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Manikaran Sahib, Manikaran

Manikaran Sahib Overview

Address : Parvati Valley near Kullu-Manali
City : Manikaran
State : Himachal Pradesh
Location : North India
Altitude : 1,737m
Type of Construction : Medieval
Type of Building : Gurudwara
Religion : Sikhism
Famous For : A well known Sikh pilgrimage centre.
Accomodation : Accomodations are available in Manikaran.
Accesibility : Manikaran is connected to the other places by road. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar in Kullu. The nearest railhead is at Chandigarh.
Nearby Cities : Kullu,Manali

Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara : Perched on the right bank of the roaring Parvati River, Manikaran is situated at an altitude of 1760 m and is located at a distance of about 45 kms, from Kullu, via Bhuntar, in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Manikaran, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs, has many temples and a gurudwara. It epitomize historic temples of Lord Rama, Krishna, Vishnu (Raghunath) and goddess Bhagwati. Ram Temple was built in pyramidal style by Raja Jagat Singh in the 17th century when the idol of Lord Rama was brought from Ayodhya. The idol was later shifted to Kullu. The temple was renovated by Raja Dilip Singh in 1889 AD. A trust is looking after the temple since 1981. The temple complex has three halls and forty rooms for the devotees to stay. A 'Lungar' (free communal food) is also served here.

Manikaran Sahib of Gurudwara :

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara : The place is also held sacred by the Sikhs. The Janam Sakhi or the 'Twarikh Guru Khalsa' by Giani Gian Singh mentions about the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to this place. 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 Mani Karan. The Janam Sakhi or the "Autobiography of Bhai Mardana" mentions the miracles did by the Guru. The Guru came to Mani Karan along with his Five 'Piaras' or followers.

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.

Harinder Mountain & Parvati River : On the northern side, there is a mountain, which is named as Harinder. Merely a look at this mountain will make a person free from all evils and on the south is the Parvati River.

Kulant Pith : Out of all sectors 'Piths' of the country, this sector, which is called 'Kulant Pith', is the superior most. Here, the most sacred place of pilgrimage is Manikaran, and in it the 'Vishnu Kund' is the purest of all. Lord Shankara was mightily pleased to stay here and this is absolutely true. No other tank in the world, could be more pure than these high rising tanks. Even a drop of water from the tanks will make one free of all evils. Narad, on account of the influence of the Shankara's eye, said that this sacred place, causes the disappearance of anger and evils. One who eats the food cooked in this boiling water goes to the Vishnu Lok.

How to Approach :

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

By Rail : Nearest 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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