Manikaran sahib gurudwara Parvati Valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh – India
Manikaran Sahib is a Gurudwara situated in a small town surrounded by high mountains and lush green Alpine forest. It is located in the Parvati Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 5774 ft and is located 35 km from Bhuntar in Kullu district.
This small village have many hot springs, which also attracts tourists visiting Kullu-Manali, Kasol, Kheerganga & other places of Parvati Valley. It is a pilgrim centre for both Sikhs and Hindus.
Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is built on the bank of river Parvati. A bridge connects the Gurudwara with main road. Watch & Listen the mighty stream of Parvati river while standing on the bridge. There is a Sarai which have some halls and nearly 300 rooms & can accommodate around 3000 pilgrims. Pilgrims can stay in Sarai and have Langar(food) in Langar hall. Here, Langar is cooked with the help of the steam & water of a hot spring. Accommodation and food is provided for free to everyone. Pilgrims can take a bath in the hot spring(Kund,), which gives much relief to body. It is advised to read Caution Board before going into that Kund. A multilevel parking is also available there.
According to the Sikhs
In 1574, the founder of Sikhism and their first Guru Shri Guru Nanak, while Udasi, came to this beautiful place surrounded by lush green alpine forest named as Manikaran with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry but there were no food. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to go and collect food for Guru ka Langar (Community Kitchen). Mardana came back with donated Atta(flour) for making Roti(Chappati). Now the main problem was that they did not have fire to cook the food. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to lift a stone on the bank of River Parvati and he followed and a hot spring appeared.
Guru Nanak Asked Mardana to put the chapatis into the hot spring. Mardana did the same and chapatis sank. Mardana thought what will we have now but Guru Nanak told him to pray to God promising that if the chapatis float back then he would donate one in God’s name. Mardana prayed and all the chapatis started floating duly baked.
Guru Nanak said that by the Name of God, his drowned items float back.
“ प्रभु का नाम लेने से डूबे हुए भी तैर जाते हैं ”