Rewalsar Lake – Dedicated to sage Loama

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The Rewalsar is Religious places. Rewalsar has three temple which is dedicated to sage Loama, Lord Shiva and Krishna. There are two Tibetan monasteries in front of lake. There is a gurudwara which is built by Raja Joginder Sen.

 

Rewalsar is an important religious site for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. The natural lake of Rewalsar is famous for its floating reed islands and fishes. It is believed that the small islands of reed floating in Rewalsar Lake embody the spirit of Padmasambhava. A statue of Padmasambhava is also made in Rewalsar. It is believed that Sage Lomas performed his penance at this place to please Lord Shiva. The Gurudwara Sri Rewalsar Sahib is associated with the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who called for the hill kings to unite in their fight against the Mughals. There is a small zoo in Rewalsar. Guru Gobind Singh is also known to have resided in Rewalsar for about a month and the gurudwara was constructed in his honour. Padmasmabhava

Background

Rewalsar Lake is situated 24 km from Mandi. The blest lake of Rewalsar is revered by Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs. The lake is shaped like a square with a shoreline of 735 m. The pages of history show that the king of Mandi tried to kill Guru Padmasambhava. As when the  king came to know about his daughter and  guru, that they were about to run away, the king tried to kill him in the fire, while cursing his daughter and  tried to break their bond. However, Padmasambhava transformed the funeral pyre into a lake of sesame oil, using his supernatural powers. Lake was surrounded by a ring of fire. There is a beautiful gurudwara at Rewalsar Lake, which was built by King Joginder Sen of Mandi in 1930 to honor Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s 1738 Rewalsar Yatra. This gurudwara is known by the name of Guru Gobind Singh. In addition, next to the lake, there are three temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and sage Lomas. Three Buddhist monasteries also exist in Rewalsar. These religious buildings located around the lake here give this place a completely different aura and spiritual significance.

Attractions at Rewalsar Lake

The major attraction found in Rewalsar Lake is the statue of Guru Rinpoche, a powerful tall structure. It is the second largest statue in the entire country. Himachal Pradesh has the largest figure with a height of 123 m. It has a height of about 4,000 feet above sea level. Guru Rinpoche is also known as the second Buddha, and was instrumental in the promotion and propagation of Buddhism in Tibet and Bhutan.

Stay near Rewalsar Lake

If you are traveling from far away and are looking for accommodation to stay, a Sikh Gurudwara near Rewalsar Lake is built which is a good option for a stay. Here, there are three monasteries in which also one can get rooms on rent at a good price

Festivals celebrated in Rewalsar

The festival of Baisakhi in Rewalsar is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal at Lake Rewalsar. Annually, a large fair known as the Sisu fair is also held here in late February or early March, attracting a large number of locals as well as tourists.

Religious and spiritual significance of Rewalsar

The Rewalsar lake is considered a common place for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, and has three Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna and the sage Lomus respectively; Also, there are three other Buddhist monasteries here. The sacred lake, Kunt Bhog, which is situated at an altitude of 1,750 meters above sea level, is situated above Rewalsar Lake and is also a famous tourist attraction. The Tibetan lake is called ‘Tso-Pema’, which means Lotus Lake. The lake has a 12 meter high statue of Padmasambhava, which is the main attraction of this place. Therefore, this place is given as much spiritual and religious importance as it is given to natural and ancient beauty.

How to access

By Air:The nearest airport from Rewalsar is Bhuntar, which is around 63 km from the town of Mandi. By Train: Train is also a perfect way to visit Rewalsar . Joginder Nagar railway station is the nearest railway station to reach Rewalsar Lake. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to reach Rewalsar Lake. By Bus: Taxis and buses are available from Mandi. Rewalsar is located about 22 km from Mandi. It is well connected to all major parts of the state and country by road. Either you can take bus or you can reach Rewalsar by car.

Climate

The best time to visit Rewalsar Lake is between March and October. The winters  are very cold. Heavy woolens clothes are recommended.  

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