In the Mandi district, Parashar is a region famous for its beautiful lake and the Hindu shrine. Parashar Temple here is dedicated to Rishi Parashar. He was the grandson of Rishi Vashishta, a great sage in Hindu mythology.
The exact history of the Parashar Temple is unknown, but according to folklores, it took around 18 years to complete its construction. Many also believe that the architecture belongs to that of the 14th century and was commissioned by Ban Sen, the king of Mandi.
About Parashar Temple
This wooden temple has a pagoda style of architecture with intricate carvings of animals and serpents. As legend states, it is made of deodar wood. The region has emerged as a popular tourist destination besides being a pilgrimage site. Pilgrims from India and across the world throng this place particularly during the annual festival held in the month of June.
Place around Parashar Temple
The quaint mountain range has some apt places for meditations and you will find many sages wandering here. The beauty of the surrounding region impresses tourists. The Parashar Lake is the pride of this valley. It is also an ideal retreat for nature lovers coming to this state. During winter, the snow capped peaks look stunning. As legends say, Rishi Parashar meditated here. This lake came into existence after he struck the ground with a stick from where water flowed. You will find this lake occasionally frozen during January and February. To enjoy its the best time to visit is from June to December