The Manimahesh Lake- also known as Dal Lake- is a high altitude lake located at an elevation of 4,080 meters (13,390 ft) above sea level. Situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This lake is of deep religious significance for Hindus, next in line to that of the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. This lake lies just in front of the mighty Manimahesh Kailash peak at 5,656 meters above sea level. The Lake is the venue of a highly revered pilgrimage trek, known as the ‘Manimahesh Yatra’, undertaken during the month of August/September corresponding to the month of Bhadon according to Hindu calendar, on the eighth day of the New Moon period.
There are two ways of reaching the lake. The first trek to Manimahesh Lake starts from a village called Hadsar in the Kugti Valley and is about 14 km long. This route is shorter, easier and has ample food and water facilities en route, especially during the pilgrimage season. The other route starts from a village called Holi in Chamba district which is for the adventurers. Although it is exceptionally scenic, it is also exceptionally tiring and has no civilization en route apart from a small village. Towards the north-east of Manimahesh Lake and just below the Kailash Peak, there lies another lake known as Kamal Kund. The trek to Kamal Kund is just about 2 kilometers from the base camp of Manimahesh Lake. One can witness astoundingly beautiful views of Manimahesh Lake from the Kund. Beyond Kamal Kund, there is another trek that goes towards Kugti Pass which connects Bharmour area to Lahaul Valley. The Kugti Pass trail is traditionally followed by the people of Lahaul & Spiti to reach Manimahesh Lake during the Manimahesh Yatra from Lahaul side. Manimahesh Kailash, being one of the many Abodes of Lord Shiva, will not only reward you with stunning vistas but also fill you with a deep sense of reverence with the environment around thanks to its high spiritual energies!
Quick Facts About Manimahesh Lake
- The word Manimahesh means a jewel or Mani and Mahesh refers to Lord Shiva. So, the name Manimahesh signifies a jewel on the crown of Lord Shiva.
- It is said that the rays of the moon reflected from the jewel on Kailash can be witnessed from Manimahesh Lake also known as Dal Lake on full-moon nights.
- Pilgrimage from throughout the state and whole country undertake Manimahesh Yatra, which starts from Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba and ends at the Manimahesh Lake in Bundhil valley.
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Manimahesh Lake Gallery
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