Manimahesh Lake also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh is a high altitude lake (13,390 ft) situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The religious significance of this lake is next to that of the Lake Manasarovar in Tibet.
Manimahesh lake view
The lake is the venue of a highly revered pilgrimage trek undertaken during the month of August/September corresponding to the month of Bhadon according to Hindu calendar and its right after closer of Amarnath Yatra. Manimahesh Yatra starts on Raksha Bandan. It is known as the ‘Manimahesh Yatra’. The Government of Himachal Pradesh has declared it as a state-level pilgrimage.
Manimahesh Yatra (Bharmour) holy trek starts from the Laxmi Narayan temple and the Dashnami Akhara in Chamba town, with the sacred stick (‘Chhari’) of Gur Charpathnath carried by the pilgrims with participation of sadhus. The trek to the lake takes about 2 days. After the procession arrives at the lake, ceremonies are held all through the night. On the following day, pilgrims take a holy dip (naun) in the lake. After taking bath in the holy waters of the lake, pilgrims circumambulate the lake three times as an act of reverence, seeking blessings of the Lord Shiva. However, before taking a final dip in the Mani Mahesh Lake, women devotees take a dip at the Gauri Khund, which is situated about a mile short of the lake while men take bath at Shiv Karotri a part of the main lake. The belief is that Parvati, Shiva’s consort bathed at the Gauri Khund, while Shiva took his bath at the Shiv Karotri. State priests of Bharmaur Brahmin family perform the worship (Pujas) in all temples within the lake precincts.
Manimahesh is approached from different routes. Pilgrims from Lahaul-Spiti come through Kugti pass. Some from Kangra and Mandi come via Kawarsi or Jalsu passes. The easiest route is from Chamba and runs through Bharmaur. At present buses ply upto Hadsar via Bharmour. Beyond Hadsar, the pilgrims have to trek for 13 kms to reach Manimahesh.Between Hadsar and Manimahesh is an important halting place known as Dhanchho where pilgrims usually spend a night. There is a beautiful waterfall.
कहा जाता है कि शिव-शंकर ने पार्वती जी के साथ रहने के लिए मणिमहेश पर्वत की रचना की थी। इस स्थान पर शिव आज भी शिवलिंग के रूप में मौजूद है। जबकि माता पार्वती को यहा देवी गिरजा के रूप में जाना जाता है। मणिमहेश पर्वत पर शिव शाम व रात्रि के मध्यकाल में दर्शन देते हैं। सूर्यास्त के समय जब सूर्य की किरणे जब पर्वत के शिखर पर पड़ती है तब पूरा दृश्य स्वर्णिम हो जाता है। यदि मौसम साफ रहे तो भक्त पर्वत की चोटी व उस पर विराजमान शिव को देख सकते हैं।
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