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Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara

Built in the honour of Guru Nanak Dev’s visit, is a gurudwara in Himachal Pradesh known as Manikaran Sahib. This gurudwara is located in a “holy” town known as Manikaran. According to a popular legend Guru Nanak once decided to travel through the state with the intention to help people, visiting places such as Mandi, Chamba, Kullu, Palampur, Kangara etc before finally arriving at Manikaran where the gurudwara was eventually built. Furthermore, during this journey Guru Nanak was accompanied by his disciple called Bhai Mardana.

a. Best time to visit the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara

The perfect time to visit this town is during the summers which begins in April and ends in June with, the average temperature during this period being about 10 degrees Celsius.

b. How to reach  Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara

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Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara Map

1. By train:

The nearest railway station to this town is located in Jogindernagar. The Jogindernagar Railway Station is well connected to many of the major cities and towns in the country.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this gurudwara the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.

  • Via New Delhi:

There are two routes from New Delhi to this gurudwara, and they are via NH44 and via NH205.

  • Via Chandigarh:

There are two routes from Chandigarh to this gurudwara, and they are via NH205 and NH154, and via Una-Hamirpur.

  • Via Ludhiana:

There are two routes from Ludhiana to this gurudwara, and they are via NH205 and via Una-Hamirpur Road.

  • Via Jalandhar:

There are three routes from Jalandhar to this gurudwara, and they are via NH3, via NH205, and via Una-Hamirpur Road.

  • Via Amritsar:

There are three routes from Amritsar to this gurudwara, and they are via NH3, via Una-Hamirpur Road, and via NH54 and NH3.

3. By air:

The nearest airport to this town is located in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh airport is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.

c. Religious significance of Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara

According to folklore Guru Nanak Ji and his disciple Bhai Mardana were travelling around the Himachal region. It was after they visited places such as Mandi, Chamba, Kullu that they eventually arrived at Manikaran with the intention to serve the people in this small town. So to honour this visit by Guru Nanak this gurudwara was built. In addition, this gurudwara is renowned for providing free langar (i.e. free community kitchen) to devotees who visit.

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