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Aastha Negi
Mar, 07-2018

Lake Manasarovar is culmination of Holy Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, making a round of Lake Manasarovar and bath at the lake is believed to abstain one from his sins of 100 years according to Hindu religious beliefs. However, there is more information is associated with Lake Manasarovar around its place of location as well as its existence. At the location of the lake at South of Mount Kailash there are two lakes Manasarovar (Mapam Yumtso) and Rakshas Tal (Lhanag Tso). They are known to be the highest bodies of fresh water in the world. Lake Manasarovar is situated at the height of 4558 meters just 15 meters above Rakshas Tal connected with a channel named “Ganga Chu”. Both lakes are situated around 10 kilometres apart.

It is said that when two golden fishes living in Manasarovar Lake start fighting between them, the one that was losing the battle started running towards Rakshas Tal by digging the ground and thus was Ganga Chu channel was formed. This channel also turned the salty water of Rakshas Tal to be the sweet one. Among the two lakes, Lake Mansarovar is considered to worth more venerated in Hinduism and Budhism. Hindu Believe lake to a mental image first evolved in the brain of Lord Brahma whereas in Buddhism at this take Queen Maya the mother of Lord Buddha took bath before giving birth to him.

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