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Rewalsar Lake, Mandi

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Rewalsar Lake, also known as Tso Pema, is a mid-altitude lake located in the mountains of the Mandi district, 22.5 km south-west from Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh, India. Its elevation is about 1,360 m above sea level, with the shoreline of about 735 m. Rewalsar Lake is a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, and sacred to Tibetan Buddhists for the Vajrayana practices of Padmasambhava and Mandarava, which are credited for the lake's creation.

There is a Colossus of Padmasambhava, a shrine to Mandarava, and three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar Lake. The Rewaksar Lake also has three Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas. Another holy lake, Kunt Bhyog which is about 1,750 m above sea level lies above Rewalsar. It is associated with the escape of 'Pandavas' from the burning palace of wax—an episode from the epic Mahabharata.

After practicing with the local Relwasar king's daughter Mandarava, Padmasambhava and Mandarava departed for Nepal, from which Padmasambhava travelled to Tibet. Known to Tibetans as Guru Rinpoche, (the "Precious Master"), Padmasambhava revealed the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. There are islands of floating reed on Rewalsar lake and the spirit of Padmasambhava is said to reside in them. It is also here that the sage Lomas did penance in devotion to Lord Shiva; and, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh (22 December 1666 – 7 October 1708), the tenth Guru of Sikhism, also resided here for one month.

The Sisu fair held in late February/early march, and the festival of Baisakhi are important events at Rewalsar.

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  • don't come to rewalsar . people here have crab mentality. beautiful place but ugly heart people place worth visiting but locals are very toxic you will realise after spending some time here  more »
  • Rewalsar Lake in Mandi is not so attractive but yeah one can go there for fun with family. The overall experience was good.  more »
  • Rewalsar lake is surrounded by the the building and you can see the huge statue in front of the lake. There's Hindu temple also. You can take a round of lake or just watch the fish inside of it. The fish is very big
  • 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. Its elevation is about 1,360 m above sea level. The lake is shaped like a square with the shoreline of about 735 m. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists
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