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Manimehesh Fair

Himachal Pradesh is a state of India which is enriched with beautiful sights and the fairs and festivals which are celebrated throughout the year. Manimehesh Fairies one of the important fair celebrated in this area. This place is considered the home of Lord Shiva. The Manimahesh peak is located at the height of 5656 meters above sea level. It falls under the Bharmour valley which is in Chamba district. It is considered a beautiful holy spot.  Moreover, the Popular Kailash parbat is also renowned as Manimahesh Kailash. People believe that this mountain has  celestial powers and would always remain unbeaten. The importance of this pilgrimage centre gets really immense during two religious events  e.g.  Janamashtami and on Radhashtami.  Devotees and Pilgrims from across the world visit this place during the time of Manimehesh fair since centuries. A beautiful small lake named Manimahesh lake is also located near the Manimahesh Kailash. This sacred lake is situated at a height of 13,500 feet above sea level and the Manimahesh Kailash parbat is on the eastern side of this lake.

Well, the sacred manimahesh yatra commences with Chhari from Lakshaminarayan Temple which is in Chamba town. During the Yatra, Chhari is carried on the shoulders by pilgrims and devotees. When  they reach the  lake, a beautiful ceremony is commenced that goes on throughout the night.

Then devotees go their way up the laborious track from Bharmaur in order to have a sacred dip in the waters of the Manimahesh Lake. Moreover, the Lakshminarayan group of temples in Chamba is of great significance. Six stone temples are devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu with tall shikaras and these are beautifully carved.

Month of Celebration of The Festival

The Manimehesh Fair is held at the sacred lake every year with lots of enthusiasm and devotion. The fair is held in the months of August and September. This Yatra begins from Janamastami and ends on Radhastami. People firmly believe that on this time both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati take bath in the Lake. To celebrate this holy fair, lacks of people visit here from all over the world. They specially take holy dip in the Manimahesh Lake. The holy dip has immense significance.

Some people even believe that Manimahesh Yatra i.e. procession of pilgrims, is alike the sacred Amarnath Yatra. Moreover, the sacred bath also acquires significance in regard with Bada Nahon and Chhota /Yog Nahon. Bada Nahon approaches just after the fifteenth day of Chhota Nahon. It comes on the Durbashtami or Radhashtami during the month of Bhadon while Chhota Nahon comes on Krishna Janmashtami.

While the Manimehesh Fair is on full swings, the loud chanting of 'bum bum bhole' can be heard everywhere. This blissful and divine air gives the feel of heavenly experience to everyone present there.

Description About Manimehesh Fair

The place ascribes its name 'ManiMahesh' to the legendary faith. The faith is that Lord Shiva's crown carries Mani i.e. a jewel. Folks strongly have belief that the rays of moon which reflects from the Mani can be considered from ManiMahesh Lake on the nights of clear full phase of the moon.  Moreover, the light which reflects from the glacier and adorns the mountain seems just like a gleaming jewel on the top of the mountain.

So, the name Manimahesh stands for a jewel, Mani on Lord Shiva's Mahesh's i.e. crown. People living in local areas say that one can see the moon-rays reflected from jewel from Manimahesh Lake on the clear full-moon nights. It is a rare occasion. It is more likely that the light reflected from the glacier actually beautifies the peak. It seems just like a serpent on the neck of Shiva.

There is a strong belief that Lord Shiva is one of the three Lords in Hindu trinity.  The creator Lord Brahma, the preserver Lord Vishnu and the destroyer Lord Shiva stay at the Manimahesh Kailash. This famous fair is also known as Manimahesh Yatra.

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