Away from the usual touristy places, lies Manu Temple, the best kept secret of Manali. Cocooned in the Beas River Valley of Old Manali, this is the only temple in India dedicated to the ancient law-giver of India, Manu Rishi.
The journey on foot
The narrow lanes with an upward steep felt tiring in the first go but as the morning Sun and pleasant breeze embraced us, it kept us going. The road is not motor-able though we spotted locals driving Maruti 800 (the most common car there) on those steep roads.
The sight of hip hop colourful eating joints, little cafes by the river side and bike renting shops was quite thrilling. The quiet lanes of Manali apparently appeal to people from abroad. Few come to meditate, few for break year after school and many come in search of Marijuana. India being half as expensive as their country, makes them settle here. Most of the bike renting shops were owned by NRIs.
We paced slowly towards Manu temple observing the clouds, old houses, vegetable shops and the lifestyle of the people. No wonder why do hill stations appeal so much!
Manu Rishi is the originator of human race and also the creator of Manusmriti, the book that laid the foundation of mankind. This is the only temple in India dedicated to Manu Rishi and the name Manali was derived from him. The honorable Rishi meditated here after stepping on the planet.
Paving our way through the slippery stone path, the sight of the temple was sheer delight. A huge rustic looking bell at the entrance of the temple said it all. The ancient temple was rebuilt in 1992 with an addition of curved ceiling and marble floor. The whole structure is made with wood and stones. The river Beas flowing by, adds mystical charm to the temple.
This was quite fascinating. As we entered the main shrine, the whole wooden flooring, peaceful ambiance and the neat spacious hall filled us with tranquility. Worshipers sit on the wooden floor and meditate for hours. The blue sky and clouds wave hello to you through the windows.
No loud music or snob display of richness was the ultimate experience! After all the whole mankind runs after peace of mind, isn’t it? We came out enriched with spiritual bliss. We walked out and made a new furry friend. The kind management of the temple and people around the premises are canine friendly. They don’t mind sharing space with these fur balls.
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Location– 3 km from Old Manali’s main bazaar and 1.5 km from Hotel Rohtang Manalsu.
Entry fee- None
Time to spend- 30 minutes to one hour
Dress Code- None but one should be dressed decently.