Manimahesh Kailash Parvat is located in Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This peak is about 26 km from Bharmour in the Budhil valley. Manimahesh is also known as Chamba Kailash. Which is Thor higher than Manimahesh Lake. This is a belief since ancient times. That this place is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is one of the major pilgrimage sites of Himachal Pradesh.
Manimahesh Kailash Yatra Registration
Manimahesh Lake is situated in the foothills of Kailash. Lord Shiva resides on this snow-capped mountains. People consider Manimahesh Lake and Peak as a holy place. Like every year a fair called Manimahesh Mela (Manimahesh Yatra) is held at the lake in the month of August and September.
Manimahesh Lake, one of the major lakes of Himachal Pradesh, is a high altitude lake. It is situated at an altitude of 4,080 meters near the Manimahesh Kailash peak in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. The lake is considered very sacred by Hindus as it is close to the sacred Mansarovar Lake in Tibet.
Manimahesh literally means “ornament of Shiva“. Manimahesh Yatra is closed for most of the year due to snowfall. Tourists and pilgrims have to walk a distance of 13 km through enchanting mountains and greenery to reach the lake.
The lake is a major pilgrimage, performed on the eighth day of the new moon during the months of August and September according to the Hindu calendar, which is known as ‘Manimahesh Yatra‘. If you are looking for the famous lakes of Himachal Pradesh to visit with your friends or family, then you can also visit Manimahesh Lake.
Manimahesh Yatra Janmashtami to Radhashtami
It takes place every year from Janmashtami to Radhashtami. Such is the belief of the people. On this occasion both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati bathe in this lake. On this holy occasion people come from all over the country and abroad to take holy bath in Manimahesh Lake.
Manimahesh Kailash mountain has not been successfully climbed by any climber. Because this peak has many mythological legends about its purity and the lake. In a popular legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati.
Shiva ka Chaugan (playground)
According to a local people, Manimahesh Kailash Parvat is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. On top of this mountain a rock in the form of Shivling has been constructed in the form of Lord Shiva. The snowy ground at the foot of the mountain is known by the locals as Shiva ka Chaugan (playground). Kedarnath
According to an old legend, a Gaddi, a local tribe, tried to climb the mountain with a herd of sheep. But she and her sheep had turned to stone. And a series of smaller peaks around the main peak are believed to be the remains of a shepherd and his sheep. Another story is told. That a snake also tried to climb the mountain but failed and turned into stone.
All the devotees believe. That they can see the peak of Manimahesh only by anyone. Whenever Lord Shiva wishes. And the bad weather covering the peak with clouds has also been explained as God’s displeasure.
Three Route way to Manimahesh.
There are three routes to travel from Manimahesh. Pilgrims from Lahaul and Spiti travel through the Kugti Pass. Pilgrims from Kangra and Mandi take the Karwarsi pass or Jalsu pass at Bharmour, near Holi, and from Tyri village. The oldest and most popular route is from Pathankot/Chamba via Bharmour.
This journey is known as ‘Manimahesh Yatra’. Because the trek undertaken by pilgrims and sadhus is locally known as “Pavitra Chhri” (sacred stick carried by the pilgrims on their shoulders). All the pilgrims do the holy trek barefoot. And from the nearest road point of Hadsar to Manimahesh Lake cover a distance of 13 kms. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of the journey.
Manimahesh Yatra which will start from 30th August 2021 on the day of Krishna Janmashtami and will end on Radha Ashtami 14th September 2021.
It will start on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. The small bath will take place on 30 August 2022.
Big Sanan on the auspicious occasion of Radha Ashtami on 14th September 2022.
Route for Manimahesh Yatra:- Pathankot – Chamba – Bharmaur – Hudsar – Dancho – Mani Mahesh.
01 Day : Swasthya Kot – Bharmour (Bharmour 165 Km 6.) (Bharmour 2195M)
02 Day : Bharmour – Brahmani Temple (08 Varga):- Bharmour
03 Day: Hudsar (Gemterbi 13 Sq) – Dhancho (Trac 7 Sq) (2280 m)
04 Day: Danchu – Mani Ishwari – Dancho (15 g): (4080M)
05 Day: Danchu – Bharmour – Chamba (Chamba 996M)
06 Day: Chamba – Khajjiar – Delhousie – Temperature Kot Railway Station Drop
Manimahesh Lake Snow Trek
Route :- Pathankot – Dalhousie – Khajjiar – Chamba – Bharmour – Hadsar (By Road) Hadsar – Dhancho – Gaurikund – Manimahesh Lake (Track 13 kms)
Things To Carry for Manimahesh Yatra 2022
- ID Card, Extra Memory
- Sunscreen, lip balm
- Personal Medical Kit
- Trekking Shoes, Poles
- Full sleeves T-Shirts
- Down Jacket, Leather Gloves
- Waterproof Trekking Pant & Jacket, Raincoat
- Cap & Sunglasses
- Clothes with thermals, Gloves, Caps & Socks, Muffler.
How to Reach Manimahesh Yatra
People coming from big cities of India like: Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai or any other city of Gujarat reach Delhi first. Then you will get train from Delhi to Pathankot.
By Train: Delhi Jat Special to Pathankot Cantt. (Train number 02425 Departure at 21:10 hrs:- will reach Pathankot at 03:36 hrs.
Pune Jat Special to Pathankot Cantt. (Train No. 01077 Departures at 21:35 hrs :- Pathankot Arrive at 07:00 hrs.
By Bus: Pathankot can be reached from Delhi by bus. From Delhi’s Kashmiri you will get a bus to Pathankot. you can also book seat online.
The bus leaves Delhi from Pathankot at around 9.30 pm. It takes approximately 12 hours to 13 hours to reach Pathankot.