Manikaran Sahib – A famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs

Manikaran

Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 45 km from Kullu. The Manikaran Gurudwara or Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara is commemorated to the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to this place.

It is mentioned in the Bhai Bala Janam Sakhi or the ‘Twarikh Guru Khalsa’ by Giani Gian Singh. It has been mentioned that accompanied by his disciple Bhai Mardana, the Guru reached Jwalamukhi temple after visiting Kalanaur, Gurdaspur, Dasuya, Triloknath, Palampur and Kangra. The Guru then proceeded towards Mandi and after visiting Chamba and Kulu, he came to Bijli Mahadev. After preaching at all these places Guru Nanak Dev came to Manikaran.

Religious centre

Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples of Lord Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well-known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.

According to legend, when Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the earthquake of 1905.

Hot Springs:

By taking bath here and by drinking water of this place, people go to Heaven, this is said of the Manikaran tract since the times immemorial. It is just like ‘Kashi Kshetra’ and there is no doubt about it. On examination it is understood that the Manikaran hot spring is said to have got Uranium and other radio active minerals.

Demographics

Location : Parvati Valley near Kullu-Manali
Altitude : 1,737m
Houses : Ramchandra temple & Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara
Famous For: Hot Springs
Famous As a : Hindu & Sikh Pilgrimage

Where To Stay

There are number of large and small hotels in and around manikaran sahib. Who are provide all facilities.

When To Visit
Winter is the best time to visit to manikaran october to march.

How to Reach :

By Air: Linked by air to Chandigarh and Delhi. The airport at Bhuntar is 10-km from the town.

By Rail: Nearest narrow gauge railhead are joginder nagar, 150-km and Nearest broad gauge railheads are Pathankot, 285-km and more conveniently Chandigarh, 258-km.

By Road: Well connected by road. Linked to 524-km and Chandigarh. Regular bus and coach services link Kullu to Delhi and Chandigarh.

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