Rewalsar Lake – High Altitude Sacred Square Shaped Lake
Rewalsar Lake is a square shaped lake at around 22.5 kilometers south-west of Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh state, India. It is at an altitude of about 1,360 meters above sea level.
Rewalsar Lake is sacred for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. There are a lot of temples, Gurudwaras and monasteries around the lake. Three Hindu temples are there around the lake which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas. Sikh guru (saint) Gobind Singh, the tenth saint in Sikhism, resided here for about one month. Three Buddhist monasteries are situated at Riwalsar.
Padmasambhava or ‘Guru Rinpoche’ hailed from this place,Rewalsar. He is venerated as a ‘Second Buddha‘ by those who believes in Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism is the largest practiced tradition of Buddhism.
Kunt Bhyog is another holy lake at an altitude of 1,750 meters above sea level, above Rewalsar Lake.
How Do I Go to Rewalsar Lake?
Rewalsar Lake is situated at a distance of around 22.5 kilometers south-west of Mandi alias Mandavya Nagar. Mandi is the capital of the district with the same name. Mandi town on the banks of river Beas, is also known as Chhota Kashi (Hindi word Chhota means Small and Kashi is the name of the holiest place for Hindus).
Chandigarh and Pathankot are nearest railway stations on the Broad Gauge line, at 191 and 223 kilometers distance respectively from Mandi town.