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Manikaran is located in the Parvarti Valley which runs N/E from Bhuntar in the Kulu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its sulpher hot springs, its numerous temples and its beautiful surroundings. The Hindus believe that 'Manu' recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, hence the sacredness of the town and the rest of the area. Lord Shiva also had connections here with his bride Parvarti's temple located on the steep hillside (which is also a good place to view the Dio Tibba Glacier, 6001m). A good place for hikers to stay for a few days and catch their breath and get warm in one of the baths before trecking on to Lahaul & Spiti.
The Takhat is located at village Talwandi Sabo, 28 km Southeast of Bathinda. Literally, Damdama means breathing place. Guru Gobind Singh stayed here after fighting battles against the Mughals. Before his arrival at Talwandi Sabo, two of the Guruís younger sons, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, aged 9 and 7 respectively, were bricked alive by Wazir Khan,the Nawab of Sirhind(Today, the place is known as Fatehgarh Sahib). His two elder sons, Ajit Singh and Jujhar Singh, laid down their lives while fighting Mughal forces at Chamkaur Sahib. After writing the Zafarnama, Guru Gobind Singh fought a successful battle at Muktsar and then moved towards Talwandi Sabo.
THE LEGEND OF MANIKARAN
The legend of Manikaran
states that while roaming around, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, once
chanced upon a place that was surrounded by mountains and was lush green.
Enamoured by the beauty of the place, they decided to spend some time there.
It is believed that they actually spent eleven hundred years here.
Climate of Manikaran
PLACES TO VISIT
Ramchandra Temple: There are several temples in the Mani Karan village.
The most important is that of Lord Ramchandra. The Pandas or priests of the
village claim that the idol of Rama was brought from Ayodhya and installed
in this temple by the Raja of Kulu but this lacks a historic confirmation.
There was also an idol of Lakshman the younger brother of Lord Rama Chandra,
which has now disappeared. On the left hand side of the Lord is the idol of
Goddess Sita. The temple is very old and on one of the stones in its wall,
the history of the temple is written which is not legible.
HOW TO REACH THERE
Linked by air to Chandigarh and Delhi. The airport at Bhuntar is 10-km from
HP Tourism Development Corporation
Dhalpur, Kullu -175101
Tel: (01902) 222349