Chehni Kothi is located in Kullu Manali, 60 kilometres from Kullu, 7 kilometres from Banjar, and 66 kilometres from Mandi. Chehni is also well-known for its twin temple towers.
Chehni Kothi is a 1500-year-old structure that served as King Raja Rana Dhadhia’s fortified residence. Chehni is 57 kilometres from Kullu by road, followed by a three-kilometre uphill trek. The fort was partially damaged during the 1905 earthquake. The fort is currently 60 feet tall. The restoration of this temple was aided by a restoration programme carried out by the locals.
Chehni’s tower temple is the tallest structure of its kind in the Western Himalayas. The Bhagwati temple, also known as the Chehni tower, is a nine-tiered structure with four storeys of the stone structure holding the temple’s top five tiers. A wooden staircase is installed near the entrance and can access the temple’s upper levels. The tower’s intermediate point is a projected balcony 12 metres above the ground. The idols of a few gods are placed on the top storey.
Across the street from this temple is the Shringa Rishi temple, the presiding deity of the Tirthan-Banjar valley. This tower stands about 30-35 metres tall, and only locals are permitted to enter the temple. An open courtyard separates these two towers.