Shiva’s Most Important Shrine (World)
The Mansarovar Lake is a fresh water lake, which lies in the Tibet region of China. To the west of lake Mansarovar is Lake Rakshastal and towards the north is Mount Kailash.
The word ‘Mansarovar’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words ‘Mana’ and ‘Sarovar’. ‘Mana’ means mind and ‘Sarovar’ means lake. According to Puranic legends, the Mansarovar lake was created in the mind of Lord Brahma. Hence, the name Mansarovar. According to the religious Hindu beliefs, this lake is also supposed to be the summer abode of swans. ‘Hansa’(swan) are considered sacred birds. They represent wisdom and beauty. It is also believed that the gods descend to bathe in the lake between 3 and 5 am. This time is known as the Brahma Muhuratha. This place is the abode of Lord Shiva and his divine consort Parvati. It symbolizes the philosophy of Purusha and Prakriti.
Lake Mansarovar symbolizes purity. It is believed that anyone who drinks or bathes in the water of this lake is cleansed of all his sins and goes straight to the abode of Lord Shiva after death.
Lake Mansarovar is a place of pilgrimage attracting people from India, Nepal and Tibet. Hindus not only from the neighboring countries but from U.S.A, England, Indonesia Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore also come here on pilgrimage. The most famous pilgrimage is the Kailash- Mansarovar yatra, which takes place every year in the month of June.The lake is near the sources of the rivers Brahmaputra, Indus, Karnali and Sutlej which makes it even more sacred. This place is of great religious significance for Buddhists and Jains too.