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Manu Temple, Manali Overview

Manu Temple, a beautiful temple dedicated to Sage Manu, is located in the mesmerizing valley of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple lies in the Beas River Valley, in Kullu District which is about 275 kilometres North of Shimla. The topographical features of the valley are inviting, and trekkers all over the world are drawn to Manali. It has been a tourist attraction for quite some years, and travellers wanting to come closer to the divine powers of Indian deities usually come here seeking peace and to be spiritually enlightened. As one explores the region, they are sure to notice the calmness around the beautiful Manu Temple. Absorb the tranquillity as you breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the pleasant greenery around.

The Manu Temple is said to be the only temple dedicated to the King Manu, who was later known as Sage Manu in India. The temple is a pagoda structure that offers a glimpse into history and spirituality through its fascinating architecture. The name Manali was derived from the Sage's name who is believed to be the creator of the human race.

Some may find it difficult to reach Manu Temple because there is only a narrow road that leads to the shrine; however, the journey is certainly pleasant. You'd be exhilarated on making it to the magnificent temple and surely will feel blessed at the sight of the deity.

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History of Manu Temple

Manu Temple is dedicated to King Vaivasvata Manu, who is believed to be the creator of the human race. He is also called the Sanatan Hindu Lawgiver. The ancient scripts have mentions of the Sage with the name Manu Alaya which translates into the abode of Manu. According to a legend, Sage Manu found a small carp fish in a river he was washing his hands in. The carp was actually Lord Vishnu appearing as a fish and asking the sage to rescue him. The sage then put the carp in a bowl to save him. The fish soon became too big to fit in the bowl, so the sage moved him to a bigger bowl. The fish, however, kept on increasing in size and the sage had to move it back to the river. Once in the river, the fish grew to a size that the river couldn't accommodate. The sage eventually moved the fish to the ocean.

It was then that Lord Vishnu appeared in his real form and informed Sage Manu about the flood that would wipe life off the planet. The sage then built a boat big enough to accommodate his family and nine kinds of animals, birds and seeds. After the flood was over, he landed on earth from his boat and meditated.

The location where he is believed to have meditated is the location where the Manu Temple has been constructed. The king was thus known as a sage. Sage Manu is also attributed to the Laws of Manu or the Manusmriti, which form the basis of Hinduism through a converse given to a group of Rishis to guide them to deal with catastrophes and maintain peace and harmony in the society.

Architecture of Manu Temple

The architecture of the Manu Temple is a pagoda style of architecture and is usually found to be the style of most of the shrines in Himachal Pradesh. The most significant characteristic of this structure is the tiered tower or the diminishing wooden roof which looks similar to the shrines of Nepal. The structure of Manu Temple is mainly made of wood and concrete and signifies the ancient form of Pagoda architecture which evolved from the Stupas. It is also believed that the Pagodas are demon arresters as they attract lightning during thunderstorms by functioning like lightning rods.

Best Time to Visit Manu Temple

The best time to visit Manu Temple is between April and June as the weather is mostly cold but pleasant to explore the location during this time. The maximum temperature between April and June could reach 35 degrees Celcius and a minimum of 6 degrees Celcius. Monsoons get an average rainfall of 220 mm from July to September and winters get extremely cold with moderate to heavy snowfall and temperatures ranging from -1 degree Celcius to 18 degrees Celcius from October to March.

Tips for Visiting Manu Temple

1. Photography is not allowed inside the temple; however, enthusiasts can click as many pictures as they want of the scenery outside the temple.
2. Wear clothes long enough to cover your knees and keep the shoulders covered.
3. Visitors have to park their vehicles a little distance away and walk to reach the temple as the stretch of road is too narrow for vehicles to pass.
4. Keep the surroundings clean and unpolluted.
5. The tour packages for Manali generally doesn't include this temple as the way to reach it is via a narrow road. However, you can ask the local driver to take you there.

How To Reach Manu Temple

The Manu Temple is about three kilometres from Manali Market and can be reached by foot or by public transport. The closest railway station is the Jogindernagar Railway Station which is about 165 kilometres away from Manali. Travellers can hail public transport of rent tourist cabs to reach Manu Temple via NH154 or NH3.

The closest Airport is the Kullu Manali Airport in Bhuntar, which is at a distance of 55 kilometres from the beautiful Manu Temple. Travellers can rent cabs or avail state transport to reach the temple via Kullu - Naggar - Manali road.

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