Manimahesh
                The Holy place is situated in the Bharmaur Tribal valley an important pilgrimage centre of North India, in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Here the sacred Manimahesh Lake is situated at the base of Mount Kailash at the height of 13,500 feet.It is believed that this mountain possesses divine powers and would remain unconquered. This pilgrimage centre gains importance on two religious occasions - Janamashtami and on Radhashtami. En-route this holy place, nature offers pilgrims a plethora of experiences.

                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.

                Chamba Town is the starting point of the Manimahesh Yatra. Visitors can reach Bharmaur, 65 kilometers from Chamba through bus or taxi. Then from Bharmaur, the distance of 13 kilometers to reach Hadsar, can be covered by State Transport bus or by taxi. But majority of the pilgrims prefer to cover the distance on foot with many of them taking off their shoes at Bharmaur.The next destination is Dhanchoo 11 K.M. from Hadsar, where pilgrims spend night. It can be spotted with a beautiful water fall. Between Dhanchoo and Manimahesh Lake, there are minor places of pilgrimage known as Bandar Ghati, Gouri Kund, Shiv Kalotri, Ganesh Ghati.

                Gouri Kund and Shiv Kalotri are two different places, where according to legend, the Lord Shiv and his consort Parvati, bathed, respectively, on the Radhashtami day. The pilgrims follow the tradition. Manimahesh denotes- The jewel of Lord Shiva. On the day of ritual annual dip, one can see dazzling light of the dawn coming through the tip of pyramidal Peak of Manimahesh, as a huge brilliant cut diamond sparks in the sunlight, provided you are fortunate to have a clear sky. It is forbidden to scale the tip of the peak due to mythical beliefs. It is believed that Lord Shiva's abode is prohibited for mortals. One can easily identify the stoned figure of one shepherd, snake and crow who dared to scale the Peak. The holy peak is said to be unconquered. After spending night near the sacred Manimahesh Lake, pilgrims take the Holy dip in the early hours of the next morning on the 15th day of the Janamashtami. Thereafter, pilgrims offer prayers to Mount Kailash and make floral offerings at the image of Lord Shiva established on one side of the lake.
Places of interest around Manimahesh
Bharmour (Chaurasi):                 It was the old capital of erstwhile princely state of Chamba, known as Brahmpura. During the regime of Sahil Verman the founder of Chamba, 84 Yogis had visited Brahmpura. Pleased with the King’s hospitality, they blessed him with ten sons and a daughter Champavati, later named Chamba. It is an ancient principality, dating back to the sixth century discovered by Sir Alexander Cunnigham in 1839. The place is also famous among the devotees of Lord Shiva being the only temple of Dharam Raja in the world. Besides this other important temple are Manimahesh, Lakshana Devi, Ganesha, Narsingha and Nandi Bull.
Bharmani Devi :                  Bharmani Devi, the patron Goddess of Bharmaur, is 4 kilometers from Bharmaur on a steep gradient, located on a ridge among the forest and has a fascinating view of Budhal valley. According to a legend Goddess was residing in the Bharmour Chaurasi, before the advent of pilgrims. When Lord Shiva first appeared in Bharmour, the Goddess shifted her seat to the hill top known as Bharmani. It is said that goddess passed a command to Lord Shiva that the journey to the sacred Manimahesh Peak would be incomplete unless the devotees visit her place. Since then it is a ritual to visit Bharmani Devi, before the journey to Manimahesh.
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