Talwara Lake

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Talwara Lake (Hindi: तलवारा झील, talwara jheel) is a small seasonal lake that forms in a depression along the course of the Ghaggar-Hakra River in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan state of India.[1] In his invasion of India in 1398-99 CE, Timur encamped at the banks of this lake after overpowering Bhatnair Fort in modern-day Hanumangarh.[1] Talwara lake is claimed to be the only lake in the arid landscape of Hanumangarh district.[2] The lake forms only for a few months every year during the annual flooding of the Ghaggar-Hakra river in the monsoon season.[2] It is downstream of the Ottu barrage and reservoir (located in the Sirsa district of Haryana).

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  1. ^ a b History of Sirsa Town, Atlantic Publishers & Distri, "... Amir Timur, the king of Samarkand, launched a fierce attack ... overpowered the fort Bhatnair ... first halt was at a place called Kinar-e-Hauz (bank of a tank or lake) which is now known as Talwara Lake on the way between Bhatnair and Firozabad. The assumption of some persons that Timur had relaxed on the bank of Ottu lake is not logical ..." 
  2. ^ a b Government of India, Rajasthan [district Gazetteers]: Ganganagar, Printed at Govternment Central Press, 1972, "... No natural lakes and tanks exist in the district except one artificial lake known as Talwara Jhil. It has come into being by formation of a depression in the bed of river Ghaggar where water stands accumulated. It lies in Hanumangarh tehsil and is of a small size. No irrigation is possible from it as water is retained only for a few months ..."