Manikaran is locate in Parvati Valley on the Parvati River in north-east of Bhuntar in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
It is at an altitude of 1760 meters and is 4 km ahead from Kasol and about 35 km from Kullu.
This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu towards their hot areas and pilgrimage centers. Here also a pilot geothermal power plant has been set up.
Manikaran is the pilgrimage place of Hindus and Sikhs.
Hindus believe that Manu rebuilt human life in Manikaran after flood, making it a holy area.
There are many temples and a gurdwara in it.
The temples of Hindu deities are Ram, Krishna, and Vishnu.
This area is known for its warm springs and beautiful landscapes.
According to the Sikhs, during the third udassi(period), Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, came in 15 Aasu 1574 Bikrami with his disciple Bhai Mardana.
The masculine hungry and they had no food.
Guru Nanak sent the masculine to collect food for the anchor (community kitchen).
Many people donate ATA (flour) to make roti. One problem was that there was no fire to cook.
Guru Nanak ask the masculine to take a stone and they look after it and found a hot spring.
Directed by Guru Nanak, the masculine cast churn chapattis in the spring in their frustration and the chapatis got drown.
Guru Nanak then ask him to pray to God saying that if his chapatis float back, he would donate a chapati in his name.
When he pray, all the chapatis start to swim with the duck.
Guru Nanak said that whoever donates in the name of God, the things dipped in it swim back.
HINDU BILIEF :-
In Manikaran’s legend it has been said that while roaming around, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati chanted at one place once, surrounded by mountains and filled with greens.
Impress by the beauty of the place, he decided to spend some time there.
It is believed that they actually spent eleven hundred years here.
While staying here, Goddess Parvati lost her gem (precious stone) in a stream of water.
Disturbed by the defeat, he asked Shiv to get it back. Lord Shiva order his attendant to find a gem for Parvati.
However, when he was unsuccessful, he was very angry.
He opened his third eye, a very inauspicious incident due to which the universe was disturbed.
An appeal was made to serpent god Sheshnag to calm Lord Shiva.
Sheshnag increased the flow of boiling water which increased.
Water spread throughout the entire region, which resulted in the construction of precious stones of Goddess Parvati.
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were happy with the result.
Name of Manikaran has been taken from this legend. Water is still hot and is considered very auspicious.
Pilgrimage of this place is considered to be complete.
It is also believed that there is no need to travel to Kashi after going to this place.
There are also therapeutic powers in water fountains. The water is so hot that rice can be cooked in it.
Manikaran attracts a large number of tourists not only because of its reputation as a holy land, but also because of its scenic beauty as well as its famous hot springs.
Places you might want to see if you ever visit Manikaran :-
1. Hot Springs
Manikaran is famous for its hot springs.