MANIKARAN AND SHRIKHAND

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About 45 kilometres from Kullu in the Parvati valley is Manikaran. It is believed that Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati were so enthralled by this mountain-locked area with its whispering forests that they spent as much as eleven hundred years here till Parvati lost her earring or Pharna mani.

The hot springs for which Manikaran is famous are said to be the product of the Shesh Nag’s hissing by which he restored Parvati’s lost jewels from the belly of the earth, creating the vents from which the hot, sulphurous springs, with their medicinal qualities, emanate. Today, Manikaran is revered by both Hindus and Sikhs. Amongst the noteworthy shrines here is the ancient Sri Ramchandra Temple, famous for the inscriptions on its walls, the Shiva Temple that titled during the earthquake of 1905 and the Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara. Which Guru NanakDev and his ‘Panch Piaries’ are said to have visited.

In addition, Manikaran provides the base for some challenging treks to the Pin-Parvati Pass which, at a height of 4806 meters connects the Sutlej and Spiti valleys, through Khirganga, Pulga, Barshani, and Mantalai. The spectacular view of the Harinder mountain and the Parvati river from Manikaran are enchanting experiences, while the enthusiastic angler can find a sport at Kasol, five kilometres from Manikaran.

Shrikhand Mahadev

 

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Located in district Kullu, Shrikhand Mahadev is a famous pilgrimage place and it is believed that it is one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. Shrikhand Mahadev is a rock-made natural Shiva lingam on the great heights of mountains in the Himalayas. The Shiva lingam is about 70 feet high and stands at the mountaintop around 19000 ft altitude. Shrikhand Kailash Yatra opens for 15-20 days in a year and normally falls between July/August months. This is considered as one of the tough Yatra.

How to Reach-The route is from Shimla to Rampur (130km) and further Rampur to Nirmand-Bagi Pul and Bagi Pul to Jaon Village. From Jaon village the Yatra starts on foot to the Shrikhand Mahadev.

Things to carry along- Woolen clothes, blanket, umbrella, raincoat, medicines, torches, sticks, some dry fruits, glucose for energy etc.

Places in the way to Shrikhand

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Dev Dank-According to legends it is the place where Lord Shiva got disappeared in the cave(Gufa). This place is near to Nirmand.

Sinhgad-Sinhgad is 4-5km from Jaon village and this is the first place where devotees can take night stay.

Thachru-This is the place for the second-night stay of the Yatra and is 6-7km from sinhgad. From this place, Danda Dhar starts and one has to take a danda (wooden stick) to climb on the hill. Thachru is also famous with the name bhim Oda that indicates the Shrikhand Yatra done by Pandava.

Bhim Dwar-This is the third-night stay point and from kali, Ghati people go towards bhim dwar which is around 8km. It is believed that at this place Bhim had killed a Daitya.

Nain Sarovar-Surrounded by snow-covered hills is a natural lake known as Nain Sarovar. It is believed that this lake is made from the tears of Goddess Parvati. The next place is Shrikhand Mahadev.

Bhim Shila- There are big stones in the way between Nain Sarovar and Shrikhand Mahadev. It is believed that Bhim was making the stairs to heaven with these stones.