As soon as Devadhidev, Lord Shankar is remembered, a sentence is added to the memory. Satyam Shivam Sundaram. That is, where there is truth there is Shiva. And where Shiva is, there is beauty. Himachal Pradesh comes spontaneously into memory as soon as beauty is discussed. Devbhoomi Himachal Pradesh is also known as Dev Nagari due to its dignity, beauty, and purity. While there are many Shaktipeeths in Himachal Pradesh, apart from this, there are many temples and pilgrimage sites of mythological importance here. A pilgrimage site called Manimahesh is also one of them, so let’s go to Shivnagari Manimahesh yatra.
The auspicious journey to Manimahesh yatra starts from district Chamba.
Pilgrims choose the route according to their convenience to reach Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, located in the northwest part of India. By the way, Chamba is a very famous tourist destination. That is why there is no inconvenience to reach here.
How to reach chambha
Pilgrims coming from Jammu and Kashmir reach Chamba via Bhandal and, Himachal residents come via jot. Whereas people coming from Punjab and other parts of the country reach Pathankot, the only railway station closest to Himachal. From where Chamba city is 120 kilometers and this journey can be covered by road in about two and a half hours.
The journey from Pathankot to Chamba stands very delightful and frenetic. High mountain ranges, winding roads, lush green valleys, and the sweetly flowing Ravi River. When the journey to Chamba is over in the beautiful green fields, the devotees do not know, and the devotees reach their first stop i.e. in the city of Chamba.
Chamba is famous all over the world for its folk culture and the Minjar occurring here. This beautiful city surrounded by beautiful green valleys situated on the banks of river Ravi, as if nature is decorated with your own hands. Chamba ka chougan is adjacent to the city of Chamba, complete with all kinds of basic facilities. Where the historical Minjar fair takes place.
Some holy places to visit during Mani Mahesh Yatra in chamba.
• Lakshmi Narayan temple
Where there is a Lakshmi Narayan temple other side Chamba ka chougan, whose beauty is amazing. On arriving at the Lakshmi Narayan temple, the first mata Durga is seen. Along with this, idols of Gaurishankar and other deities are also seated.
• Mata Chamunda temple
8 km from Chambal there is another historic temple dedicated to Mata Chamunda. This temple gives a panoramic view of the entire Chamba city. After the visit and blessings of the mother Chamunda, pilgrims like to spend a few hours to enjoy the beauty of the place. The beauty of Chamba is visible as far as your eyes can go. Pilgrims proceed from the historic ancient temple of Goddess Chamunda. Their next stop on Mani Mahesh Yatra will be Bharmar which is about 64 kilometers from Chamba.
journey from Chamba to Bharmour on ManiMahesh Yatra
The journey from Chamba to Bharmour is also not less than a thrill. Many pilgrims travel from Chamba to Manimahesh on foot. By the way, the basic rule Of yatra is to travel on foot from Chamba to Manimahesh. But there is nothing wrong with traveling by vehicles due to health, old age, or lack of time. The main purpose is to see Baba Manimahesh.
42 kilometers further away from Chamba, we find a small village called Dehra village. Ravi river remains your companion here too. The distance of Bharmour from this village is just 27 kilometers. With the desire of seeing Shiva, all the Shiva devotees now go further. Another stop comes after a few hours, this is khadamukh. After resting here for a few moments, pilgrims once again move forward. And after this comes the next stop Lahala.
Lahla is the place from where the first Kailash Manimahesh is visible to the devotees.
The devotees get excited after getting a glimpse of their place of worship here. The actual journey of ManiMahesh Yatra starts from Lahla. After paying obeisance to Bharmouri Kailash, the devotees depart further. There are also arrangements of langar for the refreshment of pilgrims at many places on the way. Where Shiva devotees continue their journey by consuming food etc.
On the way to Bharmour, we also get to see the pride of Himachal i.e. apple orchards. Passengers reach the bharmour, enjoying the beautiful scenery. bharmour, the oldest city in the lap of the picturesque hill of district Chamba. bharmour which is also known as the starting place of Manimahesh Yatra.
History of bharmour
Historically it is said about bharmour, that before about the sixth century, the ancestors of King MeruVarman reached the hill region and settled their capital. Which was named Brahmapur. Over time, changing from Brahmapur, it became bharmour. Upon reaching the bharmour, the human is lost in the natural surroundings.
Bharmour is well known by Chaurasi temple
The identity of Bharmour is the Chaurasi temple here. In the state of king Varman, 84 Siddha Mahatmas, while going to Manimahesh yatra, stayed in Bharmour and bowed in honor of the King. The king built 84 temples at those places. Because of which it is named chourasi.
Atraction in chourasi temple
The main temple in 84 temple is of Shri Mani Mahesh. There is a Lakshana Devi temple in the complex. Which is built in the 7th century under the reign of King Meruvarman. Along with this, there are temples of Narasimha, Ganesh and Dharameshwar Mahadev. In the same 84 courtyard, the ascetic Shri Jai Krishna Giri ji also has samadhi. A fair is experienced from the crowd of devotees in Chaurasi temple these days.
