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Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, Manikaran

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Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara is a renowned tourist destination located at Manikaran in the state of Himachal Pradesh. According to a text in the ‘Twarikh Guru Khalsa’ written by Giani Gian Singh, Guru Nanak Dev visited Manikaran with five disciples for the welfare of the place.There Guru Nanak instructed Bhai Mardana, one of his disciples, to collect pulses and flour from residents of Manikaran for ‘langar’ or free community food. Later, Guru Nanak Dev asked him to pick up a stone lying next to where he was sitting.

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From that very spot, a hot water spring started flowing out. This spring can still be seen and its hot water is utilised for preparing ‘langar’. Pilgrims visiting Manikaran take dips in this spring and drink its water. People believe that taking baths in the hot spring helps in the achievement of salvation.Maharishi Ved Vyas, the author of the Mahabharata, had foretold in the ‘Bhavishya Puran’, that after Guru Nanak’s visits, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth of 11 Sikh gurus, and his Panj Piaras or the ‘five beloved ones’, also visited Manikaran.

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