The womb of Himachal Pradesh has several Hot water springs that are ideal for naturally heated, mineral-rich thermal baths free off chemical contaminated therapies. The therapeutic qualities of these hot springs have attracted Travellers since centuries.
The supernatural healing power of hot springs is been witnessed and valued by people since generations. It is said that the boiling hot water of these natural springs contain numerous minerals and natural restorative properties in it. When human skin comes in contact with this water, it develops better oxygen flow and circulation.
Taking a dip in the soothing waters of these nature’s very own super spa, is distressing and relaxing on its own. One such Holy place in Himachal Pradesh is Manikaran..
Located 45 km from Kullu Manikaran lies in the Parvati valley of Kullu district. The spring is situated near the bank of Parvati Valley. Renowned for a holy Gurudwara, the healing properties of the Manikaran Springs are well known all over the country. Pilgrims from far come here and for the cure of their ailments.
Legendary Tale of Manikaran & Lord Shiva..
According to a legend, Manikaran is associated with Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. Mesmerized by the beauty of this place, Lord Shiva and his better half Parvati decided to visit this place to discover its beauty. According to epic, Lord Shiva and Parvati stayed here for Eleven hundred Years.
It is said that Maa Parvati lost a precious Gem in the Kund (Stream). Upset with its loss, she asked Lord Shiva to help her find it. Lord then asked his attendants to bring back the Gem from the stream. None were able to find the Gem and this angered the Lord leading to destruction at the place.
To calm down his wrath, Sheshnag appeared and hissed a flow of boiling water. This water spread over a large area and lifted up the precious gem which Goddess Parvati had lost. Thus, the water is considered as extremely precious with the blessings of the Goddess. The belief goes like, once you visit this place you need not visit Kashi!!
Food served out of Boiling Water..
The Gurudwara serves dal, rice & vegetables which is boiled in the hot water and served to the visitors after cooking them fine and surprisingly the meal is tasty. Vegetables are cooked in a pan resting on the hot water. Usually the meal is cooked fine in 20 minutes. Even ‘chapatis’ are cooked by immersion.
You can purchase a Chawal Potli (rice in a muslin bag) from the nearby market and place it in the steaming waters to experience this for yourself.
Scientific Reasons behind the Hot Water Spring..
Deep cracks in the Parvati valley region causes the hot water springs. Due to this, the water of the Parvati river drains deep down and get in contact with the hot rocks situated beneath the earth.
The hot water then shoots upward towards the Manikaran. The temperature of these rocks keep on increasingly due to the existence of geo thermal energy, thus the water here never cools down.
Credits: Sanchari Pal