Maniharan TunnelSilchar, located on the banks of Barak river or Barak valley has a number of notable people who have brought laurels to this place! These famous people include Arun Kumar Chanda (social worker and writer), Ullaskar Dutta (Indian revolutionary), Santosh Mohan Dev (Parliamentarian), Kabindra Purkayastha (Politician) and Debojit Saha (singer).
You already know about the magnificent tea gardens in and around Silchar with Sindoora tea garden, Koomber tea estate being really picturesque. Have you heard about the popular tunnel in Silchar which attracts thousands of devotees throughout the year? Well, this is the Maniharan tunnel which has become a distinguished pilgrimage spot. It is a large natural cave open having its own spiritual significance.
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Maniharan Tunnel - A peep into the Spiritual World!The Maniharan tunnel is situated 5 kms. from Bhubaneshwar temple. Just beneath this tunnel flows the holy river Tribeni. A temple dedicated to Lord Krishna stands amidst the tunnel premises. Bhuvan hill is 5 kms. from this place while distance from Silchar road to the Maniharan temple is about 3 kms.
Just above the tunnel, there is another small temple with idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Garura and Hanuman. Devotees throng to this temple everyday for prayer.
Festivals celebrated here include Holy festival, Baruni, Diljatra and Shivaratri. The Maniharan temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Maniharan temple is located towards the North of Bhuvaneshwar temple.A fun-fair is also held here on the grounds of the temple during Holi festival - festival of colours, also known as Dol Purnima. During the festival, devotees visit the temple coming all the way from neighbouring districts.
Legend Associated with Maniharan TunnelAny one visiting Silchar must visit Maniharan tunnel. It is believed that this tunnel was used by Lord Krishna himself at one time! He used the tunnel to get to the palace. People visiting this spot also bathe in the holy water of Tribeni and seek the blessings of Lord Krishna.
Other Tourist Spots near Maniharan TunnelOther tourist attractions near Silchar are Narsing Akhra, Khaspur, Sri Sri Kancha Kanti Devi, Bhuban Hill, Haflong (85 kms.) and the Milroy Sanctuary. Asia’s largest mills, the Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd. is another attraction of Silchar.
Best Time to Visit Maniharan TunnelMonths from October to April are considered best for visiting Assam as during these months, the climate is mild and moderate with pleasant and sunny days and cool nights.
Distance from Other Cities
- Guwahati – 330 kms.
- Shillong – 230 kms.
- Aizwal – 140 kms.
- Imphal – 221 kms.
- Agartala – 317 kms.
- Kohima – 366 kms.