Manikaran: A place of healing and serenity

in travel •  11 months ago

Manikaran is a small town and is famous for its natural hot water springs. This place is located in the Parvati Valley on river Parvati, in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Major attractions of Manikaran:

Manikaran is a pilgrimage center for Hindus and Sikhs. This town has many temples and one Gurudwara (a place of worship for Sikhs).

Lord Shiva Temple:

This is a beautiful temple and shares a wall with the Gurudwara. This temple also has few small hot water springs and tourists use to cook rice here(temperature of the water is ~90-degree Celsius) and take that to home as prasad. This temple has a half a wall-size in-carving of Lord Shiva dancing in Natraj pose(Pose of God of dance). The floor of this temple is too hot and people walk on wooden plank lying on the floor of the temple.

As per Hindu belief, once Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati came here and Goddess Parvati lost her mani (precious stones) in the waters of a stream. The name Manikara(Mani, a precious stone of Parvati) is also derived from here. Then Lord Shiva asked his attendant to find the mani and attendants failed to find it.Then Lord Shiva opened his third eye in anger, which could have caused disturbances in the universe. Then serpent god, Sheshnag, appeared and hissed thereby giving rise to a flow of boiling water.This result in the emergence of precious stones of Goddess Parvati had lost.

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Manikaran Gurudwara:

It's a beautiful sacred place situated on the bank of river Parvati and has an entrance to Lord Shiva temple as well. This Gurudwara has a hot water spring, a hot cave(people use it for meditation), "Langar Bhavan"(the Community Kitchen: where pilgrims eat prasad in form of food), few guest houses and a worship place.


There is an interesting story behind this place. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism along with his disciple Bhai Mardana, came to this place in "15 Asu 1574 Bikrami". Mardana felt hungry and they had no food.
Guru Nanak sent Mardana to collect food for the langar. Many villagers donated wheat flour to make Roti(bread), but they did not have the fire to cook.
Guru Nanak asked Mardana to lift a stone and a hot spring appeared. Guru Nanak then asked Mardana to bake these bread in the hot spring and those bread got sunk. Then, Guru Nanak asked him to pray to God if his bread float back, he will donate one bread in name of God. After the prayer was over, all bread started floating.


The worship place of this Gurudwara contains photographs of every religion all across. This is a thing which makes this sacred place a unique one.

The hot water springs at this place are considered to be a healer and people take a bath here to get rid of skin diseases. Even at the peak of winters, the temperature of these hot springs never goes down.

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Hot Caves

Other places to visit in Manikaran:

  • Lord Ram Chandra temple
  • King Manu temple
  • Manikaran Market

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A glimpse of the market

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How to reach here?:

By road:

Visitors can reach to this place only by road. People need to go to Bhuntar district and then take a bus to Kasol or directly to Manikaran from here. Shared cabs and personal taxi option is also available from Bhuntar.

Why should we travel?:

  • Wisdom can be achieved by gaining knowledge.
  • Knowledge comes from information
  • Information becomes possible because of Data.
  • Data comes to us through observations.
  • We become more observant when we travel and gather information. Hence it's one of the paths to gain knowledge and step towards wisdom.

Keep Travelling

Authored by: @qagiri



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There are similar hot water springs in Trincomalee of Sri Lanka.

I would love to try the hot cave to meditate, thanks for sharing.

I would love to try the hot cave to meditate, thanks for sharing.

I think Nigeria has something similar to this like a hot river of water that flows and stay constantly hot.

Interesting place to visit in India tho

When traveling we put ourselves into other realities this opens the traveler's mind and helps to better understand the point of view of very different people.
Besides accumulating knowledge as well as described in your post.
Enjoy your travel!

Such amazing places and many countries around the world with attractions/tourist spots I want to see and experience, once I get the money together.

I am enjoying your sharing of these places and the knowledge/history being passed to us Steemians in order to know more!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful and very interasting place in India. I enjoy reading and learning about different places and cultures and i Only hope one day i can go and see it for myself.

@adsactly - very insightful post. Despite being a fairly well travelled Indian, it's surprising I'd never heard of Manikaran before. Will make it a point to visit the place if I pass by Himachal Pradesh next time.

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What a great part of the world

What an amazing place to visit. Thank you for the tour and your post.

happy to meet a fellow traveller . keep up the good work.
parvati valley has always amazed me .

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I was there last year. Brought back some memories.

an eye opener of places that you can find bliss.

Hoping for this some kind of post mate!!

I am proud to see that peoples are widely accepting our culture.

Om Namah Shivaya! Great post :-)

A worship place which contains photographies of other religions is a unique place indeed!

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I visited Manikaran on my way to Khirganga, amazing place!

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I'm glad you recommend it it is a place for tourists??

thanks for sharing @adsactly

it is good to be in that country

could this place heal sadness and pains? Like the deep shadows that creeps along as i walk to and fro...

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This place is a natural healer and full of positive vibes. When you go to Gurudwara and sit in Hot caves or take a shower in hot springs, you can hardly think about anything bad happened to you. Even if you try introspecting bad things, it will give you solutions instead of just cursing yourself. I have been here multiple times, everytime it's a new experience and becomes better and better. :)
There is another place named Kheerganga. It's also a gem of Parvati Valley of the Himalayan range. Beautiful and serene

Then Lord Shiva asked his attendant to find the mani and attendants failed to find it

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What am amazing place.. really beautiful

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this is amazing! one day I hope to travel the world non stop for years <3

Thanks for providing such information about this Beautiful and amazing place!!

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Have a nice trip and great post.thanks for sharing.

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I have been to manikaran. the floor was so hot that could not stand. Thats why they kept the wooden planks to save the feet of the devotees

I have been to Manikaran when I visited Manali. Gurudwara is famous here.

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This made me want to see the wonders of India! Someday I will surely visit your beautiful country with beautiful people. :)

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Very interesting place. Beautiful photos. Thanks.

Looks like a nice trip!

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amazing attractions...

Would definitely visit. So rich in culture!

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Amazing post!! Really makes me want to visit