About Manimahesh Kailash, Bharmour, Chamba, H.P
- Mount Mansarovar Kailash (Tibet)
- Adi Kailash (Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand)
- Manimahesh Kailash ( Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh)
- Kinner Kailash (Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh)
- Shrikhand Mahadev Kailash ( Kullu, Himachal Pradesh)
- Amarnath Kailash (Jammu & Kashmir)
- Boorha Kailash (searching)
There is a belief that Manimahesh Yatra (Pilgrims procession) is considered equivalent to the Kailash Mansarover Yatra and Amarnath Yatra. The Holy Bath (Nahon) has also related significance with Bada Nahon and Chhota or Yog Nahon. Yog Nahon falls on Krishna Janmashtami .Bada Nahon comes after the 15th day of Yog Nahon (Chhota Nahon) and it falls on the Radhashtami in the month of Bhadon..Between these two Nahons traditional Chhari Yatra starts from Chamba Town. The bath in the lake is believed to cleanse the sins of a lifetime. The water to this sacred Dal (lake) is flowing from the glacier.
Manimahesh Lake is shallow circular lake gives it an enchanting appearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. For beginner trekkers Manimahesh trek is the best route for beginning as the gradient is good and also provide pilgrimage visit to Manimahesh Lake. The Bharmour and surrounding area is known for Gaddi peoples and they are well familiar and have lots of knowledge about Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The traveller who is interested to see and study the customs and rituals of the local peoples gets opportunity, every year occasion comes, when Manimahesh fair (Manimahesh Yatra) is held at the lake in the month of August and September. The Yatra held from Janamastmi to Radhastami every year. Officially and mostly, the Yatra held for 15 days only, but these days few pilgrims are coming and starting from Raksha Bandan. As per local legends, it is believed that on this occasion both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gets the bath in the Lake. For this holy moment lacks of peoples comes from the country and abroad to take holy dip in the Manimahesh Lake. Every year a huge number of Lord Shiva’s devotees visit this place to offer their prayers and take baths in the Manimahesh lake. It is said that on the auspicious day of Radha Ashtami, the first rays of the sun touch the tip of Kailash parbat and make it glow like a diamond. The holy water of the Manimahesh lake is considered sacred and it is believed that taking a bath in the lake on this day cures diseases.
The area around Manimahesh Kailash is blessed with the many sacred places. Manimahesh Lake is the biggest lake in the Manimahesh mountain range. Gaurikund Lake named after Mata Gaura, Kamalkund Lake beneath the Manimahesh Peak, Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva's feet, Dhancho Water fall, Dham Ghodi, Ganesh Kund, Ravan Kund, Kartik & Marali temples and Shukh Dali are another attractions and sacred places around the Peak.
The name Manimahesh signifies a jewel (Mani) on Lord Shiva's (Mahesh's) crown and the moon-rays reflected from the jewel can be seen from Manimahesh Lake on clear full-moon nights (which is a rare occasion). It is more likely to be the light reflected from the glacier that adorns the peak, like a serpent on Shiva's neck. Local legends and Lord Shiva’s devotees also clearing about the Mani Darshan or Divya jayoti. Early in the morning when a spiritual light flashes from the Kailash peak where Shivlinga 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.Regarding Manimahesh Kailash it is said that no one has been able to climb to the peak. Local legends clarifying that people point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit, the other is of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top of Manimahesh Kailash. 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 according to the staunch devotees of the Manimahesh Lake and the peak.