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manimahesh kailash Temple
Manimahesh Yatra is pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake (4115m) situated at the base of Manimahesh Kailash Peak. Manimahesh Yatra is just like mount Kailash yatra or Lake Manasarovar Yatra for pilgrimage to lord Shiva. It is believed that Manimahesh is home of Lord Shiva and taking bath in Manimahesh Lake would wash all the past sins. Manimahesh Lake is at a distance of 26 km (13km by taxi and 13km by trek) from Bharmour. Many pligrims, who visit Manimahesh every year and locals often cover this distance Bharmour to Manimahesh in one day. People start visiting Manimahesh from May onwards and keep on visiting Manimahesh until end of October. Every year more than half a million people visit manimahesh lake to take holy bath and to see Manimahesh Kailash. Manimahesh Kailash Peak is believed to be home of Lord Shiva. Manimahesh yatra is not considered complete without visit to Bharmani devi temple which is at a distance of 4 km from Bharmour. It is believed that it is necessary to take bath in Bharmani Devi pool to complete Manimahesh Yatra. Manimahesh lake and peak are considered sacred and it is said that no one has been able to climb to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak. People point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit and other of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top.  A fair is held at Bharmour in August every year, providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people.

pilgrims on the way to manimaheshManimahesh Yatra Schedule

Traditionally maniamehsh yatra was held from Janamashtami to Radhashtami every year. However since the formation of Manimahesh Yatra Trust in 2015 officials started mulling over increasing the period of Manimahesh Yatra so more people can visit holy Lake. For this reason Manimahesh trust increased the period of Manimahesh Yatra to one month from 12th August to 12th Septemeber. In 2017 Manimahesh trust is planning to increase the period of Yatra for two months. 

Many devotees of Lord Shiva start visiting Manimahesh From May onwards and keep on visiting Manimahesh until end of October. Few pilgrims or trekking enthusiasts also visit Manimahesh Lake in month of April and in November. In April there is lot of snow at Manimahesh Lake and in November there are chances of heavy snowfall at Manimahesh. Period of June to October is very good for Manimahesh Yatra. 


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