At Narayan Sarovar, where boys dive in the lake to find pocket money: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 6

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
The lake at Narayan Sarovar

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.

The temple at Narayan Sarovar
The temple at Narayan Sarovar
Boys fishing and diving for coins in the Narayan Sarovar
Boys fishing and diving for coins in the Narayan Sarovar

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.

Scampering up after finding a few coins - he said he is Spiderman! Yes, he has seen the movie.
Scampering up after finding a few coins - he said he is Spiderman! Yes, he has seen the movie.

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!

The dining room at the dharamsala. Pictures in the background are of those who died in the big  earthquake in Bhuj on January 26, 2001. These have been put up by their respective family members.
The dining room at the dharamsala. Pictures in the background are of those who died in the big earthquake in Bhuj on January 26, 2001. These have been put up by their respective family members.

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.

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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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  1. Dear Ajay,
    i doubt about your observation regarding usage of magnet to get the coins out of water.

    Reason: Indian currency coins are mostly made up of ferratic stainless steel or alloys of magnesium, nickle, cupro and aluminium. All these alloys are non-magnetic in nature.

    One more thing: I have seen the same thing happening at Har-ki-Pouri, Haridwar. Small kids, half naked go inside the chilled water to collect the coins dropped by pilgrims. I had seen them using a long stick with something tied on one of the end. And coins were actually getting stuck to it. Their answers were confusing, when i asked them regarding what they were using to attract the coins to their stick.

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