Do you know about the room in Manikaran Sahab Gurudwara where hot air flows & this hot air is believed to have healing powers. If not, be ready to be in awe after knowing more such fascinating wonders of Manikaran in the Kullu district.
Manikaran is a small hamlet lying in the lap of beautiful Parvati Valley, surrounded by lush green mountains, cool breeze & hot springs' vapors. Feeling mesmerized, right? Book an hourly hotel in Manali & schedule a round trip to Manikaran.
This small town has enclosed many mind-blowing stories within. So, let's unfold these four facts about Manikaran.
I. Manikaran's Rich History
Mythological Importance for Sikhs
There's a famous gurudwara, Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara in the Manikaran town. Now, what's the backstory? Sikhs believed that their first Guru, Shri Guru Nanak Dev were once in the Himalayas with his followers. After a while, everyone was feeling hungry. One of the Guru's devotee, Bhai Mardana collected rice & flour from near-by houses. Still, the problem was how to cook? At that time, Shri Guru Nanak Dev was believed to lift a rock & beneath it, hot springs started flowing. In the end, they were able to cook their food in the hot springs. It is believed that those hot springs that are presently flowing near the Gurudwara had been originated since then.
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Mythological Importance for Hindus
As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that God Shiva & his wife Goddess Parvati were passing by the valley. Then, they liked the spectacular beauty of the place & decided to stay there for a while. Goddess Parvati started playing in the flowing waters, but her earring got lost. She told God Shiva, who then opened his third eye (depicting his anger). A serpent (demi-god) hissed out the lost jewel. Due to this background story, it is believed that the place is called mani(jewel) - karan(ear).
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II. Langar Cooked in Hot Springs for Devotees
Now, you know the back stories behind the name of this place & why these hot springs originated. Fast forward to the present time, the free meals given to the devotees (langar) visiting these gurudwara & temples are cooked in these hot springs.
It's amazing to see the cooking process of these food meals. The Gurudwara & Temple workers put raw rice & vegetables in the earthen pots. The openings of the pots are covered with a muslin cloth so that food doesn't get out. The helpers put these earthen pots inside the hot flowing water of springs for cooking! Such a temperature of the water that it is still hot in the surrounding cold temperature of the mountains!
Want to try this out? You can too put some raw rice in a small muslin cloth inside the hot spring waters & see yourself! So, when are you going? I recommend you to book a hotel for a few hours in Manali from MiStay & experience this magic with your own eyes!
III. Long Lost Temples of Lord Ram & God Shiva
It is believed here that the idol of deity Ram & her wife Sita were brought down to the Ram Chandra Temple by the Kullu's Raja from his birthplace Ayodhya. Usually, Lord Ram & Sita were placed in any temple with his brother Lakshman. But the idol of Lakshman had been disappeared! So, you can visit this ancient Ram temple by walking down the streets of Manikaran.
There is also a God Shiva Temple, adjacent to Manikaran Gurudwara. You will see a large stone sculpture of God Shiva with his trishul (weapon) & hot spring well in front of the sculpture, where earthern pots are put inside the well for cooking the langar. So, book your hourly hotel in Manali & visit to this land of mysteries.
IV. Healing Room Inside Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is dedicated to the Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev. You can visit the gurudwara, pay your regards to their holy book Guru Granth Sahib & relish the yummy prasad, Atta Halwa. You can even do the service here by helping in cooking breads & washing used utensils. After all this, priests point you to the room filled with steam & vapours of hot springs. It is believed that this room has healing powers. Some reason that these springs have composition of sulphur & some radioactive materials & their vapours heals ailments of body. Some think it to be miracle of the supernatural power. So, whatever be the reason, would it not exciting to visit this special room.
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V. Picturesque Views & Trek from Manikaran
From Manikaran, you can go for trekk on the surrounding Hairnder Mountain ranges. What a pleasant site to cherish, one side trekking over the green lush mountains & flowing Parvati river on other side. Even you can opt for spectacular & serene Chalal trek in Kasol while visiting Manikaran. Enjoy the charming view of mountains, cool breeze, long trees, and unpaved paths.
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Now, you know these five mind-blowing facts of Manikaran, a small town near the city of Manali. These facts are intriguing & I am sure that that you love the enchanting views of Manikaran. And not only Manikaran, you can visit nearby towns of Kasol, Bhuntar and Tosh & Pulga villages.
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