Manikaran is in the Parvati Valley along the banks of river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is locate about 40 km from Bhuntar. This small town attracts tourists visit Manali and Kullu, its hot springs and piligrim centres. An experimental Geothermal Energy plant has also been set up here.
It is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many Temples and a Gurudwara. There are temples of Lord Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well-known for its natural hot-water springs and its beautiful landscape.
According to a legend, when Lord Shiva and his wife were walking in valley, Parvati dropped one earring. The jewel was seize by Shesha-Nag, the serpent deity, who then disappear into the earth with it. Shesha-Nag only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the “Tandava” and shot jewel through the water. it is believe that jewels continue to be throw up in the water at Manikaran until the earthquake of 1905.