Known as the land of culture, India is known to be filled with beautiful and scenic locations. Along with some of the best holiday destinations, India is also a place of extreme religious beliefs and significance. With numerous temples and amazing architectural history India is also an abode of a lot of hot water springs with medicinal values and great history. These hot water springs are situated in places which have been quite famous as holy destinations. A lot of stories attached to these hot springs make it all the more interesting to know about them. Come on; let us quickly take a tour of some of the hot springs of India.
Located at a distance of 15km from Puttur Bendru Teertha is one of the lesser known wonders of India. This hot water spring is a convergence of the three streams Chelyadka, Byladi and Bettampadi. It is quite surprising to know that this water has traces of sulphur hence; taking a dip in this hot spring can be quite beneficial. Though this place has been listed by the ASI, it is not frequented by a lot of visitors and remains an untouched beauty. This is the only hot water spring of South India and the temperature of the water is at 99 F to 106 F.
Unlike the other volcanic hot water springs Bendru Teertha does not have boiling water. Hence, taking a dip in this water can be quite soothing. The Lukewarm water from this hot spring is known to have been effective in healing allergies related to the skin.
This is one of the places which are known for its religious significance. Located in the serene Parvati Valley, Manikaran is one of the revered pilgrim centers to both the Hindus and Muslims. The hot water spring here narrates a tale of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and his disciple Mardana. It also has a tale of Manu and his divinity of recreating the life again after disastrous floods that occurred in Manikaran. Both of these things make this place a unique and religious one.
Hence, a lot of people come here to seek blessings. The water in this spring is at a temperature of 80 degrees C and is known to contain Sodium, Potassium, and Calcium etc which are rich in medicinal values.
A lot of people come here to relax and rejuvenate because Rajgir in Bihar is known as a health resort because of the natural hot water springs located here. The springs here contain water which is high on medicinal values. You can either take a dip and dunk yourself in the water or just choose to sprinkle some water on your head. However, bathing here is considered to be quite beneficial because of the natural healing properties of the water.
The beauty in captive, Jammu and Kashmir also has a lot of natural hot water springs nestled in her bosom. Panamik is one such village where you can find a hot spring that can relieve you from rheumatism and other problems too. Located close to the Siachen Glacier, this is one of those springs which are visited frequently by the locals. This hot spring is high on sulphur hence; taking a dip here is known to cure a lot of ailments.
Known for its scenic location and also the famous Vishnu temple, Badrinath is one of the most popular pilgrim destinations of India. Every year a lot of devotees across the globe flock to seek blessings from this temple. Before entering the temple premises all the devotees immerse in the Tapt Kund. Taking a holy dip in this hot water spring is known to be sacred because of the belief of the sins being washed away.
According to the Hindu Mythology, Lord Vishnu pleased by the devotion of the Fire God Agni granted him a boon to reside in Badrinath forever and wash away the sins of his devotees in the form of a hot water spring. Also, this hot water spring is known to have a lot of healing properties too.
Well, these are some of the main hot water springs of India. Apart from these, there are several others like Tattapani in Himachal Pradesh and one can visit this place when you are exploring Shimla. Vajreshwari in Maharashtra are also one such hot water springs which is known to have a lot of effects on people suffering from skin related disorders and rheumatism. Atri Hot Spring and Taptapani is a couple of hot springs which are found in Orissa.