At a distance of 0.5 km from Kullu Bus stand, Raghunathji Temple is situated in Sultanpur. Lord Raghunathji is the chief deity of Kullu region. This temple is situated at an elevation of 2050 m and offers amazing views of the surrounding region.
Dedicated to Lord Rama, this temple was built in the 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu. The idol is said to be the same which was used by Lord Rama himself at the time of Ashwamedha Yagna and was brought from Tretnath temple of Ayodhya.
The pagoda-style temple is a beautiful example of Pahari architecture. The main deity of the temple is Lord Rama whose image is enshrined at the main prayer room in the temple. The temple is made of white marble and contains a beautiful vimana. The prime attraction of this temple is the idol of Lord Rama in his chariot. The temple is also known for its white pillars which are adorned with beautiful intricate engravings.
According to the folklore, Raja Jagat Singh was held responsible for the death of a Brahmin family residing in the village of Tipri. It is said that the king had ordered his soldiers to go to Brahmin family and fetch their pearls. The Brahmin set fire to his own house and this led to his death along with his family. The king sought the help and advice of a saint Shri Kishan Dass ji, who lived at Naggar. As per his advice, Jagat Singh embraced Vaishnavism and fetched the idol of Lord Rama from the holy city of Ayodhya. This idol was installed at Raghunathji temple and is visited by devotees across the year.
Dusshehra is the most important festival of this temple and it is celebrated in October / November. This festival marks the victory of good over evil. The celebrations include burning the statue of the demon king Ravana. The idol of Rama is taken in a chariot to Dussehra ground where the idols of Gods from different villages in Kullu valley gather.
Best Time to visit this temple is from May to October.
Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM