100,000 devotees take dip in Himachal lake

September 5th, 2011 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Chamba (Himachal Pradesh), Sep 5 (IANS) Over 100,000 devotees, mainly from the plains of north India, took a dip in the glacier-fed holy Manimahesh Lake in Himachal Pradesh Monday and offered prayers to Mount Kailash, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.

With this, the 15-day long Manimahesh pilgrimage in the interiors of Chamba district came to an end.

More than 100,000 devotees took a dip in the lake on Radhashthmi (the birth of Krishna?s consort Radha) Monday. This was the second and the last holy dip, Deputy Commissioner Sharab Negi told IANS.

The first holy dip was held Aug 22 on Janmashtami — celebrated to mark birth of Lord Krishna.

Negi said more than 500,000 pilgrims have undertaken the pilgrimage this time.

Every year, devotees undertake an arduous 14-km trek from the Hadsar base camp, some 65 km from here, to the lake from where they can see Mount Kailash and offer prayers.

It is believed that the devotees can get to see Mount Kailash only if the lord is pleased. When the peak is hidden behind clouds, it is a sign of the lord?s unhappiness.

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