Manikaran: The land of miracles, divinity and blossoming nature

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Neighbourhood Travel Desk:  Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley in Kullu. It is a pilgrimage center for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape. It is often said that when Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran.

Manikaran states, is surrounded by mountains and is lush green. Manikaran, is derived from Sanskrit where Mani means a jewel and Karan means ear. Thus Manikaran means jewel of the ear. It is also believed that there is no need to visit Kashi after visiting this place. The water of the spring is also supposed to have curative powers. It is so hot that rice can be cooked in it.

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