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

Mani Mahesh Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to ManimaheshLake and KailashPeak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh. The official yatra or pilgrimage follows the ‘Chhari’ (holy mace) from the LakshaminarayanTemple in ChambaTown. 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 ManiMaheshLake 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 ManiMaheshLake is on foot. The water of the ManiMaheshLake is believed to be holy and pilgrims take a holy dip and pray to the reflection of the KailashPeak on the Lake. There is also a four-faced Shivalingam instal…