Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple

Tripoto
9th Jun 2017

Manasbal Lake

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal
Day 5

Our last day was supposed to be more relaxed and slower paced then first one.

We were actually supposed to visit Doodhpatri on our last day but there was a sudden change in plans To Manasbal lake and Kheer Bhawani Temple

Manasbal lake

Photo of Gulmarg by Saloni Goyal

One of the most exotic lakes in Kashmir.

The largest lake in Kashmir ,considered as the "supreme gem of all Kashmir lakes" with lotus nowhere more abundant or beautiful than on the margins of this lake.

With The local myth that it is bottomless ,it is named after the sacred lake of Mansarovar.

How to reach:-

Located 30 km from Srinagar on the road to Wular Lake. Situated in the Jhelum Valley, it can be reached via Shadipur or via Naseem or Ganderbal (we chose this one).

It is surrounded by three villages - Kondabal and Ganderbal and Jarokbal. The time you're just 2 minutes away from lake, you don't find a single trace of it, but a sudden veer on to a picturesque road brings to you a whole large lake, when your eyes couldn't reach upto to it's end.

What to see:-

it was beautiful too

Photo of Manasbal Lake by Saloni Goyal

It is a good place for bird watching as it is one of the largest natural haunts of Aquatic birds in Kashmir.

It is considered as the deepest lake in India.

In summers it is covered by Lotus flowers and in winters it is a bird watchers Paradise.

lotus

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

Important vegetation in the catchment of the lake comprise Orchards (apple, mulberry), some Platanus (Chinar trees) and Salix trees. Safar, a nearby village of Safapur which has a grove of Chinar trees, is known as Badshah Boni, royal Chinar.

lake had many different trees

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

Chinar trees

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

Ancient Hindu temple :- Built in a traditional architectural style of ancient Kashmir near the east Western show of the Lake.

Hindu temple

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

The Mughal Garden:- called as Jharokha built by Noor Jahan overlooks the lake. Jharokha means Bay window due to its view out over the lake.

mughal garden

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

view of lake from Jharokha

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

Condition at present:-

It's a saying that " Everything which is far away looks beautiful "

Same is in this case.

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

eutrophication

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

The lake is choked with submerged weeds particularly during summer which is a peak tourist season.

The deep water layers become anoxic , giving out a strong dirty odour. There is extensive eutrophication and pollution has also taken place due to lack of wastewater treatment plants.

Apart from all ,

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes Walk Alone

It's a perfect place to take long walks in lap of nature.

Kheer Bhawani Temple

kheer bhawani temple

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

The name itself is so appealing.

Kheer Bhawani is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kheer Bhawani.

It is the most important temples for Kashmiri pandits. The term kheer refers to rice pudding that is offered in the spring to propitiate the Goddess, which became part of the name of the temple.

How to reach :-

The temple is situated at a distance of 14 miles east of Srinagar near the village of Tul Mul. But tul mul is also derived from the Sanskrit word atulya mulya meaning great value.

The Temple:-

Around the temple is an area covered with smooth and beautiful stones. In it are large, old-growth chinar trees beneath which the pilgrims sit or sleep on mats of grass.

spring had an appealing blue colour.

Photo of Kheer Bhawani Temple, Tulmulla by Saloni Goyal

A unique septagonal spring dedicated to Goddess Kheir Bhawani flows from west(sheer or head section) to the east(padhor feet). The holy spring is known to change its colour with various hues of red, pink, orange, green, blue, white, etc.

changing colors of spring

Photo of Manasbal lake | Kheer Bhawani temple by Saloni Goyal

When black or darkish, it is believed to be an indication of inauspicious times for Kashmir.

Temples are more than stones and mortar.

They are filled with faith and fasting.

They are sanctified by sacrifice and service..

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