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15 great facts about Manu temple in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

The Manu Temple in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, holds great religious and historical significance. Here are some interesting facts about the Manu Temple:

Dedicated to Sage Manu

1. Manu Temple is located in the Old Manali region. The temple is named after Sage Manu, who is believed to be the creator of humankind in Hindu mythology. According to Hindu scriptures, Sage Manu is the first human being and the father of the human race.

Ancient Structure:

2. The Temple is dedicated to the famous Indian  Sage – King Vaivasta Manu. 

The Temple is an ancient wooden structure that dates back to the 16th century. It is built in traditional Pagoda-style architecture, showcasing intricate carvings and design work. 

3. King Vaivasta Manu is believed to be the creator of the human race (creator of this world). 

4. The Temple is only temple on this planet that is dedicated to this sage (King Vaisvasta Manu). 

5. Location:

The temple is located in the old town of Manali, near the old Manali Bridge. It is situated on the banks of the Beas River, amidst lush green surroundings, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

The Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimages for the devotees of this saint (King  Vaisvasta Manu). 

Manu temple Manali

6.  Rituals and Festivals:

The temple is a popular pilgrimage site for devotees. Regular prayers and rituals are performed by the priest of the temple. Festivals like Manu Dugra, which celebrates the birth anniversary of Sage Manu, are celebrated with great fervour.

The structure of the Temple is carved out from a blend of both wood and concrete.

7. Hot Spring:

Adjacent to the Temple, there is a natural hot water spring believed to have medicinal properties. Devotees take a dip in this hot spring to cleanse themselves spiritually.

The Temple offers exotic views of the Beas River and magnificent hills.  It is a great place to be at to view the entire area.

8. Some legends rely heavily on the fact that the present-day temple is the exact place where the sage Manu would meditate regularly. 

9. The architecture of the Temple is an old architectural temple style and inspired from the pagoda style (evolved from the Stupas). 

10. Historical Importance:

It is believed that after the Great Flood, Sage Manu chose this place to meditate and recreate human life. Therefore, the Manali region holds significant historical importance according to Hindu mythology.

The beauty of the temple is amplified ten times more gorgeous as it is surrounded  by the Beas River Valley. 

11. Architecture:

The Temple follows traditional Himachali architecture, with its unique wooden carvings, vibrant colours, and intricate designs. The temple is a visual treat and reflects the rich heritage and craftsmanship of the region.

The most beautiful part of the Temple is its “Tiered Tower”. 

12. The level of spirituality and religious significance is quite high at the Temple. 

13. The Temple follows strict conducts with regards to whom they let in. So, if you are  really desirous of exploring this ancient brilliance, you have to religiously follow their codes of  conduct, especially the way you dress while visiting there. 

14. Attractions near to the Temple are “Hidimba Temple, Vashisht Village, Hampta Pass,  Deo Tibba, Kothi, Bhrigu Lake”. 

15. The Temple has a diminishing wooden roof, which is closely to the some of the ancient  shrines in and around Nepal.

Visiting the Temple in Manali allows you to experience the spirituality, history, and architectural beauty associated with it. The serene surroundings and religious significance make it a must-visit destination for both devotees and tourists.

Text by Ashutosh Kumar 

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