Jal Pratap, whose lord Shiva ji was behind while escaping from Bhasmasura behind the tomb.
Although there are many major temples of Lord Shankar in India, but the Mani Mahesh Temple is included in Himachal Pradesh. At the same time, the lake situated at a height of 15000 feet located near this temple is considered to be the playground of Lord Shiva in mythology.
In this Mani Mahesh temple one always has to work hard to see Bhole Nath. Be it the Amarnath Yatra, the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra or the Mani Mahesh Yatra. Mani Mahesh pilgrims get the opportunity to visit only during July-August, because then the weather here is more or less right. A fair is also organized here on these days, which ends on the day of Janmashtami. All kinds of arrangements are made by the administration during the 15-day fair.
There is a tehsil called Bharmour in the eastern part of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The Kailash peak in this region is situated at an altitude of about 19 thousand feet above sea level. The lake situated at an altitude of 15000 feet here is considered to be the playground of Lord Shiva in mythology. Devotees from every corner of the country including Himachal come to the fair to be held here on Janmashtami. The journey starts at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple of Chamba.
The journey starts from here with the silver stick of Bhole and reaches Bharmour, passing through ash, khadamukh etc. areas. The stick is worshiped at Bharmour and then it reaches Mani Mahesh on the day of Radha Ashtami via Harsar and Dhanchu. In Bharmour itself there is a group of temples called Chaurasi Sthal where the temple of Lord Mani Mahesh is. The Chaurasi temple is named after the 84 small temples located in its premises.
Taposthali of eighty-four Siddhas
Although fairs and festivals are held throughout the year in Himachal, Chamba Manimahesh Bharmour Jatars have special significance. It is believed that the Manimahesh Yatra is incomplete without bathing in Brahmani Kund.
It is not known when the famous Manimahesh Yatra started from time immemorial, but according to mythological beliefs, it is true that when Guru Gorakhnath was going with his disciples on the Manimahesh Yatra, Bharmour stayed in the then Brahmapur. Bramhapur, which was considered to be the abode of Mother Bramhani, but Guru Gorakhnath, with his Naths and eighty-four Siddhas, had made up his mind to stop here.
They stayed here with the permission of Lord Bholenath but when Mother Brahmani returned from her trip, the fire was extinguished after seeing the naked Siddhas at her residence. It was only after Lord Bholenath’s insistence that Mother allowed him to rest the night and himself went 3 km up from here to a place called Sahar, from where he could not be seen naked, but when Mother returned in the morning, she saw all the Nath Chaurasi Siddha had assumed the form of Linga who still sits in this Chaurasi temple complex.
This place became the taposthali of the Chaurasi Siddhas, hence it is called Chaurasi. The fire of anger enraged Mata Brahmani Shivji calmed down only after the assurance of God. Lord Shankar gave the blessings At the behest of Lord Shankar, Mata Brahmani agreed to live in a new place and Lord Shankar assured her that the journey of Manimahesh traveler who would not bathe in the first Brahmani Kund would not be considered complete.
That is, every traveler going to Manimahesh will first have to bathe in Brahmani Kunda, only then after taking bath in Manimahesh’s Dal Lake, his journey is considered complete. Such a belief has been prevalent for centuries.
Lord Shiva and Bhasmasura …
When the devotees leave from Bharmour on their journey to Mani Mahesh, the entire journey route is full of natural scenery and he gets delighted. It is a little difficult to carry children in this four-five-hour journey. A mythological story is told about the huge waterfall present in the Dhanchu region during this journey. It is said that once Lord Shiva escaped from Bhasmasura and hid behind the falls of this waterfall. Knowing this, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini and consumed Bhasmasura. After this Lord Shiva left from here.
The Mani Mahesh Lake, which is situated at an altitude of 15000 feet, is surrounded by icy peaks. The blue colored water of this lake is believed to cure various diseases. The pilgrims who visit Mani Mahesh offer prayers to the Lord only after bathing in this lake. It is also believed that the vow made by orbiting the lake is definitely fulfilled.
It is believed that when the first rays of Sun God falls on Mount Kailash on the day of Radha Ashtami, a beautiful aura comes out of the naturally made Shivling on the summit. When these rays fall into the lake, its water becomes like nectar. It is said that bathing in this lake during this time gets rid of all kinds of sins.
Arrived here like
The nearest railway route to reach here is Pathankot. The distance from Pathankot to Chamba is 120 kilometers. Bus and taxi services are easily available from Pathankot to reach here. After visiting Chamba, one can easily avail government bus and taxi services for the onward journey.