Bekhli Temple or the Jagannathi Devi Temple is one of the famous temples of Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. The people of Kullu are very religious minded and you can feel it when you pay a visit to Jagannathi Devi Temple. This temple is located at a height of 1,800 m calculated from the sea level.
As per experts of archeological department this temple is almost 1500 years old. The deity of this temple is Bhuweneshawari Devi who was sister to Lord Vishnu. Local people visit this temple regularly to take blessings of Bhubhaneswari Devi. When you take a round in this temple you will get to see beautiful carvings of different avatars of goddesses Durga.
True reflection of local architecture can be observed in this temple. There is one legendry story behind this temple construction. Local people do have high faith in this story and believe in it. It is a story of a Shepherd boy. One fine day the boy noticed accidentally that two girls are dancing on his flute tune which was really magical. He followed them and managed to catch one of them.
The girl whom the boy caught was none other than Bhuweneshawari Devi. She disclosed her identity as goddess Bhuweneshawari and on request of the Shepherd boy she decided to settle down in the village of Bekhli. The idols present in the temple give a true resemblance of Rajasthani influences and Gaddi tribal. The deity in this temple is gorgeously decorated.
Tourist from distant places visits this temple to get the panoramic view of the whole valley right from this place. The adjoining mountains in this region look fantastic. The nearby places from this temple include Chandrakhani Pass, Pandoh Dam, The Great Himalayan National Park, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Hanogi Mata Temple and Raghunath Temple.
This temple is 12 Km away from Kullu and from Manali it is 49 Km. When you visit Kullu Manali make sure to visit this temple to take blessings of ma Bhuweneshawari Devi. If you want to understand the inherent culture of people of Kullu, then on a definite note visit Bekhli Temple.