Are you looking for a place to bathe in hot springs, cure your ailments, and maybe even cook your meals? Look no further than Manikaran, a small pilgrimage destination in Himachal Pradesh.
With three hot springs to choose from, you can take a dip in the warm, sulphur-rich water and reap its healing benefits. And if you’re feeling hungry, just plop your cooking pot right into the spring and let the water work its magic! Plus, you can enjoy a communal meal at the Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, where they serve up some delicious food in the langar.
But Manikaran isn’t just about hot springs and food – it’s also a significant religious center for both Sikhs and Hindus. The Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib is believed to have been visited by Guru Nanak himself, while the Lord Ramachandra Temple is said to have been brought over from Ayodhya by none other than Lord Ram himself.
And let’s not forget about the legends surrounding the origins of Manikaran. According to Hindu mythology, the place gets its name from the gem or mani that Goddess Parvati lost in the stream. Lord Shiva performed his famous tandav dance to get the gem back, causing the hot springs to erupt from the ground. And Sikhs believe that Guru Nanak’s visit to Manikaran resulted in the creation of the hot springs and the miraculous floating chapatis.
So whether you’re in search of healing waters, religious significance, or just a good meal, Manikaran has got you covered. Just make sure to donate something in the name of god – you never know when you might need a lost item returned to you!