Manikaran is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs, as well as the largest settlement in the Parvati Valley. According to legend, in this place Parvati, the husband of Lord Shiva, took a bath, leaving earrings (manicar) on the shore. Earrings left unattended stole the universal serpent Shesha-Naga. Shiva was not happy about this snake behavior, he demanded to return the earrings, threatening to perform a dance of the destruction of the universe. Shesha, in anger and annoyance, threw earrings on the rocks from which hot springs were beaten .