Dalhousie: Holy mace of Lord Shiva will be carried in a procession to the famous Manimahesh lake, as a part of the annual pilgrimage, on 8th Sept.
“All arrangements have been made for the ‘Charri Yatra’ (holy mace procession) that would begin from 1,000-year-old Lakshmi Narayan temple in Chamba town,’ told the Chamba Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar.
Pilgrimage to Manimahesh is becoming popular among the devotees across India with each passing year witnessing an increase in the number of pwoplw visiting this holy lake which is situated on the foot of the mighty and sacred Mount Kailash, adobe of Shiva. It would conclude on Radhashthmi – Sep 15 when thousands of devotees would take a dip in the oval-shaped, glacial-fed Manimahesh Lake. As many as 150,000 devotees undertook the pilgrimage to the Manimahesh Lake in the Bharmour Valley till date.
Private operators are providing heli-taxi services to ferry people during the pilgrimage, from Bharmour which is he base camp of this pilgrimage. The journey on foot starts from Hadsar at a height of 6,000 feet, and after passing through rugged, cold and inhospitable terrain it concludes at 13,500 feet at the lake.
Various religious and social organizations have setup ‘langar’ – the free community kitchen for the pilgrims, on the way to the lake.