Manikaran Gurudwara is located at around 85 km from the famous hill station Manali. It is a very important pilgrimage for both Hindu and Sikhs. Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara attracts a lot of tourists because of the religious beliefs, hot springs and the beauty of the Parvati valley.
Regular buses ply from all major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Amritsar to Bhuntar. From there it is just 34 km.
Manikaran is just 5 km away from Kasol, rightly called the hippie’s paradise. You can follow this amazing guide by Saurabh from traveltrap and plan your trip.
The religious belief of the Sikhs
It is said that during third Udasi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to this place in 1574 with his disciples Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana. Mardana was very hungry but there was no food so he was sent by Guru Nanak Ji to bring food from Langar. They gave him flour to make roti.
But there was no water to cook the food even after having all the ingredients. Then Guru Nanak Ji asked Mardana to pick up a stone and to his surprise, hot water springs came out of it.
Guru Nanak Ji said to him that if he donated chapattis in his name then the rotis would become chapattis and come back. To his amaze, the chapattis did come back.
Since then it is believed that if you donate something in the name of God, you will get back something you lost.
The religious belief of the Hindu
It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati lived in the valley for around 1100 years. Once while Parvati was bathing she lost her mani in the water stream. Parvati sad over the loss of her mani(gem) asked Shiva to search for her lost mani. He searched a lot but couldn’t find it and in anger started doing Tandava, his dance of death and destruction.
Scared of the outcome, the Gods ordered serpent Sheshnag to do something. He hissed and gave birth to the hot springs. The boiling water filled the area with manis and they were happy.
The place was named Manikaran after this as the manis kept appearing.
Other versions of the same story
It is also said that Lord Shiva opened his third eye and the mani was found by Naina Bhagwati. A temple called Naina Bhagwagti has been made in dedication to the Goddess as she located Parvati’s missing earring.
- It is said that till 1905 until an earthquake occurred in Manikaran, precious stones i.e. mani kept springing out of the water.
- The water of hot spring is said to have curative powers, It is also said to cure arthritis
- It is said that before 1905 the hot springs formed fountains of 11 to 14 feet. There is also no sulfur in the hot springs.
- Looking at the mountain Harinder, present on the Northern side is said to free a person of all evils.
About the Hot springs
The food served at the Langar is made from the hot water of these springs. It is believed that if you take a bath in this hot spring, you go to heaven. Bathing in the hot water is said to cure skin diseases and the swelling from gout.
The temples at Manikaran
- Lord Ramachandra Temple
The Temple was built in 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh. It is believed that the idol of Rama has been brought from Ayodhya itself.
- Temple of Lord Shiva
The temple is slightly damaged due to earthquake 1905 and got tilted.
I hope the above information satisfied your curiosities. To know more about the Gurudwara and to plan your trip you can follow this link by Inditales. She has very amazingly written about her experience at the Gurudwara and I think it would really help you.