Manikaran Gurudwara – Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Manikaran which is formed of two words, mani (means gem) and karan (means ear). So, Manikaran means a jewel which we wear on ear (earring). The history of this place well defined the name. Manikaran is a beautiful town located in the Parvati Valley on river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. The altitude is around 1760 m and it is located 4 km ahead of Kasol.
The tourists of Manali and Kullu usually prefer to visit Manikaran for the amazing hot springs and pilgrimage centers. However, it attracts many tourists for its own heritage and beliefs carried by Hindus and Sikhs. And the gurudwara is not a regular gurudwara, it will look like a multi- storey building which is very grand and elegant. Geothermal energy plant has also been set up for experiments.
Manikaran is a small and beautiful town but very rich in history and culture. People of Manikaran have two beliefs, first is the Hindu belief and the other one is the Sikh belief. Both the story has their own essence and however, it is known as Gurudwara but people from Hinduism belief also come here and take the blessing from Lord Shiva as there is an idol of Shiva inside the back of shrine of Gurudwara.
One regular day, consort of Shiva, Parvati was crossing the river and her earring fell down into the river. She got really upset about it and went to Lord Shiva and asked him to find that ring. Lord Shiva summoned Sheshnag (a powerful snake) and asked him to give the jewel back to him but unfortunately, he failed to do that. Shiva got furious and opened his third eye and started tandav (a dance performed by Shiva) which makes a hot spring flow from the river and all the gem get out of the river and Shiva damned the river which converted all the gem into boulders except the one which Parvati has dropped. However, Parvati was happy with what she got and the hot spring is still here in Manikaran which looks so magical because it is in between beds of snow.
Once Guru Nanak Ji and his friend Bhai Mardana went to this place. Mardana felt hungry so they went to Langar (community kitchen) to collect food. Many people donated flour to make Roti(bread). But there was no fire in that cold place so, cooking was not possible. As directed by Guru Nanak, Mardana lifts a stone and a hot spring originated and then he guided him to put the roti which sank down and then he started praying to God and said he will donate one chappati in his name.
Later on, the chappati starts floating duly baked and then Guru Nanak Ji teaches everyone that whatever donated in the name of God will not sink and float back to the surface.
Time – 40 mins
Distance – 4 kms
Altitude – 1580m to 1760m
- From Kasol, on every 30 minutes, you will find a bus for Manikaran Gurudwara.
- You may use the ATM in kasol because I didn’t find any ATM in Manikaran.
- You will see one of the most beautiful communal harmony, where a temple and gurudwara is made of the same premises. However, the size of the temple is comparatively small but it has its own aroma and spiritual blessings.
- The hot spring is the another favorite spot of Manikaran where people take a hot bath which gives immense pleasure and this is all magical to see a hot spring inside the beds of snow. Note – Manikaran Gurudwara is a one day trip, usually people visiting Manali and Kulla, join Manikaran to make their trip more memorable. Essentials for Manikaran Gurudwara:-
- Identity Card
- Cold clothes
- First Aid Box
- Light Clothes For Bath
- A Water Bottle
- Some Energy Drink
- Gloves & Mufflers
- Socks for winter