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Mansar Lake, Jammu
Mansar Lake is a sacred site that is popular among tourists as the legacy of Manasa Sarovar or ‘the personification of purity'. This beautiful lake measures more than a mile in length and half-a-mile in width and is surrounded by lush green forests. A shrine dedicated to the Hindu Snake God, Sheshnag, sits on the banks of the river.
According to local belief, newly wed couples should seek the blessings of Sheshnag by doing three ‘parikrama’ or revolutions around the lake as it brings them good luck. Another belief associated with the lake is that taking a dip in the lake absolves people from their sins. Travellers can also choose to undertake boating at the Mansar Lake.
Apart from the Sheshnag temple, tourists can also visit the Durga Temple, Parvathi Shiva or Umapati Mahadev Temple, and Narasimha Temple located nearby. A wildlife sanctuary is also located in proximity to the Lake.