town encloses temples of sages as Manu and Vashishta who realized
the sanctity of the valley and practiced austerity here.
Manu Rishi Temple, 3 km from Manali, is a beautiful structure
with a five-storey pagoda type of roof with a brass 'Kalasa' crowning
the top. This temple is dedicated to Rishi Manu from whom human
race is said to have started. This land was known as 'Land of
Manu' and was later renamed Manali after him.
Vashishtha Temple, Manali is another temple dedicated
to a sage. It was built in Pahari style about 400 years ago. In
the temple there is a stone statue of Rishi Vashishtha clad in
dhoti, cap & a white shawl on the shoulder.
Hadimba Devi Temple at Dhungri takes us back to the Mahabharata
age when the Pandavas came to the valley during their exile. The
temple contains idol of Hadimba installed on a rock, which is
inside the temple. It is believed that she used to meditate sitting
on it. Local people worship her as goddess Durga. This temple
built by Raja Bahadur Singh in 1553 AD has been constructed in
The above mentioned three temples can be approached by taxis