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Five Holy Lakes in Hinduism

The five holy lakes in Hinduism are spread across India and one is outside India. The five holy lakes are:
  1. Pushkar in Rajasthan
  2. Kailsah Mansarovar in Tibet
  3. Narayan Sarovar in Gujarat
  4. Pampa Sarovar in Hampi
  5. Bindu Sarovar in Sidhpur, Gujarat

Pushkar in Rajasthan

  • The Pushkar Lake is associated with Brahma.
  • Brahma, the creator, in Hinduism performed an yajna here.
  • The lake was formed when a lotus flower fell from the hands of Brahma.
  • The greatness of it is mentioned in the Padma Purana.
  • The lake is mentioned in the Ramayana. Sage Vishwamitra performed austerities here. Bhagavan Sri Ram is believed to have performed the Shradh of his father Dasharata here.
  • An important temple dedicated to Lord Brahma is located here.
  • It is also one among the Pancha Teerth in Hinduism.
  • Taking holy dip here washes away sins of this and previous births.
  • There are 52 ghats and numerous temples around Pushkar Lake.
  • The annual fair here is held from Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi to Purnima. The five days attracts thousands of visitors the lake.

Kailsah Mansarovar in Tibet

  • Manasarovar is located near Kailash, the abode of Shiva. This is makes it holy.
  • The popular belief is that the lake had its origin in the mind of Brahma. Hence the name – mana – sarovar.
  • The popular belief is that Goddess Parvati bathes her daily.
  • The spot near the lake is also a Shaktipeetah. The left of hand of Goddess Sati fell here.

Narayan Sarovar Kutch, Gujarat

  • The lake as the name indicates is associated with Lord Vishnu.
  • Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu had taken bath in the lake.
  • A temple dedicated to Adi Narayan is located here.
  • A mela is organized here for three days starting from Kartik Purnima. The annual ritual is attended by Sadhus, holy men and thousands of devotees.
  • Sindhu River meets sea here.

Pampa Lake near Hampi

  • Pampa Sarovar in Hampi is associated with the Ramayana.
  • The place is believed to be the Kishkindha (kingdom of monkeys) mentioned in the epic.
  • Sabari, the old woman who had the darshan of Sri Ram in Ramayana, is believed to have lived in a cave located here.

Bindu Sarovar in Sidhpur, Gujarat

  • Kardam Rishi performed intense Tapas here for several years.
  • The place is also associated with Parashuram, the sixth avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu.
Parashuram performed the Shradh of his mother Renuka here.