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Famous Lakes in Mandi

Prashar Lake

This beautiful lake is situated at an altitude of 2730 meters above mean sea level It is around 35 km. from the Mandi town. A three-tiered Pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage of Prashar Rishi A fair is held here in the in the month of June every year

Rewalsar Lake

This lake is situated at an altitude of 1360 meters above sea level and is 24 km. from Mandi town. The lake is also associated with Nag cult or serpent worshipping The lake water is believed to be flowing underground from Rewalsar to ‘Nagchala’

The Hindus believe that it was here that the ‘Lomas Rishi’ held his penance in devotion to lord Shiva. Overwhelmed, Shiva gave the rishi, the seven floating islands in reward. This is a very sacred place.

It is known as floating inland  Rewalsar is known as ‘Padmacan’ which means ‘Lotus Possessing’ and considered the place, where the spiritThere was the ‘Arshadhara’ of Zahor ( tibetian name of Mandi ) his daughter Mandarva, resolved to announce her loyal ties and dedicated herself to the religious order.  The king agreed and she took her bows before a Buddhist scholar named ‘Shantarakshita’

( believed to be the brother of Padmasambhava.) Padmasambhava having observed that she was a dedicated pupil, came through the air from ‘Uddiyana’and appeared in person to give her teachings.A cowherd who saw all this spread the words that he had seen the princes with Charlatan. The news aroused King’s wrath. He thought that his daughter has broken the vow by flirting with a man. On King’s order, the princess was put in a deephole in the earth full of thorns and Padmasambhava was taken out to a secluded place, tied to a wooden pyre which was then set on fire.

      When the smoke did not clearoff for a week, the King visited the spot and found to his surprise that the place had turned into a Lake with Lotus in the centre. Padmasambhava had menifested himself. Repenting king offered him his kingdom and princess Mandarva was married to him. There is a sikh gurudwara built in commemoration guru govind singh visit

 

Sukhsar Lake

Another beautiful lake on the hiltop of Rewalsar town is Sukhsar lake There is a snowfall in the winter here.

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