Rishi Temple is one of the main temples of Banjar valley dedicated
to Shringa Rishi who is the chief deity of Banjar Valley.
It was due to the yagna performed by the Rishi in the Tretayug
(according to Hindu mythology it is the second of the four ages
of progressive decline through which the world is considered to
pass within each aeon) that King Dashratha of Ramayana was blessed
with his sons.
The legend behind the presence of Shringa Rishi temple goes,
"Once there was a Pindi (sacred stone) who started talking
to a man and introduced himself as sage Shringa Rishi who had
performed the yagna for King Dashratha. He asked the person to
take him to an isolated place. The man took the pindi and placed
it in the jungle. The sage didn't like the place and went to Skeeran
Jot (a hill). After a few years with the help of a shepherd he
came down to Village Baggi where the villagers built a temple
for the sage."
The temple is constructed in Pagoda cum Pahari style. It has
four roofs and the woodwork in the temple is of par excellence.
The deity visits Hamta and Malana after every 12 years.
The temple is 13 km from Banjar. Local bus service is available
and taxis can be hired to reach this place.