Manikaran is located in the Parvati
Valley between the rivers Vyaas
and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar
in the Kullu District. It is at an
altitude of 1760 m and is located
about 45 km from Kullu. Manikaran
is a sacred place for the Sikhs. It is
known for its gurudwara located
on the banks of river Parvathi and hot
water springs. We tied handkerchief
to our head as Sikhs do ( It’s a must
to enter gurudwara) and crossed the
bridge. The view of the violent river
underneath the bridge was scar.
Dussehra or Kullu Dussehra is a popular festival celebrated by Hindus all over India, albeit with different names. It is also known as Vijayadashmi ('Vijay' meaning 'victory' and 'Dashmi meaning 'tenth day) as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king,Ravana and won over Lanka, his kingdom.Celebration of Dussehra. In Himachal Pradesh, a week -long fair in the hill town of Kullu is a part of the Dussehra celebrations. From the little temples in the hills, deities are brought in procession to the 'maidan' in Kullu, to pay homage to the reigning deity, Raghunathji. More than one hundred gods and goddesses mounted on colorful palanquins participate in this procession. The ceremony feels as if the doors of heaven have been opened and the gods have come down to the earth to rejoice.These draw large number of people every year. The entire night of Dussehra passes in an enthusiastic and enchanting fair like ambiance and people enjoy every bit of it. After Dussehra, the excitement of the Diwali grips.