Holy Places In India - Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran Sahib-is known as an important pilgrimage center for both Sikhs and Hindus located in the Parvati valley on the banks of the Parvati river in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh state. The hot springs, religious trends and beautiful environment here attracts tourists immensely. The number of temples and Gurudwara, Manikaran Sahib make this place a religious place. The Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara is considered sacred by both Sikhs and Hindus. Each religion has its own reasons behind its beliefs.


Hindus believe that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati lived here for about 1100 years and according to the Sikhs, Guru Nanak ji performed many miracles here. Manikaran Sahib is a major religious site of Kullu. This gurudwara is also mentioned in 'Twelfth Guru Khalsa' by Gian Gian Sikh.


A name like Manikaran suggests that it originated from Mani or Mani. At this place Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati were fascinated by the beauty of that place and lived here for 1100 years. While they stayed here, Goddess Parvati lost Mani in the stream and was upset about it. The remaining Nag had swallowed Mani as a result of which Lord Shiva became enraged and performed Tandava (a form of dance) to get Mani back. The remaining serpent gives rise to boiling water and hot springs, and the gemstones resembling the gem of Parvati spread throughout the water, after which the place got the name Manikaran.


According to the Sikhs, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, came here in 1574 during the Third Udasi with his follower brother, Mardana. Manly was hungry but no food. Therefore, he was sent by Guru Nanak to collect food for the langar. After this people donated flour to make rotis. Despite being content they were unable to cook the food due to further. After this Guru Nanak ji asked the masculine to lift a stone and as soon as this happened, a hot spring came out, after which the masculine put the rotis in the hot spring. After this, at the behest of Guru Nanak ji, Mardana prayed to the Lord and said that if his bread came back floating, he would donate a loaf to God. When she prayed, the baked bread floated on the water. Guru Nanak Ji said that if anyone makes a donation in the name of God, then his sinking item starts floating back.


There are not many options available to eat at Manikaran. One can also dine at the langar organized by temples and gurudwaras in the area. The food at this langar is delicious as well as hygienic. Taking your own food with you becomes even more convenient. Let us know that the Himachali food here is quite simple but it has many special dishes. The main food here includes chapatti, lentils, vegetable gravy and curd. Pickles are also included in the food here.


Manikaran city is located at an elevation of about 1760 meters above sea level in Himachal Pradesh. Due to its high altitude, the weather here is extremely cold throughout the year with an average temperature of 10 degrees. Many tourists prefer to travel during the summer season (April - June) to avoid the cold. Manikaran is also famous for its natural hot springs which are scattered all around the city and make the region a major tourist destination of Kullu. Manikaran gets very cold during the winter season. Many people like to travel this season too.


HOW TO REACH


BY AIR
Tourists can fly to Bhuntar Airport to visit Manikaran. The distance between Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh from this airport is 34.8 km. One can reach Bhuntar with the help of Manikaran bus. There are several local buses available from Bhuntar to Manikaran. The nearest major airport is at Chandigarh which is 8 hours away from Bhuntar.

BY TRAIN
Manikaran does not have a railway station of its own. Its major nearest major station is Pathankot Station, Punjab where Jammu Mail, Ravi Express and Dhauladhar Express run for Pathankot. It will take you 8 hours to reach Manikaran from Pathankot with a distance of about 300 km by road. The best way to travel from Pathankot to Manikaran is to book a taxi or board a bus to Bhuntar and then take a local bus from there.

BY ROAD
Manikaran is connected to Bhuntar via local state buses. Bhuntar is well connected to all the major nearby cities like Shimla, Pathankot, Chandigarh and New Delhi via roads. Along with this, taxis are also easily available from all the surrounding areas.

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