of Shri Raghunath in his chariot.

Bijli Mahadev Temple:
Set on a spur that offers some spectacular views, this temple is famous for its 20m high rod that periodically draws lightning, which shatters the 'Shivalinga' and scorches the building. Using only butter as adhesive, the 'linga' is then carefully pieced together by the temple pundit.

Bashhwar Mahadev Temple Bajura (15km) One of the most charming temple in the Kullu.

Manikaran (45km) : At 1737m, on the right bank of river Parvati. This place is famous for hot sulphur springs revered by both both Hindus and Shikhs piligramge. Thousand, of piligrimages have their dip in hot water. The water of the spring is also said to be radio-active which cures many disease. While the temperature of the water is above boling point. Rice and Dal if placed in Muslim bag or tied up in cloth, soon be ready for eating purpose. According to an anicient saying Manikaran is also connected with Lord Shiva and his divine concern parvati.

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