Mansar Lake, in Samba District, is situated 62 km from winter capital Jammu and 36 kms from Udhampur City. Having length more than a mile and width half-a-mile, the lake looks very beautiful surrounded by greenery.
Mansar lake shares the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. Mansar lake is considered to be the abode of Sheshnag, a Hindu Serpent God.
It is believed that it is auspicious for newly wed couples to seek blessings of Sheshnag by performing three Parikarma around the lake.
Certain communities of Hindus perform the Mundan ceremony over here.
The history of Mansar and Surinsar goes back to the time of Mahabharata. Babar Vahan, son of Arjuna and Ulpi (daughter of king Nag), was ruling this area during Mahabharata.
As the Mahabharata war ended, Arjuna performed “Ashwamegh Yagya” to prove his superiority over the land. The horse was captured by Babar Vahan at village ‘Khoon’ (on Udhampur-Battal Road )where Arjuna was killed by Babar Vahan. With joy of victory, Babar vahan presented the head of Arjuna to his mother Ulpi. She told him that he had killed his father and to give his father (Arjun) a life again, a mani from Sheshnag was required. Hence Babar Vahan made an Underpass(Surang) by his arrow and formed ‘Surangsar’ which is now named as ‘Surinsar’. After defeating Sheshnag and capturing mani, Babar vahan came out at ‘Manisar’ now known by the name ‘Mansar’.
Apart from its religious importance and heritage, the Mansar Lake is also picking up as a great tourist spot for all its scenic beauty, flora & fauna.
The lake has proper walk way all around with required illumination, with projected view decks to enjoy flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes.
There is also a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc.
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