The disciples of Shiva will start their journey from here after taking rest. The view of the Chaurasi temple at night gives a glow. Chaurasi temple immersed in light gives a feeling of heaven.
blessing from Goddess Bharamani Devi on Manimahesh yatra
According to another mythological belief, before going on a pilgrimage to Manimahesh, there is a tradition of getting a blessing from Goddess Bharamani Devi. It is said that the pilgrimage to Manimahesh Yatra is incomplete without having a visit to Mata Bharamani Devi. Mata Bharamani’s court is on a hill about 4 kilometers northeast of Bharmour. The number of pilgrims who give attendance in their court is very high.
There is also an ancient Kandara near the temple of Mata Bharamani, which is called Maa Bharamani’s cave. There is also a pool in front of this cave. Which is known as Brahma Kund. Devotees who visit Sri Manimahesh take a bath in this tank. The beautiful view of the plaintiffs is visible from the court of Maa Bhavani, who sits on the high peak of the mountain. This savory scene is an unforgettable experience. The way of travel to Manimahesh is such that travelers do not feel tired. A breathtaking view and cool winds reduce travel fatigue and discomfort to a great extent.
Next move towards ManiMahesh Yatra
After the blessings of Chaurasi temple and Maa Bharamani, all pilgrims again prepare for the journey ahead. The next stop will be a place called Hadsar. Hadsar is the next stop for Sri Manimahesh yatra. Which is 13 km from Bharmour. And is the last stop connected with road traffic. The winding mountain roads have their own pleasure, the hills on one side, and the deep valleys on the other side, which look spectacular due to its greenery. Shiva devotees keep moving forward praising Shri Manimahesh.
After Hadsar, the road ahead has to be completed on foot. Shiv Devotees of the country and abroad organize langar here with great reverence. These langars provide catering for all pilgrims. The beautiful tradition of organizing langar in the service of pilgrims is an integral part of our culture. The walkway after Hadsar is about 14 kilometers long. And is about to climb continuously.
Facilities available on manimahesh yatra
The whole atmosphere becomes shivmay when Shiva devotees proceed on this path while chanting Har Har Mahadev. For the convenience of pilgrims on foot route, the government has also arranged horses, khachar, and porters. Pilgrims can also avail of this additional facility by paying a nominal fee.
Passengers proceed by launching the walk from Hadsar. For your next stop Dhancho which is about 6 kilometers from Hadsar. Later on, travelers reach Khadanala at a distance of about 1 kilometer. There is also a proper arrangement of langar and tea water here. Travelers, after taking refreshments, etc., proceed towards their journey here. And it is from here that the hard climb starts, which the devotees climb by saying Har Har Mahadev. Passengers carrying their necessities, Shiva praises and continues his journey continuously.
Gaurikund is the last stop of the Manimahesh Yatra.
Only women pilgrims take a bath in Gaurikund. In Gauri Kund also the traveler has the facility of tent. An arrangement of langar is done at night, in which pure Vaishno food is served to the pilgrims. From here, his destination i.e. Manimhesh’s Dham remains only 1 kilometer. Shiva devotees, immersed in enthusiasm and devotion, keep moving forward saying every Har Mahadev and Jai Shiv Shankar.
The distance of Manimahesh decreases as the impatience of devotees increases the same. And while praising Bhole Shankar, travelers climb the hill of the lake. Later on, travelers reach the lake at an altitude of 13500 feet. The shrill of travelers spread on the hill around the lake, the atmosphere resonating with Shiva praise, looks very sacred and religious.
Then the process of bathing in the holy lake of Manimahesh begins. Travelers from far away take bath in this holy lake and fill the holy water of the lake in pots and take them to their homes. After bathing in the lake, at the idols installed on the banks of the lake and the chaumukhi joint place of worship of Shiva Shankar, people worship and offer donations. There is also a tradition of revolving around the holy lake after worship.
Bharmouri Kailash Manimahesh
Finally, that auspicious time After the circumambulation of the lake, all the pilgrims eagerly await the removal of those clouds which often occupy the summit of Bharmouri Kailash Manimahesh in their arms And,that moment also comes when the clouds on the summit of Bharmouri Kailash Manimahesh suddenly stagnate.
And then it appears that priceless, exclusive, magnificent, dignified, supernatural in beauty Bharmouri Kailash Manimahesh. The desire of the mind is fulfilled as soon as the vision of this supreme worshiping peak is seen. The breath of the pilgrims stops. Eyes tuck on that heavenly mountain peak, fortunate to have the privilege of seeing it.
As soon as Kailash is seen, the traveler looks as if he saw Lord Shiva.
The desire of the pilgrims is fulfilled as soon as they see Manimahesh. Their pilgrimage becomes meaningful. The inner thirst quenches. All the sufferings of devotees are eradicated as soon as Shiva is blessed. Bhole Baba takes all the suffering of his devotees. The annual holy bath fair of Shri Manimahesh Tirtha takes place from Janmashtami to Radha Ashtami on the 15th day every year at Manimahesh Lake.
In which lakhs of pilgrims from every part of the country take a holy bath and get rid of suffering, disease, and sins and pray for salvation. Whoever takes a bath in this holy lake on this day will get freedom from all kinds of sins. No matter how many centuries, the movement of passengers continues in this holy land of Manimahesh.
Every pilgrim takes something from the court of Shri Manimahesh. That is why Shiva devotees pray that they continue to have the auspicious occasion of the pilgrimage to this holy land Manimahesh again and again. With this desire, Shiva devotees return to their homes, praising Shiva and completes manimahesh yatra.
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