Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley of Bhuntar town in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Manikaran is a pilgrimage spot for Sikhs and Hindus. The Hindus believe is associated with the recreation of human life by Manu in Manikaran, making it a holy place. The Sikh belief is associated with the arrival of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. It has many temples and a Gurudwara. There are temples of Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu. The place is well known for its Sulphur hot springs and beautiful landscape.
According to legend, at this place Goddess Parvati lost her precious 'mani' or jewel in the waters of a stream which was seized by Sheshnaag, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth. When Lord Shiva performed the Tandaav, Sheshnaag surrendered the jewel, forcing Sheshnaag to spew hot water which still exists in the form of hot springs. The name Manikaran is derived from this legend.
According to the Sikhs, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism came to this place with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Guru Nanak sent Mardana to bring the food for the Langar - Community Kitchen. But there was no fire to cook the food. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to move a stone from where a hot spring appeared. Mardana put the rolled chapatis in the spring but the chapatis sank. Guru Nanak then advised him to pray to God in order to alleviate the hunger of the poor. His prayers were answered, making the place pious for Sikhs.
Places of Attractions
Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara is also known as Manikaran Gurudwara. It is one of the most popular Sikh pilgrimage places in Kullu. Guru Nanak had given sermons at this place. The Gurdwara is built at the place where Guru Nanak meditated during his journey around India.
Lord Shiva Temple stands as a testimony to all the legends associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The impact of an earthquake of 1905 could be seen in the temple, but the devotees cannot be deterred for paying a visit to the holy site.
Kulant Pith is considered the holiest Kund in Manikaran. The holy waters are well known for relieving devotees of their anger and evil. The divine sage Narada is believed to have recommended the food cooked in the water for a transformation.
Lord Ramachandra Temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh in the 17th century. He enshrined the idol of Lord Ram which was brought from Ayodhya. The temple has beautifully sculptured idols of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airports are located at Kullu (43 km), Dharamsala (225 km), Shimla (243 km) and Bhuntar.
By Rail: The nearest railheads are Anandpur Sahib (225 km), Shimla (243 km) and Shoghi (247 km)
By Road: The temple is well-connected by bus with Manali (85 km) and Kullu (45 km).