Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh
Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. Located 45 km from Kullu at an altitude of 1730 m is Manikaran, a famous Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The term Manikaran means jewel of ear. Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its sulphur hot springs, its numerous temples, Gurudwara and its beautiful surroundings. Here icy cold waters of the Parvati river co-exists with boiling water side-by-side. Temperature of water varies from 88°C to 94°C. The hot water springs are reputed for their healing properties. The springs in the area are hot enough to boil rice in it.
A pilgrimage to this place is thought of as complete. In fact, it is also believed that there is no need to pay a visit to Kashi after visiting this place. The water of the spring is also supposed to have curative powers.
The famous Sri Ramchandra temple stands upright in the midst of the town of Manikaran. The image of this temple is believed to have been brought from Ayodhya.
The temple of Lord Shiva is another place of religious importance.
The Vishnu Kund at Manikaran is the epitome of purity. The water of this place is regarded to be the holiest
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara
Manikaran is also held sacred by the Sikhs. According to the Sikh sources, Guru Nanak Dev once visited this place, accompanied by his disciple Bhai Mardana. The Gurudwara is commemorated to the same visit of the Guru. The Janam Sakhi or the ‘Autobiography of Bhai Mardana’ mentions the various miracles did by the Guru at this place. Manikaran Gurudwara, built in the mountains, provides some extraordinary sights. Devotees to this Gurudwara take a holy dip in the hot water emanating from the springs. Out of three baths, one is situated below the Gurudwara itself. There are separate arrangement for men and women.
How to reach Manaikaran
Manikaran lies at a short distance from Manali and Kullu and is easily accessible by roads. Private cars and jeeps regular ply in these roads commuting tourists from Manali to Manikaran.
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