Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib


Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is an historical sikh shrine present there which was discovered by Baba Narayan Hari.

Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is located where Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji was with his Sikhs in the Himalaya Mountains of India. His sikhs were hungry and there was no food. Guru Nanak sent Bhai Mardana to collect food for langar. Many people donated rice and flour to make parsadas. The one problem was that there was no fire to cook the food.

Guru Nanak than lifted a rock and a hot spring appeared. The Sikhs were able to make rice and beans. Bhai Mardana was having trouble making parasadas because they kept sinking. Bhai Mardana said, "I am going to donate my life in the name of God". The parasada amazingly floated. Guru Nanak Dev Ji said that anyone who donates his life in the name of God, All his (or her) drowned items will float.

The place is famous for its hot boiling sulphur springs, which are revered by lakhs who come here for a dip in the curing waters. It is believed that the hot springs can cure skin diseases.

An awe-inspiring experiment at Manikaran is that of cooking rice or daal in the boiling hot waters. Tourists can experience this by purchasing 'chawal potli' from the nearby market. The Gurdwara management prepares tea and food by putting huge vessels in the water. There is a water pool in the Gurdwara where one can enjoy a hot bath. The local residents use hot water in narrow bazaar through pipes.

On examination it is understood that the Manikaran hot spring have got Uranium and other radioactive minerals.

The management of the Gurdwara Sahib is in non Sikh hands a lady named Deva ji [Daughter of the founder of the Gurdwara Sahib].

Manikaran, perched on the right bank of the roaring Parvati River, is situated at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 45 kms, from Kullu, via Bhuntar, in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh.

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