My visit to Rewalsar Lake – One of the most beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh,India.

Rewalsar Lake is a mid-altitude lake located on a mountain spur in the Mandi district, 22.5 km south-west from Mandi, in India. Rewalsar Lake is also known as the Tso Pema Lotus Lake.Its elevation is about 1,360 m above sea level. The lake is shaped like a square with the shoreline of about 735 m.

Rewalsar is an important religious places for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike. The natural lake at Rewalsar is famous for its floating reed islands and fishes. Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh shrines exist along the periphery of Lake. Legend has it that the great teacher and scholar Padmasambhava used his enormous powers to take flight to Tibet from Rewalsar. It is believed that tiny islands of floating reed in Rewalser Lake have the spirit of Padamasabhava embodied in it. An imposing statue of Padamsambhava is also built in Rewalsar. At this place Sage Lomas is believed to have performed his penance to appease Lord Shiva. The Gurudwara Shri Rewalsar Sahib is associated with the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji who called upon Pahari Rajas to be united in his fight against Mughals. People of all religion come to Rewalsar for a Holy bath on Baisakhi. There are three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar. It has a Gurudwara that was built in 1930 by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi. There are Hindu temples which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and sage Lomas alongside the lake. Naina Devi Ji Temple: Situated at a distance of 10 Km from Rewalsar, a temple of Naina Mata exist on a hill top. It is believed that eye of Sati fell on the place and a temple of Naina Devi was built on this sacred place. Devotees from all corners of the State visit the temple throughout the year. The place is surrounded by pine trees and presents a panoramic view of Balh & Sarkaghat Valleys. People also love to trek to this place from Rewalsar. On way to Naina Devi temple we come across another lake known as Kunt Bhayo named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. It is said that Arjun created the lake to quench the thrist of his mother. There exist six other lakes of legend locally known as “Sar” in this area. Most of the water in these lakes is collected during the rainy season.

Rewalsar Lake
Front view of Temple
My friend Rahul
The beautiful statue of Padmasambhava on a hill top, a beautiful lake and a colourful town bustling around the lake describes the beautiful Rewalsar.
Giant, 37.5 metre Padmasambhava statue at Drukpa Kagyu Zigar Monastery, Lake Rewalsar, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. The statue of Padmasambhava was completed in 2011 and inaugurated by H.H the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on the 1st of April 2012.
A view of Rewalsar Lake.

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