Raghunath Temple, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Raghunath Temple, Kullu

Location: Dedicated to the guardian deity of Kullu, Raghunath Temple is one of the most revered religious places in Himachal Pradesh.

Description: Raghunath Temple is a prominent religious attraction of Kullu. A prominent facet of this shrine is that it houses the same idol which was utilized by Lord Rama during Ashwamedha Yagya. It is believed that Raja Jagat Singh, who built this temple in 1660 AD, was cursed by a peasant, Durgadatta. To get freed from this curse, a Brahmin advised him to retrieve the idol of Raghunath Ji from Ayodhya, Ram’s Kingdom. As per the order of Raja Jagat Singh, the idol was brought from Tretnath temple of Ayodhya. The king drank the water sanctified by the idol regularly for 42 days and got relieved from the curse. Since then, people regard the deity as their guardian who protects them from all evil forces. This majestic shrine is beautifully designed using Pahari and Pyramidal style of Hindu temple architecture. Prayers are offered to the chief deity five times in a day.

Activities: Kullu Dussehra, a seven day festival, is celebrated in the honor of Lord Ram every year with great grandiosity and fervor.

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