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Mānasa-sarovara literally means ‘lake that emerged out of Brahmā’s mind or heart’.
 
Mānasa-sarovara literally means ‘lake that emerged out of Brahmā’s mind or heart’.
  
==Significance of Mānasa-sarovara==
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One of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for a devotee is the mount Kailāsa and the lake Mānasa-sarovara. The four-faced Brahmā while doing penance in the Himalayas is said to have created it out of his mind (or heart) and hence it is named so.
One of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for a devotee is the mount Kailāsa and the lake Mānasa-sarovara. The four-faced Brahmā while doing penance in the Himalayas is said to have created it out of his mind (or heart). Hence it is named so.
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==Geographical Significance of Mānasa-sarovara==
 
==Geographical Significance of Mānasa-sarovara==
* It is in Tibet at a distance of 32 kms. (20 miles) from the mount Kailāsa.
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* It is in Tibet at a distance of 32 km (20 miles) from the mount Kailāsa.
 
* Several rivers like the Sindhu (Indus), Sutlej and Brahmaputra originate from here.
 
* Several rivers like the Sindhu (Indus), Sutlej and Brahmaputra originate from here.
 
* Its water is crystal clear and very cold.
 
* Its water is crystal clear and very cold.
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==Worship of Mānasa-sarovara==
 
==Worship of Mānasa-sarovara==
 
* A bath in it is considered to be highly meritorious.
 
* A bath in it is considered to be highly meritorious.
* Its actual circumference is 89 kms. (55 miles). However, the route of circumambulation is 113 kms. (70 miles).  
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* Its actual circumference is 89 km (55 miles). However, the route of circumambulation is 113 km (70 miles).  
 
* Those who visit this lake, often undertake the circumambulation of the mount Kailāsa also, which takes about 2 to 3 days.
 
* Those who visit this lake, often undertake the circumambulation of the mount Kailāsa also, which takes about 2 to 3 days.
 
* There is a twin lake called Rākṣasatāl, where Rāvaṇa is said to have performed tapas (austerity) to please Lord Śiva.
 
* There is a twin lake called Rākṣasatāl, where Rāvaṇa is said to have performed tapas (austerity) to please Lord Śiva.

Revision as of 18:30, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Manasa-sarovara, MAnasa-sarovara, Maanasa-sarovara


Mānasa-sarovara literally means ‘lake that emerged out of Brahmā’s mind or heart’.

One of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for a devotee is the mount Kailāsa and the lake Mānasa-sarovara. The four-faced Brahmā while doing penance in the Himalayas is said to have created it out of his mind (or heart) and hence it is named so.

Geographical Significance of Mānasa-sarovara

  • It is in Tibet at a distance of 32 km (20 miles) from the mount Kailāsa.
  • Several rivers like the Sindhu (Indus), Sutlej and Brahmaputra originate from here.
  • Its water is crystal clear and very cold.
  • It is 90 meters (300 ft.) deep.
  • It abounds in swans and ducks.
  • There are eight maṭhas or monasteries on its banks.
  • Some of the monasteries contain the images of gods like Kālī.
  • It is situated at a height of 4500 meters (15,000 ft.) above the sea-level.

Worship of Mānasa-sarovara

  • A bath in it is considered to be highly meritorious.
  • Its actual circumference is 89 km (55 miles). However, the route of circumambulation is 113 km (70 miles).
  • Those who visit this lake, often undertake the circumambulation of the mount Kailāsa also, which takes about 2 to 3 days.
  • There is a twin lake called Rākṣasatāl, where Rāvaṇa is said to have performed tapas (austerity) to please Lord Śiva.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore