natives of Kullu valley have developed enduring faith in the Supreme
Being. Any vital decision they take is directed by the God's will.
It may be marriage fixing, starting a new business or construction
of a house. People advance every step of their life, after seeking
permission of the deities.
Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Bijli Mahadev, Juani
Mahadev, Jageshar Mahadev and Shensher Mahadev. Brahma and Vishnu
are worshipped as local deities.
Manu, Beas, Vashishtha, Kapil, Parshuram and Narad are the sages
worshipped in the valley. These sages realized the sanctity of
the valley and settled here. Through their knowledge, bravery
and good deeds they acquired the position of God during the epic
The system of prayer in the temples
of local deities is very different and is not according to the
shastras (ancient scriptures). The custom of animal sacrifice
is still prevalent in this region. Sacrifices are also made to
calm the evil spirits.
person who is a communicating link between the God and people
is called 'Gur'. It is believed that the spirit of deity enters
the Gur and predicts the future and promises to help people in
time of need. People acquaint him with their difficulties and
get answers. It is believed that wrath of gods may cause natural
This valley has 18 Nag (holy snakes) temples. The most important
Vasuki Nag's temple is in Halaan village, near Naggar. These snakes
are believed to be gods possessing supernatural powers. Surya
Pooja (worshipping the sun) is also prevalent. There is a Surya
temple in Nirath.
Most goddesses worshipped in the valley are forms of Durga (a
powerful goddess destroying evil). She is worshipped as Hadimba,
Vaishno Devi and Bhuvneshwari. People also worship Yoginees, who
are believed to be the helpers of Goddess Durga. They also help
the people in distress. Their temples are in Bahu near Jallori