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Kullu sits on one of the most idyllic settings in the Himalayas, nestled by the sides of River Beas, at an altitude of 1200 meters. A huge hit with nature lovers as well as adventure fanatics, this valley has a remarkable religious side as well. Legends, folklore, myths and a lot more have earned it the moniker of the Valley of Gods.
House of Temples
It is home to numerous ancient temples, some famous and some perched deep in the hills and thus known only to the locals. Every village in Kullu has its deity, adhering to their different set of rituals for some centuries now. Several temples have the main idols carved out of solid gold, with the idols serving as village heads as well, intertwined in the daily life of the people here. The deities are housed in the revered structures, usually the highest building in the village.
Those seeking to delve deeper into the religious side of Kullu have a lot up their sleeve, with temples that are as famous as the Bijli Mahadev, Adi Brahma Temple (near Bhuntar Airport), Trijuli Narayan Temple (Dayar, near Bhuntar), Bajaura Temple (around 5 km from Bhuntar), Raghunath Temple (Sultanpur), Shamsher Mahadev Temple, Skerin Temple (near Jalori Jot) and the famous temple of Hadimba Devi and Manu Rishi in Manali.
Each of these temples has a legend attached to it, as fascinating as the one about the Bijli Mahadev Temple. It is believed that the bolts of lightning shatter the shiva lingam that is nestled in the temple every year. It has to be put back in shape by the priest, only to be shattered again by the bolt. Locals believe that the lingam attracts these lightning bolts to ward off evil from the natives, taking the entire wrath on itself.
Kullu has thousands of more such stories waiting for some keen and patient listeners. It is a place full of beliefs, stories, secrets, and temples. Now we know why is called the Valley of Gods. People believe there is God in every corner of this place. It’s always said that visiting Kullu means worshipping all the gods and goddesses at once. It has all the stories and histories of the place. Each temple has its own story to tell. It’s a must-visit if we dabble in the art of storytelling or being privy to some of the most ancient ones.