Vaishno Devi Temple, Kullu

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Address of this place -

2 Km Milestone from Kullu Road, NH 21, Himachal Pradesh

Travel Destination -

Kullu

Country -

India

ISD/STD Code -

91-01902

Area Pincode -

175101

Local Time -

8:00 AM

Local Weather -

Current temprature- 17.04, Minimum - 8.64, Maximun - 17.42
light rain with humidity 55% and Wind speed of 0.4 mph.

How to Reach -

The airport at Bhunter is 10 km from Kullu, where taxis and buses are available.
By road, the distance from Delhi is 530 km , Shimla - 240 km. From Delhi, HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches ply to Kullu daily. During tourist season there is a daily luxury coach to Shimla.

About this place -

Vaishno Devi Temple, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kullu-Manali National Highway No. 21

Vaishno Devi Temple, commonly known as the Mahadevi Tirth, is named after the Goddess of mountains and wife of Lord Shiva Parvati. The temple stands stoic in the scenic valley of Kullu, in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh and was built way back in the year 1966. The foundations of this pretty temple were laid in the year 1962 by Swami Sewak Das ji Maharaj.Vaishno Devi Temple, located at a distance of 2km from the beautiful town of Kullu on Kullu-Manali Road, offers multicultural experiences to tourists and pilgrims visiting its vibrant and pioneering precincts. Devotees visiting this beautiful temple dedicated to an incarnation of Goddess Durga are smitten by the majestic hills, sprawling forests and magnificent apple orchards which sprawl across the surroundings of its complex. Located close to the banks of the mighty River Beas, the shrines connected with Vaishno Devi Temple can also be accessed from Dhalpur-which is 4 km away.Built along the lines of the hills, this temple has a scenic approach road and takes a while to reach the main shrine which is surrounded by ornate pillars and age old sculptures. The entrance to the main temple of Vaishno Devi makes devotees crawl on their knees through narrow rock cut paths--which lead into the Garbh Gufa or abode of the Goddess. The temple is a classy example of smart engineering and steers pilgrims through the shrines of various deities before they reach the main abode of the Goddess. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.The perfect weather conditions for visiting this lovely mountainous location and its multiple religious shrines falls in the month of October. Most visitors like to visit these parts of the country between June-September.The Himalayan Village,Himalayan Kothi Kais,Apple Valley Resorts are some of the hotels located near to the temple. The nearest airport is Bhunter airport which handles regular flights from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla. The nearest rail route is located at 125 km from Kullu, at Jogindernagar. Regular buses and taxis ply between the railroad and Kullu.

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Kullu (1220m) was once known as Kulanthapitha - 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. Kullu got its first motorable access only after independence. The long centuries of seclusion have however allowed the area to retain a considerable measures of its traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys, each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other.

The Silver Valley has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests, bursts forth in the blooms and in the fruit of every orchard. Here are riches which cannot be measured and echo down the ages with the words of every myth and ancient legend and glow in the warm smiles of its gentle people. There is pleasure in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every gurgle you hear in the clear mountain streams.

KULLU DUSSEHRA : When Dussehra celebrations comes to an end in the rest of country, it begins at Kullu. Over 300 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Ragunath. This is a time when the valley is at its colorful best.

RAGHUNATH TEMPLE : In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Ragunath (Lord Rama). This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and is greatly revered.

BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE (14 km) : At 2460m, this is set on a spur that offers some spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that periodically draws lighting which shatters the Linga and scorches the building. Using only butter as adhesive, the Linga is then carefully pieced together by the temple pundit.

BASHESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE BAJURA (15 KM) : One of the most charming temple in Kullu, this is renowned for its intricate stone carvings.

OTHER TEMPLES : The Vaishno Devi temple (4km), the Devi Jagannath Temple at Bekhli (5 km) and the Vishnu temple at Dayar (12 km) are other important shrines around Kullu.

KAISDHAR (15 KM) : A high meadow fringed by deodar trees. A picturesque spot.