Manikaran attracts a large number of pilgrims and visitors". It is natural
that, when even important deities (devatas) are taken out in procession and people offer
their pujas to them the importance of the temples where the deities are located will,
In Kulu valleys itself there are about
twenty well-known temples that have been built exclusively of stone. It has beenconcluded
that they mostly originated from 17th century and were meant to propagate the cult of
Vishnu. Vishnu worship does not need any animal sacrifice. The Vishnu worship was, more or
less, substituted for the earlier Goddess cult and the worship of the local devatas, which
needed sacrifice of animals. According to legend in one or two temples human sacrifice
also used to be offered. There have been no human sacrifices reported in the last
one-century or so.
The other temples and mostly those in the
rather inaccessible areas are either entirely of wood or alternate courses of wood and
stone. The forest has abundance of good timber for such purposes.
The Kulu temple-architecture needs a brief
mention. Dr. Vogel has left a good description of the architecture of some of the temples
and there has hardly been any improvement on them". Vogel hesitated to commit himself
to a definite or even approximate date of origin of the largest stone temples in Kulu,
namely the temples of Visheshar-Mahadev.