Mani Mahesh Yatra 2008 – Pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake and Kailash Peak in Himachal Pradesh



Mani Mahesh Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake and Kailash Peak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh. The official yatra or pilgrimage follows the ‘Chhari’ (holy mace) from the Lakshaminarayan Temple in Chamba Town. The state government of Himachal Pradesh takes care of the spiritual journey. In 2008, the official Mani Mahesh Yatra is scheduled from 23rd August to 7th September.

Mani Mahesh Yatra begins on the Sri Krishna Jayanti day and the pilgrimage is undertaken by staunch Shiva devotees and adventure for trekkers. The sacred Mani Mahesh Lake is located at the height of 13,500 feet and the journey involves harsh treks.

From Chamba town one has to travel on road to Hadsar, which is around 81 km away. From there the journey of 15 km to the Mani Mahesh Lake is on foot.

The water of the Mani Mahesh Lake is believed to be holy and pilgrims take a holy dip and pray to the reflection of the Kailash Peak on the Lake. There is also a four-faced Shivalingam installed near the lake.

More details about the journey and map with route can be found in this post.