Manimahesh Kailash Peak – Home of Lord Shiva

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Location

Manimahesh Kailash Peak is situated 26 km away from Bharmour. The altitude of Kailash peak is 18,547 ft. It lies between 32°24′06″N and 76°40′09″E.

About

Manimahesh Kailash Peak also known as Chamba Kailash. It is also believed that Manimahesh Kailash Peak is home of Lord Shiva. Manimahesh Lake is at the foundation of Kailash peak. The Manimahesh Lake is blessed by the goddess Kali and protected by Lord Shiva. Thousand of people take a dip in the holy water of lake. A fair is held every year at this lake in the month of August or September. It is also believed that Manimahesh Kailash Peak is unstoppable no one has so far win it. According to a local myth a local tribe tried to climb along with the herd of sheep but he failed and turned into a stone along with his sheep. Another myth is that a snake also attempted to climb the mountain but failed and was converted into stone. Devotees believe that they can view the peak only if the Lord Shiva wishes so.

 

Manimahesh Kailash Peak
Manimahesh Kailash Peak
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Legends

There are several mythical legends narrated on the sanctity of this peak and the lake at its base. In one popular legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped as Mata Girja. There are many other legends narrated linking Lord Shiva and his show of displeasure through avalanches and blizzards that occur in the region. According to a local myth, Lord Shiva is believed to reside in Manimahesh Kailash. A rock formation in the form of a Shivling on this mountain is considered as the manifestation of Lord Shiva. The snow field at the base of the mountain is called by the local people as Shiva’s Chaugan (play field).Source: Wikipedia

How to access

By Air: The nearest airport is at Gaggal which is at 140 km away.

By Train: The nearest broad gauge rail heads is Pathankot which is at 164 km away.

By Bus: Manimahesh Kailash Peak is 98 km away from Chamaba. Taxis and buses are available from Chamba.

Climate

In winter the temperature can reach freezing point and heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature are mild and light cottons are recommended.

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