Cannot ignore Narayan Sarovar despite it being pipped to the post by neighbour Koteshwar. For Hindus, it ranks as one the important pilgrimage places.
The lake at Narayan Sarovar is regarded by Hindus as one the five holiest ones including those at Mansarovar (Tibet), Pampa (Karnataka), Bhuvaneshwar (Orissa) and Pushkar (Rajasthan).
Legend goes that a drought hit the region, and Narayan (a form of Lord Vishnu) responded to fervent prayers of his devotees; a lake was formed where he touched his toe.
Spotted a bunch of boys diving into the lake every few minutes.What were they doing? Fishing for coins thrown in by devotees. Yes, Hindus do so as a form of holy offering.
They were also casting a ‘fishing line’ in the form of a magnet at the end of the string – coins get stuck to this! An ingenious way to earn pocket money. Blessed by the Gods!
Lunch was attempted at the dharamsala – a place to stay at nominal cost. Lunch is free, but you can donate what you like. Only if you wish to. Just tried some halwa, a sweetened dough made of flour, sugar and oil. Made a donation for the good work.
On the way out, was treated to the sights of flamingoes, pelicans and other birds in the lake. The day had been good so far. Off to Lakhpat now.
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