Top Three Holy Lakes in Tibet - Manasarovar - the Invincible Lake

If you are planning a best Tibet tour, the beautiful lakes in Tibet are the attractions you don’t want to miss. So, today we will continue to talk about “Top Three Holy Lakes in Tibet” – chapter 2 – Manasarovar, the invincible lake.

Manasarovar is located 35 kilometers east of Purang County, Tibet, China. The famous holy Mt. Kailash is on the northern side of it. With its stunning scenery, it’s regarded as “the center of the world” by devotees of Buddhism, Bon, Hindu religion.
Actually, “Manasarovar” are two words from Sanskrit, “Mana” means heart, “Sarovar” means lake. In the legend of Hindu religion, this lake was made from the heart of Braman – the God who created the world. But the Tibetan people always call it “Mapam Lake”, which means “the blue lake which will never be defeated”. This name was according to the religious battle happened during the 11th. Century, when the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism totally beat the foreign evil religion at the lakeside of Manasarovar. To commemorate this significant victory of Buddhism, people named the lake as “Mapam”, the invincible lake forever.

The Monument of Lake Manasarovar in Tibet

The north of the Manasarovar is wider than the south, that’s why the whole lake looks like a pear. With an average altitude of 4500 meters, it is the highest freshwater lake in the world. It’s also the clearest lake in China, the deepest place can be seen by eyes is 14 meters down from the surface. It covers around 412 square kilometers and is the birthplace of the three well-known rivers of Asia - The Ganges, the Indus, and the Brahmaputra river. The water of Manasarovar is supplied by rain mostly. There are many hot springs around Manasarovar, while 8 temples were built along the lakeside.

The Peaceful Manasarovar under the Sunshine

Kora around the lake
Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are the holy places where you can see many pilgrims doing kora every year. One circle of the lake is about 60 kilometers and it takes 4-5 days to complete the kora by following a clockwise direction. And some Hindu devotees will take a shower in the lake because they believe the water was capable of washing away their sins and good for health. Manasarovar was hailed as “the western Jade pool” in the book named “Records of the Western Regions of the Great Tang” which was written by the famous Monk Xuanzang.

The Holy Manasarovar Lake

There is a widespread story of Manasarovar in Tibet. Dated back to the ancient times, there was a small kingdom near Mt. Kailash. One day, the King disguised himself as a common people in order to check how was the life of the civilians. What he saw in many villages was his people were suffering from becoming old, ill, and dead. He asked his ministers when he was back to the palace, “why people could not pass all these miseries?” Nobody could answer it. Finally, a monk told him, it’s just the law of nature. The only way to help them avoid or reduce the pain was to do good deeds with a generous heart.
The King suddenly realized that he was having a really good life in the past times while his people were suffering and it’s time to change. Thus, he built a big house where stored with clothes, money, and food. Those poor people were allowed to live there. When they washed the rice, they always put the water into a low-lying ground. The charity lasted for 12 years until the King died. The water gathered more and more as days passed and finally formed a big lake, which was the origin of Manasarovar.
There is another story from the Hindu religion. Manasarovar was believed as the bath place of Lord Shiva and his wife. That’s why every devotee of Hindu will come to Manasarovar at least once in a life. They do kora around Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, take a bath in the lake, at last, bring one bottle of water back to their hometown. This behavior will help them gain more respect from others.