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Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Kullu was once known as
Kullanthapitha - the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding
heights of the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay
the fabled Silver Valley. The hill
resort of Kullu is located in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu lies
in the lower reaches of the Himalayan range.
recorded information of this area goes back to 1st century ad, when this valley
began to be inhabited. In the medieval period, Kullu and the area around it was
ruled by a number of local rulers. The capital was at Jagatsukh, 5 km to the
south of Manali. In the 17th century, the capital was shifted to Kullu and the
boundaries of the kingdom extended up to Lahaul and Spiti and the river Sutlej
in the east. Though the valley was strategically located on important trade
routes from north India to Ladakh and beyond, it was isolated from other parts
of the country for many centuries till it came under British rule. The British
governed the Kullu valley from Dharamshala.
Places to Interest in Kullu
Raghunath Temple in the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu
committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a senior counter to
Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Ragunath - Lord Rama. This temple was built by Raja
Jagat Singh to house the image and even today is greatly revered.
Mahadev Temple At 2460 m, this is set on a spur that offers some
spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that periodically
draws lightning which shatters the Shivlinga and scorches the building. Using
only butter as adhesive, the linga is then carefully pieced together by the
Fairs & Festivals The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with much zest
in Kullu. The festivals marks the victory of good over evil falls in the month
of October. Though the Hindu festival is celebrated throughout India Dussehra in
Kullu valley is special. The people in Kullu rejoice for seven long days. Lord
Raghunath's idol is taken through the streets on a palanquin carried by
pilgrims. Five chosen animals namely a crab, a cock, a fish, a buffalo and a
male goat are also sacrificed to mark the occasion amongst the other events. You
must try Lugri the traditional Kullu drink, flows by the gallon during Dusshera.
(1640 m): Situated on the bank of Paravati river, Kasol makes a good
holiday destination. 42kms. from Kulu, charmingly located on an open space which
slopes down to the broad expanse of clear white sand at the Parvati river. The
place is well known for trout fishing.
Manikaran (1700 m): Manikaran, 45kms. from Kulu and just 3kms. from
Kasol, is famous for its hot springs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot
waters here. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables etc. can be cooked
in it. It is also a well known pilgrimage place for both Hindus & Sikhs.
Ramchandra and Shivaji temples besides a Gurudwara are there. According to an
old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort,
Parvati, who lost her ear rings here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank
of Parvati river. Hearing this religious myth from the priests will be more
rewarding and interesting. Ample accomodation in the temples and Gurudwara, is
available for night stay besides the HPTDC hotel.
(2652 m): Little ahead of the beautiful Chanderkhani Pass lies the
village Malana which is famous for the temple of Jamlu and its distinct, social
and cultural life. Malana is considered to be the oldest democracy in the world.
It would be worth while to visit this village to study the style and social
system prevalent there.
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