Manimahesh Lake (also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh) is a high altitude lake (elevation 4,080 meters (13,390 ft)) situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The Manimahesh Lake admired by the people of Himachal Pradesh. It is blessed by the goddess Kali and protected by Lord Shiva. Thousands of tourists journey here to take a dip in its sacred waters of Manimahesh on the fifteenth day following the Janmashtami festival. A huge fair is held every year at this lake in the month of August or September.
Manimahesh Kailash Peak Facts
- As per the legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva has created Manimahesh Kailash after tying the knot with Goddess Parvati. As per the local myth, there is a rock formation in the form of a Shivling on this mountain, which is known as the manifestation of Lord Shiva.
- Moreover, it is also believed that Manimahesh Kailash is unbeatable as no one has so far surmounted it.
- Over the decades, a local tribe tried to climb along with the herd of sheep but he failed and turned into a stone along with his sheep.
- Pilgrims believe that if the Lord wishes then only they can view the peak.
- Manimahesh Kailash has not been successfully summitted by mountaineers and is thus a virgin peak. An attempt to climb the peak in 1968 by an Indo–Japanese team led by Nandini Patel was aborted. This failure is attributed to the divine prowess of the peak since it is revered as the holy mountain of Chamba according to the staunch devotees of the Manimahesh Lake and the peak.