Manikaran Sahib in Himachal Pradesh
Located in Kullu District Himachal Pradesh about 50 Kms from Kullu. Manikaran is an auspicious and religious destination for both Sikhs Hindus. Thousands of devotees visit Manikaran every day.
Situated in the Parvati Valley on the banks of river Parvati Manikaran is full of greenery and peaceful atmosphere. Picturesque mountains add to the panoramic view of lush green pine and Deodar trees.
The altitude of Manikaran is over 1750 meters above sea level.The temperature here ranges between 10 to 20 degrees in the summers.
Manikaran has a historical, religious and sacred Gurudwara and many Temples on the one premise. This is a great example of harmony. The main Ram Temple in Manikaran was built in the 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh.
History of Manikaran
According to Hindu Mythology Lord Shiva and Parvati visited this place. While taking bath in the river Mata Parvati lost her ear rings. She could not find the ear ring anywhere and told Shiva who was meditating and when he came to know about this. Shiva got angry and threatened to destroy the big Serpent who was there. Fearing he immediately gave the ring back. Hence the name Manikaran is derives from Mani (jewel) and karan (ear).
People's belief is that Manikaran's hot water has healing powers. The devotees take a dip in the Holy spring. They believe that the hot water cures skin diseases and other ailments.
The site in Manikaran delights and surprises you because on one side you will find ice chilled water of river Parvati and on the other side you see boiling water in the springs.
The journey to Manikaran rejuvenates your heart and soul. The road through the hills excites you and you feel like in heaven.
How to reach Manikaran
Kullu is well connected by road from Delhi, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, Bilaspur and major cities of Punjab and Chandigarh. Many buses ply between Delhi and Kullu Manali and between Chandigarh and Kullu Manali.
Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. Flights operate from Chandigarh and Delhi.
Other important places near Manikaran include Palampur, Kullu, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Baijnath and Dharamshala