Jakhu Temple has an interesting legend behind it. This legend is related to Hanuman(monkey lord) during the epic of Ramayana. Lakshmana(Rama’s Brother) got injured by a deadly arrow while fighting with devil Ravana's son Meghnath . . In order to save his life ,when lord Hanuman was moving towards Himalaya to get sanjeewani herb , all of a sudden he saw Yaaku sage on Jakhu mountain in penance . This place was named Jakhu , after the same sage .In order to gather more details about sanjeewani , lord Hanuman landed here . As a result of which Jakhu mountain which earlier was much higher ,half sunk into earth . After getting information about herb Sanjivini lord Hanuman promised yaaku to meet him back , yaaku made a small temple to commemorate the visit of lord Hanuman. The temple has been built around the place that is supposed to have the footprints of Hanuman. It is a highly revered religious place of Shimla and devotees throng in huge numbers to pray. Devotees from all over the country come here, especially at the time of Dussehra festival celebrations.
The original dates of temple is not known, but it was believed that this temple was exited from the time of Ramayana, a pre-historic event as per ancient Hindu texts. The Jakhu hill offers excellent views of sunrise, sunset, mountains and town.