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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most famous religious sites in Manali?

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Usually associated with some of the best of nature’s bounty, Manali also makes for a wonderful religious getaway. Resting in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, this scenic landscape is dotted with quite a few revered temples steeped in colourful mythological tales. Come, take a look at some of the most well known ones.

  • Hidimba Devi Temple

    You will be charmed by the sheer art of amazing stone carvings that depict local deities, plants and various animals at Hidimba Devi Temple. Devoted to Hidimba Devi, Bheema’s wife in the Mahabharata, this one of its kind temple is flocked by devotees all through the day. Tracing back the origin, it was constructed by Maharaja Bahadur Singh during 1552. It serves as a venue to local weddings, so if you’re lucky, you might chance upon some happy celebrations!

    Address: Dhoongri
    Manali
    Himachal Pradesh
    India
     

  • Raghunathji Temple

    A popular temple devoted to Lord Rama, the place attracts lots of devotees everyday. You can feel the divine connection as soon as you step inside the temple. It is said that the idol that is distilled here was brought from Ayodhya, which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. It is decorated beautifully on the eve of Dusshera when many people flock the temple to seek divine intervention.
     

  • Basheshwar Mahadev Temple

    This majestic temple doubles up as a popular tourist attraction in Manali due to its sheer splendor. A worship place of Lord Shiva, the temple has impressive stone carvings that make one’s visit all the more worthwhile.
     

  • Bijli Mahadev Temple

    You have to cross the Beas river to reach this beautiful temple of Lord Shiva. Going by the story attached to it, it is said that the huge rod or staff here receives blessings in the form of lightning. The lightning shatters the Shivlinga into small fragments and the pujari devotedly restores it with butter and sattoo every time it breaks.

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