district of Himachal Pradesh, India
Kullu (Punjabi:ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਲਾ ਕੁੱਲੂ) is a district in Himachal Pradesh.
Places to visit are as following :
- Bijli Mahadev. Bijli Mahadev temple is a 'Khash' style temple that has a 'SHIVLINGAM' installed in it. This temple is situated in a main Town with lush green forests in the background, 14 km from Kullu, at height of about 1924 m. This place got its name after the great miracle that occurs occasionally. The Shivlingam is struck by lightning and breaks into pieces, then the priest of the temple collects all the pieces and joins them together with the help of butter, which acts as an adhesive. During July, a great rush of people come here to pay homage to LORD SHIVA.
- Jaggannathi Temple, Bhekhali. Jaggannathi temple is situated at Bhekhali just 7 km from Kullu and before Vaishno Devi Temple.
- Khir-Ganga. Khirganga is situated in Parvati Valley at a distance of 25 km form Manikaran. To reach Khirganga one needs to get a bus from Manikaran up to Barshaini; around 13 km, and from there to Khirganga on foot. This trek leads through hilly terrain by Nakthan village. This tribal village is the last village of Kullu district. This is where 'kartik ji', the eleder son of Lord Shiva remained in Samadhi for thousand years.
- Raghunath Temple, Sultanpur. This temple is situated at Sultanpur, I km fromm main Kullu Bus Stand. The temple is dedicated to 'Raghunath Ji', the chief deity of Kullu. The world famous 'Kullu Dussehra' is held after his name. It is believed that the idol in the temple is the one that was used by Lord Rama while performing the 'ASHWAMEGHYAGNA'
- Vaishno Devi Temple. Vaishno Devi Temple is located just 5 kim form Kullu on the Kullu-Manali Road N.H. No.1.
From Khirganga back to Kullu and Night halt at Kullu.
- Adi-Brahma Temple, Khokhan. Adi Brahma Temple is located in the village Khokhan just 4 km from Bhuntar. It is a massive wooden structure. This temple has idols of 'Adi-Bhahma ji' in the center and temple of 'Garh Jogni & Manikaran Jogni' on the left and right side of the temple.
- Bishweshwar Temple, Bajaura. Bishweshwar Temple is located in the village Bajaura, just 5 km from Bhuntar. It is the largest and the most attractive stone temple of Kullu Valley. This temple, built in the ninth century in pyramid style and is built on SHANKRACHARYA Padhati of Panch Dev Puja. It is said that the Pandavas built it in one day. Due to its wonderful architecture, it withstood the severe earthquake of 1905. This temple has been declared as a protected monument.
- Manikaran. Manikaran is situated in Parvati Valley, at the distance of 34 km from Bhuntar. The water from the hot sulphur spring at Manikaran is said to have medicinal value and is a cure for number of chronic ailments. Manikaran is also known for temple of 'Lord Shiva' who remained in 'Samsadhi' for eleven thousand year in 'Treta Yug'. Temple of 'Maryada Parshotam Ram' Naina Mata and Gurdwara Shri Hari Har Ghat are also there. Manikara sahib is a pilgrim of Sikhs as well as Hindus. First Guru of Sikh's Shri Guru Nanak Dev is visited this place along with their disciple Mardana. Its a very important place for both Sikhs and Hindus, every day few thousand people visit this place, especially during summers by many people from Punjab and other parts of India visit this place. Food (Langar) and accommodation is provided in Gurdwara free of cost.
- Triyug Narayan Temple, Dyar. Tryyug Narayan Temple is located in the village Dyar 12 km from Bhuntar. This 'Pagoda' style temple is dedicated to 'BHAGWAN VISHNU JI' Idols of Bavan Avtar, Budh and Bramari Devi are also there in the temple. This temple was built in 800 AD. Night halt at Bhuntar.