Damodar Lake in Nepal – The Greatness of Damodar Kund in Annapurna Range in Himalayas



Damodar Lake is a Holy Lake in Hinduism and the importance of it was narrated by Varaha (boar incarnation or avatar of Vishnu) to Bhu Devi. Vishnu himself created the lake for the benefit of the human beings. The greatness of Damodar Kund is found in the Varaha Purana. It is believed that Sri Krishna as Damodara asked Nalakuvera and Manigriva, the twin trees that were pulled down by baby Krishna using wooden grinding mortar, to take bath in this lake to get rid of all sins and attain Moksha.

Nalakuvera and Manigriva were cursed by Narada to be born as twin Arjuna trees at Vrindavan for ignoring Him. Narada had said to Nalakuvera and Manigriva that they will escape from curse when Krishna will pull them down. After pulling the tree down, Krishna asked them to go to the pond to purifying themselves.

It is narrated by Varaha that human beings can escape from the clutches of the material world by taking bath in the Damodar Lake. One will be liberated from all the sins committed in all the lifetimes if one takes a dip in the holy lake. A person need not fear diseases after taking bath in the lake.

Varaha Purana also states that offering Tarpan and Pinda Daan on the banks of the lake will make the dead ancestors satisfied forever.

Damodar Kund is located at an altitude of more than 4880 meters in Annapurna Range in Himalayas in Nepal. Special pujas are held on the banks of the lake in the Kartik month (also known as Damodar Month) (October – November). Special pujas are also held during the Ashada Purnima (July – August).