25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don’t know

Kullu is a district in Himachal Pradesh, India. The district stretches from the village of Rampur in the south to the Rohtang Pass in the North. According to the 2011 census Kullu district has a population of 437,474, roughly equal to the nation of Malta. The district has a population density of 79 inhabitants per square kilometre (200/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 14.65%. Kullu has a sex ratio of 942 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 80.14%. Lets know about “25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don’t know”.

 

1) Kullu was known as “Kulanth Peeth” which means “end of the habitable world“. It literally means that it is a  place or Peeth where all dharmic tradition and their knowledge ends.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

2) Kullu town was known as “KulutaDesh” in Ancient Granths.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

3) In Vedic Sahitya “KulutaDesh” was known as “Gandharvo ki Bhoomi” which is also mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Puran.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

4) Kullu dynasty was first setup by ‘Vihangamanipal‘ who came from Haridwar(Mayapuri).

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

5) ‘Nirmand‘ town of  distt Kullu is said to be ‘Choti Kashi‘ of Kullu.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

6) Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese traveller who came to Kullu (ancient Kuluta kingdom) in 635 A.D. has said that in the middle of the kuluta kingdom there is a stupa built by “Ashoka The Great“,the Tathagata.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

A stone image of  ‘Avalokiteshvara‘ is still worshipped in this village as Kapil Muni.

7) Captain R.C Scot of British Army was the one who introduced the first British style apple orchards in village Bandrol near Patlikul of Kullu Distt.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

But were not popular because of their taste.

8) Oldest democracy of the world is of village ‘Malana‘ which is in the Parvati Valley of kullu.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

It is also famous for its World Class Hashish which has won two awards for worlds best Hashish.

9) Himachal Pradesh’s biggest hydroelectricity project (2051 MW) is in the Parvati Valley of Kullu distt which supports states of Gujarat, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

10) Solang valley or Solang Nullah(Nala) of Kullu distt hosts the International Skiing Competition like ‘Alpine Premier league’ and also hosts national winter sports.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

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11) Nicholas Roerich– A Russian painter, archaeologist,wroter,a public figure in Russia came to valley in 1929 in village Naggar and remained there till his last breath(1947).

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

The Nicholas Roerich art gallery museum is named after him as there are many rare paintings and other specimen of art.

12) Fish species like Rainbow Trout was also introduced in the rivers and streams of Kullu and Manali by the British.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

13) The Great Himalayan National Park is in the Tirthan Valley of Kullu which is declared as one of the  World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

14) The Rohtang tunnel is one of the World’s highest altitude tunnel at 3100 metres and 8.8 km in length which will reduce the distance by 60 km between the two famous towns of Manali and Keylong .

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

15) Nati performed at International Kullu Dusshera fair holds the Guinness Book of world record for highest number of people performing Nati at once.



25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

16. Manali is the third most favourable place to visit in India as per the latest survey.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know

Some more Mythological & Historical Facts:

1.) Kullu Valley is said to be the last place of exile for Pandavas.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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2) The goddess deity ‘Hidimba‘ of Kullu Dynasty married the legendary ‘Bheem‘ of Mahabharata.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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They both had a son named ‘Gatotkach‘ a warrior who took part in the battle of Mahabharata and had to gave up his life.

3) Sage ‘Shringa Rishi ‘ did the ‘Maha Yagya‘ for the Raja Dashrath in Manali for ‘Putra Prapti‘(granting a son).

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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4) Manali has named after Sage Manu as “Manu + aalya” which means home of Manu. It is believed that the Sage has restarted the life cycle from this place.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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5) The famous Raghunath Temple and palace of kullu distt was built by Raja Jagat Singh in 1660. The Idol of Lord Raghunath was brought from ‘Ayodhya‘ to Kullu by Damodar Das in 1651.

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6) ARJUNA GUFA– It is located near to village Prini, Manali. Arjuna medidated here for years and performed his penance to Lord Indra in acquiring ‘Pashupata Ashtra‘ a mythological weapon.

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7) Deotibba(6001 mtrs)– It is the same peak where Arjuna of Mahabharta prayed to Lord Shiva for years to receive ‘Divya Astra‘ as a boon from Lord Shiva.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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8) The place Bashisht(Vashisht) in Manali is named after Sage Vashisht and is said to be important place for Hindus as it dates back to Ramayana’s time.

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It is also famous for the hot springs . The temple is believed to be more than 4000 years old.

9) The Anjani Mahadev in Solang valley is famous for its ‘Icy Shiva – Lingam ‘ which forms from Oct to March. This manifestation of Shiva is attributed to the penance of Mata Anjani, mother of Lord Hanuman who was conceived here.

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The location was discovered by guru ‘Baba Prakash Puri Ji Maharaj‘ after a divine vision of the place.

Some Important figures belonging to Kullu District:-

1) Pratap Singh – A freedom fighter who was a leader of opposition was hanged to death in 1857 in Dharamshala.

2) Lalchand Prarthi – First minister from the Kullu district who also took part in ‘Bharat Chodo Aandolan” and plan and also written a book named as ‘Kullut Desh ki kahani‘ .

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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 3. Dicky Dolma: is an Indian woman who is known for being the youngest woman to summit Mount Everest during that time at the age of 19 on May 10, 1993.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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4. Shiva Keshavan: five time Olympian and a Arjuna Award winner, Keshavan is the son of an Indian father from Kerala and an Italian mother.

25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don't know
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He was born and brought up in Manali, Himachal Pradesh and attended Lawrence School, Sanawar.

We hope that you enjoyed reading about “25 Facts about Kullu district that you probably don’t know“. It is the fifth factual article from our 12 districts top facts series. Tell us about which district do you wanna know next! 😉

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