During the period 1835-1860, Maharaja Gulab Singh was built Raghunath Temple. The overall construction of this lovely shrine was started in 1851 and finished in 1857 by his son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh. It has seven historical sites that with a tower where three major deities of different manifestations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya and Lord Shiva are residing in this temple. Located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, this shrine is one of the largest temple complexes of north India. The main presiding deity is Rama, an Avatar of Vishnu & the Dogra's patron deity. This temple is totally influenced with the epic Ramayana.
The icon was brought from Ayodhya, the origin of Rama. It is surrounded with many galleries and lakhs of Saligrams. There are some temples are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses connected with the epic Ramayana. The temple is also famous for its several paintings of the Rama Lila and Krishna Lila. The inner sanctums of the temple are housed with huge statues of Gods and Goddesses, Siva and Surya and several lingams.
The spiritual life style of Kullu valley rotates around this holy icon of Raghunathji. The festival of Kullu Dussera festival is celebrated for one week here in the month of October. On the day, the statue of Raghunathji is ritually brought down to the valley from the mountains. The God present in this valley for a week. During it, one can enjoy varied cultural dance competition held every evening. Hence, it becomes the center of all religious passion.