Manimahesh, Chamba (HP), Aug 19 (ANI): Hundreds of devotees are on a pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake in Himachal Pradesh.
On reaching the destination, the pilgrims take a dip in the lake, considered holy and devoted to Lord Shiva.
The annual pilgrimage begins on Janmashtami (birth anniversary of Lord Krishna) and culminates on Radha Ashtami (birth anniversary of Lord Krishna spouse, Radha).
Located in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, the pilgrimage is taken by staunch devotees of Lord Shiva.
The pilgrims trek along a stretch of 13 kilometres before reaching the holy lake. After the holy dip, they turn slightly towards northeast direction where the peak of Kailash is situated and offer their prayers.
Kailash is regarded as the abode of Lord Shiva.
Interestingly, the young and the old alike take part in this pilgrimage, braving all sorts of odds such as the steep and difficult terrain, which at certain places is hostile.
Among the pilgrims, this year was a septuagenarian devotee.
"We are visiting Manimahesh because of devotion. I had faith in my heart that I will reach there that too by walking. Many times on the way I had difficulty in breathing. I am 73-years old," said Satpal Singh, a pilgrim.
Although the pilgrimage is held under the guidance of the State Government, there have been several instances of mishaps.
Eight devotees lost their lives during the last year's pilgrimage. (ANI)