Saturday, 14 April 2012

Manikaran Sahib

The Manikaran Gurudwara or Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara is commemorated to the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to this place. It is mentioned in the Janam Sakhi or the 'Twarikh Guru Khalsa' by Giani Gian Singh. It has been mentioned that accompanied by his disciple Bhai Mardana, the Guru reached Jwalamukhi temple after visiting Kalanaur, Gurdaspur, Dasuya, Triloknath, Palampur and Kangra. The Guru then proceeded towards Mandi and after visiting Chamba and Kulu, he came to Bijli Mahadev. After preaching at all these places Guru Nanak Dev came to Mani Karan. The Janam Sakhi or the "Autobiography of Bhai Mardana" mentions the miracles did by the Guru. The Guru came to Mani Karan along with his Five 'Piaras' or followers.

The Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara provides some extraordinary sights. One can enjoy a dip in the hot waters from the springs. There are altogether three baths, one is located under the Gurudwara itself. By taking bath here and by drinking water of this place, people go to Heaven, this is said of the Manikaran tract since the times immemorial. It is understood that the Manikaran hot spring is said to have got Uranium and other radio active minerals.

Distances between Manikaran and important places:
Manikaran is 35 Kms from Bhuntar,
45 Kms from Kullu,
85 Kms from Manali,
300 Kms from Chandigarh
and 545 Kms from New Delhi.

People traveling from Delhi and Chandigarh have to pass through Bhuntar which is 510kms on National Highway 21 (NH 21). After crossing the town, there is a bridge constructed in the confluence of rivers Beas (from Manali side) and Parvati (from Manikaran side). Before crossing the bridge, take the right side straight road to reach Manikaran. This place of Bhunter is the starting point of Parvati valley which ends at Soma pass. On the way one will find a place called Jari (20kms from Bhuntar), a beautiful restaurant, a small town called Kasol (30Kms from Bhuntar) and then Manikaran. The journey is through, dense forest, steep valleys beside the river Parbati.
Most of the people prefer traveling by bus from Delhi towards Bhuntar because of the valley view which can be seen for the last 3 to 4 hours before reaching Bhuntar.

Linked by air to Chandigarh and Delhi. The airport at Bhuntar is 10-km from the town. 


Nearest railheads are Pathankot, 285-km and more conveniently Chandigarh, 258-km. 


Well connected by road. Regular bus and coach services link Kullu to Delhi and Chandigarh

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