Manikaran, one of the famous pilgrimages of Himachal Pradesh, is considered a symbol of religious unity. Here flows a river called Parvati, on one side of which is the temple of Shiva and on the other side the historic gurudwara of Guru Nanak Dev. Due to being connected to the river, the atmosphere of both religious places looks very beautiful. It is said that Lord Shiva, angry with this place, opened his third eye.
While playing in the river here, the gem of Mata Parvati’s ear ornaments fell into the water and went to the Palat Lok. When this happened, Lord Shiva asked him to find the gem. Even after searching a lot, Shiva-gana did not find the gem. Enraged by this, Lord Shiva opened his third eye. Naina Devi appeared with her eyes as soon as the third eye opened. Therefore, this place is considered the birthplace of Naina Devi. When Naina Devi went to Hades and asked Sheshnag to return the gem, Sheshnag presented the gem to Lord Shiva.
There are still many jewels in the river.
According to beliefs, in addition to the gem of Goddess Parvati, Sheshnag had also presented many stories to please Lord Shiva. Then Lord Shiva had asked Goddess Parvati to recognize her gem and use it, all other stones were made in the form of stones and placed in the river. It is said that the accounts sent from Sheshnag are still present in the river here in the form of stones.
Hot water fountain
There is also a hot water fountain near the Shiva temple here. This hot water is some distance from the Parvati river with cold water. Where hot water comes from in this matter remains a mystery to date. Rice is cooked in this hot water source to make offerings of gurdwara. The rice is stored in a pot and kept here, then cooked in a few minutes. The water here is so hot that nobody can even put their hands in it. The water from this source is mixed with the water of the Parvati River to make it suitable for bathing.
Gurudwara is crossing the river.
On this side of the Parvati River is the temple of Shiva and on the other side is the Gurdwara. It is worth seeing this beautiful view here. All the devotees who come here, whether Hindu or Sikh, take advantage of the darshan of both places.
This is the place of worship of Shriram
Manikaran was also one of Lord Rama’s favorite places. It is said that Sri Ram has worshiped and meditated on Lord Shiva in this place many times. Today, the Sri Raghunath Temple is located at the austerity site of Shri Ram.
The confluence of Brahma Ganga and Parvati Ganga
There are high mountain peaks in front of the gurudwara, which is called Harendra Parvat. It is said that Lord Brahma meditated in this place. There is a confluence of Brahma Ganga and Parvati Ganga some distance from here.
Tourism and pilgrimage
Located at an altitude of six thousand feet above sea level, Manikaran literally means earrings. Here the Parvati River flows through the huge buildings of the temple and gurudwara, whose speed is exciting. The water of the river is as cold as ice. The boiling water fountains on the right side of the river seem to be entangled with the river. This cold-boiling natural balance has baffled scientists for a long time.
Scientists say there is a radio in the water here.
There is a lot of snow in Manikaran, but even in cold climates you can take a quiet bath in hot water in the huge bath space built inside the gurudwara complex, whenever you want, but remember, bathing for a long time can cause dizziness. There are separate arrangements for men and women. Interestingly, hot water is also supplied in the narrow market of Manikaran, for which pipes have been specially placed. This hot water is available in many restaurants and hotels. The market is dominated by Tibetan businessmen, who provide foreign goods and goods related to Tibetan art and culture. Along with exotic snacks and food.
In these hot glasses, tea is made in large round pots, legumes and rice are cooked to anchor the gurudwara. For tourists, rice is sold in white cloth pots and tied with thread. Especially you can see the newlyweds holding the assembled thread and boiling the rice, they feel that this is their first open kitchen of life and also really exciting. Here the water boils so much that the feet do not touch the ground. The temperature of hot water with sulfur here is equal to 9 degrees Celsius in all seasons. It is said that if you prepare the tea with this water, by adding half the tea sugar from the common water, it becomes twice as sweet. There is enough space for a stay in the huge Kulenuma Bhawan of the gurudwara. There are also small hotels and many private guest houses. Kasol is also an excellent option for a stay three kilometers in advance.
Best time to Visit
From April to October, it is considered the best time to visit Manikaran.
How to reach
By plane: about 40 km from Manikaran there is a Bhuntar airport. There you can reach Manikaran by road by plane.
Railway: the closest train station to Manikarna is Jogindernagar. The distance from Manikaran is about 125 km. is.
By road: about 34 km from Manikaran. Kullu is at a distance of. Manikaran can be reached by road from Kullu.