Where the sun rises with the sound of temple bells, where people
have built such faith in God that even marriages are fixed after
seeking permission of gods. Welcome to this valley of gods having
There are three styles of temple architecture in the valley.
style: The type of temple architecture common in the valley
is Pagoda style. Hadimba Temple
(Manali) , Tripura
(Naggar), Adi Brahma Temple (Khokhan), Trijugi Narayan Temple
(Dyar) and Manu Temple (Shenshar) are examples of such architecture.
style: Bishweshwar temple
(Bajaura), Shiv Temple (Naggar), Gauri Shankar Temple (Dashal),
Shiv Temple (Jagatsukh) are built in Shikhara (pyramidal) style.
The art of these temples gives an impression of the style prevalent
during Gupta period. Of these Bishweshwar temple, Bajaura is the
largest stone temple in the valley.
Pahari style: Pahari style is a mixture
of all other temple forms. Bhuvneshwari Temple and Bijli Mahadev
Temple in Kullu are excellent examples of this form of temple
Temples bearing archaeological worth were mostly put up between
8th to 13th century. During this period architectural beauty of
the temples was at its best. The art declined between 13th and
16th century but gained popularity in the 16th century.
13th century marked the downfall of Shikhara (pyramidal) style
of temples. After 15th century the temples constructed were mainly
wooden. The woodcarvings on the temples feature great archaeological
importance and are aesthetically magnificent to date.
The temples of Kullu lack rock inscriptions. The period of their
construction is mainly based on the legends as narrated by the
deity on his birth anniversary by means of the 'Gur' who acts
as his spokesperson.