ॐ Manimahesh Yatra is held from Janamashtmi (Birthday of Lord Krishna) to Radhastami (Birthday of Hindu Goddess Radha, who is almost always depicted alongside Lord Krishna) every year. It is believed that on this occasion Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati take a bath in the Lake. Manimahesh Yatra Chota Snan Will be held on Janamashtmi and Manimahesh Yatra Bada Snan will be held on Radhaashtmi. For this holy moment more than half a million people come from the country to take holy bath in the Manimahesh Lake.
The religious sanctity / significance of Manimahesh Lake is very next to that of the Kailash Mansarover Lake in Tibet. Manimahesh Kailash Peak is believed to be abode of Lord Shiva. People firmly believe that a dip into the Lake would bring in peace and wash all their past sins.
The place attributes its name Manimahesh to the mythological belief that there is Mani (a Jewel) on Lord Shiva’s Crown & locals believe that the moon rays reflected from the Mani can be seen from Mahimahesh lake on nights of clear full phase of the moon. Moreover, the light reflected from the glacier that adorns the peak really looks like a shiny jewel on the head of the mountain.
Manimahesh is not only famous for the religious aspect. The natural beauty of the lake is breathtaking. Beautiful surrounding mountains, clear reflection of lake and wafting clouds give you an impression of heaven on earth. The wonderful Manimahesh route not only excites the pilgrims but also, the adventure lovers and tourists. However, one should be physically fit to endure this journey in an altitude of 4080 m. The whole trip is soul stirring, called as Trekker’s Paradise.
Manimahesh Kailash has not been successfully summitted by mountaineers. It is also believed that Manimahesh Kailash is invincible as no one has so far scaled it, in spite of claims to the contrary and the fact that much taller peaks have been scaled, including Mount Everest. Manimahesh Kailash Peak is a Virgin Peak.
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