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Bhootnath Temple
 
It is as old as the town Mandi itself and dates back to the 1520s. In March, the festival of Shivratri is a major event and the Bhootnath temple is its focus. For and entire week the town celebrates the arrival of hundreds of local deities on elaborately decorated palanquins
 
Syamakall Temple
 

Also called the temple of Tarna Devi, this is high on Tarna hill which rises above the town. In the 17th century this was built by Raja Syama Sen after a perticularly tring time when the goddess gave him success.

 
Raghunath Temple
 
Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a senior countier to Ayodhya for a statue of lord Raghunath - lord Rama. This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and even today, is greatly revered.
 
Bijli Mahadev Temple
 
It is set on a spur that offers some spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that periodically draws lightning which shatters the Shivlinga and scorches the building. Using only butter as adhesive, the linga is then carefully pieced together by the temple pundit.
 
Ram temple
 
This is located near the Yamuna bridge. With exquisite marble work, this was built in 1889 in memory of raja Partap Chand of Kangra by his wife who originally belonged to Sirmour.
 
Parashurama Tal and renuka Temple
 
At the base of the Renuka lake, this large pool is considered to embrace lord Parshurama, who wished too spend all eternity at his mother's feet. Reportedly built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in early 19th century. The original temple of Renukaji is here.
Shiva Temple
 
Surrounded by fields and sal trees, the linga in this temple is supposed to be steadily increasing in size.
 
Katasan Devi Temple
 
Also known as Uttam Wala Bara Ban, this is on the Paonta Sahib - Nahan road. This shrine is revered by local people. At this spot, the forces of sirmour defeated the maruding armies of Ghulam Qadir Khan Rohiolla
 
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple
 
One of the most charming temples in the Kullu valley, this is renowned for its intricate stone carvings.
 
Balasundari Temple
 
Legend has it that the Devi's pindi appeared in the bag of solt brought by a local trader. The temple built by raja Deep Parkash of Sirmour in 1573.