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Rawalsar Lake


24-km from Mandi is a famous lake, which is equally sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It was from this place that Padmasambhava, a zealous teacher and a missionary left for Tibet to preach the doctrine of "The Enlightened".

According to one legend, this lake was founded when king Arshadhara of Zahor punished saint Padmasambhava and his own daughter. The saint was said to be burnt alive in an isolated place. A smoke cover surrounded the place for about a week.

Being surprised by this unusual event, the king came to the place himself. He was taken aback to find a lake at the location. Realizing his mistake, the king apologized to saint Padmasambhava and married his daughter to him. Since then, Rewalsar Lake has become a religious place for Buddhists. The Hindus too hold this lake sacred based on their own beliefs.

According to another legend, it is believed that Mahayana Buddhism became a steady force in Tibet at Rewalsar due to the enormous power of Padmasambhava, often called by the name of Guru Rimpoche. People believe