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Mani Mahesh Yatra 2017 – Pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake and Kailash Peak in Himachal Pradesh

Manimahesh Yatra is an annual Hindu pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake and Kailash Peak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh, India. The official Manimahesh Yatra 2017 begins on August 14 from Chamba and the holy dip in Manimahesh will be on August 29, 2017. The official yatra, or pilgrimage, follows the ‘Chhari’ (holy mace) from the Lakshaminarayan Temple in Chamba Town. The state government of Himachal Pradesh conducts the Manimahesh Yatra.

Manimahesh Yatra begins on the Sri Krishna Janmashtami day and ends on the Radha Ashtami day. This usually takes place in month of August or September.

The water of the Manimahesh 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.

The pilgrimage is a tough one and is undertaken by staunch Shiva devotees and adventure trekkers. The sacred Manimahesh 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 Manimahesh Lake is on foot.