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Start place : Dharmshala

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Overview

Manimahesh lake is revered next to Lake Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. The lake, of glacial origin, is in the upper reaches of the Ghoi Nala, tributary of Budhil river,( known as 'Manimahesh Ganga') a tributary of the Ravi River in Himachal Pradesh. However, the lake is the source of a tributary of the Budhil River,. Walk through valley of flowers and wild medicinal herbs can make anyone amused with the beauty of this trek. The silence of the place is broken only when the pilgrims visit the place in large numbers. One should visit this trek in month of monsoon where natural beauty is at its peak. Sight of Mani on Manimahesh peak when sunlight or moonlight falls over this peak is one of fascinating attraction of this place.

Manimahesh Lake is situated at 27 Kms from Bharmour at the foot of Manimahesh Kailash Mountain . Lord Shiva is believed to reside on this snow-covered mountain. The lake and peak are considered sacred and a fair called as Manimahesh fair or Manimahesh Yatra is held at the lake each and every year in the July's month and continues till September. A special Yatra held from Janamastmi to Radhastami each and every year. It is believed that on this occasion both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gets the bath in the Lake. For this holy moment lakhs of peoples from across the country and abroad come to take holy bath in the Manimahesh Lake. Providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people. And the glorious view of Manimahesh Kailash touches the hearts of visitor in the morning and at the time of sun rising.

No one has could climb the peak of Manimahesh. Local legends clarifying that people point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit, the other of a shepherd who turned frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top. Manimahesh Kailash has not been successfully climbed by any mountaineers and is thus a virgin mountain. An attempt to climb the peak in 1968 by an Indo-Japanese team led by Nandini Patel was aborted. This failure is attributed to the divine prowess of the peak since it is revered as the holy mountain of Himalaya per the staunch devotees of the Manimahesh Lake and the peak.

Many holy places come in the way to Manimahesh. At the distance of 6 km from Hadsar, a place called Dhancho (a famous water fall) and after 5km from Dhancho, a lake is situated called Gourikund . Gauri is another name of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A dip in this lake is considered sacred because it is believed that Parvati used to bath in this lake. About one kilometer ahead is the Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva's feet. After a short run reaches the Manimahesh Lake in this shallow circular lake gives it an enchanting appearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. As per legends it is necessary to take bath in Brahmani's pool before Manimahesh Lake. To get the glimpse of Mani Dharshan don't miss this sacred visit.

Many holy places come in the way to Manimahesh. At the distance of 6 km from Hadsar, a place called Dhancho (a famous water fall) and after 5km from Dhancho, a lake is situated called Gourikund . Gauri is another name of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A dip in this lake is considered sacred because it is believed that Parvati used to bath in this lake. About one kilometer ahead is the Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva's feet. After a short run reaches the Manimahesh Lake in this shallow circular lake gives it an enchanting appearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. As per legends it is necessary to take bath in Brahmani's pool before Manimahesh Lake. To get the glimpse of Mani Dharshan don't miss this sacred visit.

Manimahesh Yatra can be done by trek or by Helicopter .The name Manimahesh signifies a jewel (Mani) on Lord Shiva's crown and the moon-rays reflected from the jewel can be seen from Manimahesh Lake on clear full-moon nights (which are a rare occasion). It is more likely to see the sunlight reflected from the glacier that adorns the peak, like a serpent on Shiva's neck.

Darshan of Divya Jyoti or Mani Darshan

Early in the morning when a spiritual light flashes from the Kailash peak where Shivalinga is situated considered as Mani Darshan. For this moment and to glimpse this spiritual light devotees spend their night at Manimahesh Lake. And the glorious views of Manimahesh Kailash in the morning and at the time of sun rising touches the hearts of visitors.

Manimahesh Yatra - 2019 will starts from 25th July 2019

The trek route to Shri Manimahesh opened from 15th April for snow trekkers only with the help of trained local guides and the snow will remain up to 15th July. The facilities before August are very rear so advised to take the help of local experienced and trained guide. And before 30th June the night halt at Manimahesh Lake is not possible due to snow and climate conditions. Although the Manimahesh Yatra 2019 officially will start on 2nd September on the occasion of Krishna Janma-Asthami and will ends on 17th September 2019 on the occasion of Radha Asthami.

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