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Vashisht Temple in Manali

Beside the gurgling stream of Beas River, Vashisht Village is stationed upon a summit. The village is well known for the Vashisht Temple, named after Rishi Vashisht, one of the seven Hindu sages. Many pilgrims bathe in the hot spring inside the temple. It is said that this spring has medicinal values and there are separate arrangements of bathing for men and women.

The Vashisht Temple is believed to be more than 4000 years old. It was adorned with wooden engravings, most of which is still intact. Legend has it that when Rishi Vashisht got to know that his children were killed by Vishwamitra, he jumped off the cliff with commit suicide. But the river didn’t kill him. This lead to the christening of the river as Vipasha, which means Freedom from Bondage; but later the name was changed to Beas. Another story of Vashishta Temple says that Lord Lakshman, after realizing that the old sage has to take long strolls in order to take bath, shot an arrow in the ground, and that’s how the hot spring emerged.