Manikaran is holy place situated at an altitude of 1760 m and is around 35 km from Kullu and around 550 km from Delhi, lots of legends from different community is attached to this place.
This place is well know for the naturally originated hot water spring. It is been said, the one who took bath in this hot water spring can get rid of skin diseases. There are many temples here.
Lord Ramchandra temple
The king of Kullu Raja Dilip singh was suffering from disease called vitiligo “Kod” (skin desease), once in his dream God Ram told to bring his idol to manikaran from Ayodhya in 1889 and establish there to overcome his desease. Later the king bought the idol of Godess Sita and God Laxmana too.
It is also believed that Pandavas had spend some time of there exile in Manikaran.
Legend behind the name of the place:
According to legends when lord Shiva and his wife Parvati came to Manikaran during that time goddess Parvati lost her earring and which was actually seized by the snake deity shesha nag who then disappeared inside earth, with this Lord Shiva got angry and did his cosmic dance “Tandava” which shook the world and made Shesh Nag to surrender it back. Hence the place named “Manikaran”.
Folklore behind the origination of hot water spring:
According to Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev ji came to this place in 1574 with his disciples Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana. Bhai Mardana felt hungry so Guru Nanak Dev Ji told Bhai Mardana to collect food from the people around for Langar (community kitchen). People donated with kind heart. But the problem was there was no fire to cook food, so Guru Nanak Dev Ji told Bhai Mardana to lift a stone and from there hot water spring originated.
Bhai Mardana put rolled chappatis in spring but it sank, so Guru Nanak ji told him to pray to god that if his chappatis will float back he’ll donate one in the name of god. When he prayed all the chappatis start floating back.
Then Guru Nanak Ji said any one who will donate in the name of God his or her drowned item will float back.
According to Hindu beliefs, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati stayed in this place for eleven hundred years and during there stay Goddess Parvati lost one of his jewel “mani” inside the water which was seized by serpent deity Shesh Nag. Lord Shiva sent his attendant to find the jewel, there failure leads to the anger of Lord Shiva who then performed cosmic dance “Tandava” which made Shesh Nag to hiss due to which boiled water originated with the emergence of the Mani the jewel.
Langar in both (Lord Ramchandra and Gurudwara ) are there and parking is available at Manikaran for free.
- I personally spoke to the priest of Lord Ramchandra temple