Manali’s `history’ is really more myth than history. According to Hindu mythology, Manali was the home of the lawgiver Manu. Vaivasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu, the first creation according to Hindu mythology, found a tiny fish in his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion, for one day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu cared for the fish until it grew so huge that he released it into the sea. Before departing, the fish warned Manu of an impending deluge when the entire world would be submerged and bade him to build a seaworthy ark. Manu and the gods were towed to dry ground by a giant fish, which was the seventh `avatar’ of the god Vishnu. He is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. Thus Manali derviced its name from Manu.