Magnificent Mandi , an important historical, cultural and religious centre nestles on the left banks of the river Beas .It was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of mandi and also a major commercial centre mandi also a major commercial centre Mandi and also a major commercial Centre Mandi also known as Varanasi of Hills has 81 exquisitely carved temples .The most important are of Bhutnath.Triolknath, Panchvaktra and Shyamakali at Tarna Hill .Mandi is also associated with saint Mandva who is believed to have mediated of Shivaratri Festival. The celebration last for eight days and during this time images of the deities of the nearby temples are brought in a colorful procession to the shrine of lord Bhutnath.(Shiva)
The present District Of Mandi was formed with the merger of two princely states Mandi and Suket on 15th April 1948, when the State of Himachal Pradesh came into existence..
The chiefs of Mandi and Suket are said to be from a common ancestor of the Chandravanshi line of Rajputs of Sena dynasty of Bengal and they claim their descent from the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. The ancestors of the line believed to have ruled for 1,700 years in Indarprastha(Delhi), until one Khemraj was driven out by his Wazir, Bisarp, who then took
over the throne. Khemraj, having lost his kingdom, fled eastward and settled in Bengal, where 13 of his successors are said to have ruled for 350 years. From there they had to flee to Ropar in Punjab, but here also the king, Rup Sen, was killed and one of his sons, Bir Sen, fled to the hills and reached Suket.The State of Suket is said to have been founded by Bir Sen, an ancestor of the Sena Dynasty of Bengal.
The seperation of Mandi from suket took place about the year 1200 AD. Upto that time, it was the single state of Suket. The then reigning chief Sahu Sen had a quarrel with his younger brother Bahu Sen, who left Suket to seek his fortunes elsewhere.
Bahu Sen after leaving Suket settled at Manglan in Kullu, where his descendents lived for 11 generations. then chief, Kranchan Sen was killed fighting against the Kullu Raja and his Rani, who was pregnant at that time. fled alone to her father who was the chief of Seokot, who had no son.
Here she gave birth to a baby boy who was named Ban, the tree under which he was born. Ban had hardly crossed the age of 15 when he defeated the chief of Kilti who used to plunder travellers.On the death of the chief of Seokot, Ban succeeded to the chiefship of Seokot.
He, after some time killed the Rana of Sakor and took posesssion of his lands. he then changed his residence to Bhiu, on the banks of Beas and a few miles from the present Mandi town.
The holy lake with floating island is equally sacred to Sikhs, Hindu and Buddhists. A Buddhist Monastery, Gurudwara and a temple are built on the bank of the lake. it is believed that sage Padma Sambhava, A Buddhist preacher, went to Tibet from here to preach the doctrine of ‘The enlightened’. Guru Gobind Sing , the tenth Sikh guru visited Mandi and stayed here.
The serene lake surrounded by mountains is located near Baghi Village. The three storied pagoda like shrine of sage Prashar is to be built by Raja Ban Sen of Mandi in the 14 century amidst tranquil surroundings.
The beautiful town is noted for its scenic beauty and temples of Sukhdev Vatika and Mahyama.
it is famous for the largest Hydro electric project.The reservoir is located at Barot, Which Can be reached by an electric Trolley.
Mandi is connected with
By Airport :Bhuntar (Kullu)(59km)
By Railhead:Joginder Nagar (55km)and Pathankot(210km)
By Road : well connected by road