Located along the banks of Parvati River in the Parvati valley, Manikaran Sahib is situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is one of the most sought-after attractions of Manali tour packages. Best known for its hot springs and beautiful surroundings, Manikaran is an important pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Sikhs. Here are some of the places to visit in Manikaran—
Hot springs are the most fascinating part of Manikaran due to the legends that surround them as well as nature’s marvels. There are two hot springs in Mnaikaran—one at Sri Guru Nanak Devji’sGurudwara and the other in the river Parvati. The water in these hot springs contains radioactive minerals and natural uranium, which are believed to cure diseases.
Sri Guru Nanak Devji’sGurudwara
Holding a much special place in the Sikh religion, there is an interesting story surrounding this place. The entire story is narrated in the ‘Twarikh Guru Khalsa’ and ‘Bhai BalaJanamSakhi’ written by GianiGian Singh. The Gurudwara feeds everyone for freeand keeps the cooked food in pots that are immersed in the spring. If you are into legends and mythology, try looking for those Manali tour packages that have Manikaran in their itinerary.
Lord Shiva Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple attracts a large number of tourists every year. The ancient temple got a bit tilted and damaged due to the earthquake in the year 1905. It is said that the devtas of Kullu pay regular visits to this temple making it more pious.
The beautiful town of Manikaranis surrounded by the snow-clad Harinder Mountains. The cliff of these mountains offers breathtaking views of the town and the serene surroundings. River Parvati borders the town of Manikaran on the south. The flowing river adds to the picturesque beauty of the town.
Lord Ramachandra Temple
Yet another pilgrimage of Hindus, Lord Ramachandra Temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh in the 17th century. It is believed that Lord Ram brought the temple from Ayodhya to Manikaran. The temple boasts gorgeous idols of Lord Ram and his wife, Goddess Sita. The temple has 3 halls and 40 rooms for the devotees. A langar is also organised in the temple.
Lord Shiva’s stay in Manikaran marks the purity of the place. Vishnu Kund is said to be one of the most sacred and purest of all the kunds. People believe that a dip into this kund can wash away all the sins and takes away all the anger and evil. And some believe that one who eats the food cooked in this water goes to the Vishnu Lok.
Most of the places in Manikaran has an interesting story behind them. However, the place has limited options for food and stay.