Gangbal is also known as Harmukut Ganga and is an important pilgrim spot for Kashmiri Pandits. Ashes of the dead were immersed in the
Lake by devotees in olden days as part of Tarpan rituals. Gangabal is the name of the Lake and Harmukut is a Mountain.
To reach the sacred lake one has to trek through a steep ladder-like path known as Yamhear meaning Lord Yama's ladder. Lord Yama is the God of Death in Hinduism and this particular name for the path to Harmukh Gangbal symbolically indicates that to reach the lake one has to undertake a tough and dangerous trek.
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"A batch of over 40 Kashmiri pandits today left for ancient Harmukh-gangbal yatra to the sacred lake in Kangan belt of Ganderbal district from here today," chairman of all party migrant coordination committee (APMCC) Vindood Pandit told reporters here.
The traditional three-day-long yatra has been revived as part of efforts to restore historic religious places which are of importance to Kashmiri pandits and preserve their cultural and religious history, he said.