Maa Sharvari Temple, Kullu Manali

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Photography, Religion, History.
  • Entry Fee: No entry fee
  • Visiting Time:  In Morning 5 am to 12 pm and in Evening from 4 pm to 9 pm daily.
  • Visiting Duration: 1 to 2 hours.

Kullu Manali is the most sought after tourist destination in India because of the majestic view of the Himalayas from this region. This place is a true nature’s paradise with the cascading waterfalls, the gushing rivers and streams, the snow-capped mountains and the various fruit orchards. To cover this delicious cake made of the bounty of nature is some of the sacred places that symbolize different religions at the best of their ability. Maa Sharvari Temple, located 5 km away from the Manali Bus Stop, is one such remarkable religious abode that is not only a place of immense sacredness, but, also a place that is associated with stories dating back to the past. Thus, as a pilgrimage destination and also as a natural paradise, Maa Sharvari Temple tops the list among the noteworthy places in Kullu Manali.

Maa Sharvari Temple
Photo by Shahnoor Habib Munmun, CC BY 3.0

Traveller Tips

  • Wear decent and fresh clothes if you wish to offer your prayers to the incarnation of Goddess Durga, namely, Maa Sharvari.
  • Do not carry cigarettes, alcohol and non-vegetarian food in the premises of the temple.
  • Do not click photographs in the restricted zones of the temple.
  • Maintain decency and do not create a chaos while standing in the queue.

Things to Do

  • Offer your prayers to the age-old deity.
  • Take photographs of the panoramic view of the surrounding.
  • If you are visiting the temple in winter, play with the snow lying all around.
  • The lovers of adventure can even go for a trek in a group accompanied by a local guide.

Availability of Guides

You will not come across a professional guide there. However, the local people are very good and would gladly help you out with the way. The priests at the temple will also narrate the history of the ancient temple if they are free.

Best Time to Visit

The Maa Sharvari Temple can be visited at any time of the year. However, as Maa Sharvari is an incarnation of Goddess Durga, the best time to visit the temple would be during the Hindu festival of Dussehra as the celebrations are magnificent at that time.

How to Reach

The Maa Sharvari Temple is located only 5 km away from the Manali Bus Stop. It can be reached in a hassle-free manner in a hired cab or a private bus.

Interesting Facts About the Maa Sharvari Temple

  • Maa Sharvari is an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
  • She is the deity who was worshipped by the Kullu Kings since time immemorial.
  • The temple is decorated at its best during the festival of Dussehra.
  • During the festival of Dussehra, the idol of Maa Sharvari is taken to Kullu in a grand procession to meet God Raghunath Ji.

Nearby Attractions

  • Hidimba Devi Temple
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Solan Valley
  • Bhrigu Lake
  • Pandoh Dam
  • Bijli Mahadev
  • Great Himalayan National Park
  • Manu Temple
  • Manali Club House
  • Museum of Himalayan Culture, Folk and Art
  • River Beas

Nearby Restaurants

  • Il Forno
  • Café 1947
  • Johnson’s Bar and Restaurant
  • Chopsticks
  • Drifters’ Café
  • The Johnson’s Café
  • Renaissance Italian and Mexican
  • The Lazy Dog
  • Casa Bella Vista
  • Mom’s Kitchen
  • Fat Plate Café
  • The Corner House

The ancient charm and the peeling of the temple’s bells echo in the region even today. The holiness of the temple and the strong, solemn belief of the local people as well as the Hindu tourists have given this ancient temple its worthy respect and recognition. Thus, as a pilgrim or even as a lover of history, the Maa Sharvari Temple is a must visit for all.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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