Go here for: Pilgrimage, Religious, Hills
Located at a distance of 24 km from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh
, is the town of Rewalsar. Prime attraction of this place is the beautiful Rewalsar Lake known for its legendary tale of great teacher Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) and seven reef islands. From Rewalsar, Guru Rimpoche left for Tibet to spread the message of Lord Buddha. Besides the Rewalsar Lake, temples, a gurudwara and Tibetan monasteries enrich the religious significance of this small town.
As the legend goes, Guru Rimpoche, the tantric teacher who spread the cult of Mahayana Buddhism to Tibet was set afire by the king of Mandi. Pyre of Guru burned for a week giving way to a beautiful lake at the same place later. Guru is said to have emerged from a lotus in the lake as a 16 year old boy. Since then, Rewalsar lake has been a pilgrimage centre and the sight of monks and families by the prayer wheels and monasteries reinforces deeply manifested Buddhist culture of Rewalsar.
Tales of Rewalsar lake finds mention in the epic Mahabharata wherein Pandava brothers are said to have escaped the house of wax “lakshagreha” when it was on fire through a safe passage passing through these lakes. For those visiting Mandi, Rewalsar with its intriguing history and legends calls for a compelling visit.
Tourist Inn run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation is a decent stay option in Rewalsar. The hotel offers 4, 3 and double bed-room options. A dormitory is also available for backpackers and single travellers.
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