Manimahesh Yatra

Manimahesh Yatra The Himalayas is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and several peaks bearing the name Kailash across the great mountain chain are held sacred as the place where the Lord resides. The towering Manimahesh Kailash peak at 5656 meters in Bharmaur mountains of Chamba is one of them. At the foot of the peak is a turquoise lake whose waters ar....
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Manimahesh Yatra/Fair is a religious fair.A Chhari Yatra starts from Chamba, the district headquarter with pilgrims carrying sacred symbols of Lord Shiva and after passing by Bharmaur, slowly wind up their way up on an arduous route to bathe in the icy waters of the lake and worship by a small lakeside temple.It is in the early morning hours of the 15th day of Janamashtmi that pilgrims seek to take a dip in the holy lake.Every year, on the eighth day of the light half of the moon in the month of Bhadon, a fair is held at this lake, which attracts thousands of pilgrims who assemble here to take a dip in the holy water. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this Fair/Jatra.

Manimahesh Lake is about 35 km from Bharmaur. Motorable road is up to Hadsar, which is 13 Km from Bharmaur. From there on, the remaining journey has to be done on foot with temporary shelters put up along the way for night stays. There is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Manimahesh at Dhanchoo, 11 Km from Hadsar and is a day’s trek and to get to the lake you have to climb past Bandar Ghati, Gauri Kund, Shiv Kalotri and Ganesh Ghati.About one and half kilometers short of Manimahesh lake fall two religiously important water bodies called Gauri Kund and Shiva Krotri, where, as per popular belief Gauri and Shiva bathe respectively. The women pilgrims do take holy dip in Gauri Kund and the men pilgrims in Shiva Krotri before proceeding to Manimahesh lake.

Organized By

District Administration, Chamba, H.P.
ADM, Bharmaur (Chamba)
DC Office, Chamba and ADM Office, Bharmaur (H.P.)

How to reach

The nearest airport is Kangra Airport at Gaggal, which is 180 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is Pathankot, which is 165 KMs away.
The nearest major city is Chamba, which is 65KMs away.
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Venue Address
Manimahesh Lake, Bharmaur, Chamba
Date Time

19 Aug 2022 - 2 Sep 2022

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM




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