Prashar Lake

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Prashar Lake
Parashar Lake
Prashar Lake
Location Mandi district
Coordinates 31°45′15″N 77°06′05″E / 31.75426°N 77.10141°E / 31.75426; 77.10141Coordinates: 31°45′15″N 77°06′05″E / 31.75426°N 77.10141°E / 31.75426; 77.10141
Type Holomictic
Primary inflows Rain water, Glaciel runoff
Primary outflows Evaporation
Basin countries India
Surface area 1Ha
Average depth Unknown
Max. depth Unknown
Surface elevation 2,730 m (8,960 ft)
Islands Yes, floating island
References Himachal Pradesh Tourism Dep.
Prashar Lake in Feb 2014. Ground is covered with snow and the lake is frozen.

Prashar Lake[a] lies 49km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar.


The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas, the lake can be approached via Drang. Prashar lake is protected by a fence so nobody can enter it. There is a round, floating island inside the lake. The floating land moves in all directions in the lake. The floating land covers 29% of area of lake whereas water is with 71%. This is approximate percentage of water and land we have on the earth. [1]

The temple was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.[2]

Mysterious Story[edit]

It is believed that Sage Prashar meditated on the banks of this lake, hence it is named as Prashar Lake. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, had created the lake. The story says, after the Kurukshetra / Mahabharat war, Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag. When they reach this place, Kamrunag loves the tranquil surroundings and decides to live here forever. So, Bheem (the strongest of the lot) rams his elbow on one of the mountains and creates a big dent in the land. This dent became Prashar Lake. [3]

Till now no one has been able to find out the depth of Prashar Lake, neither know how the land inside floats. [4] [5]


  1. ^ Also known as Parashar Lake.


  1. ^ Prashar lake trek
  2. ^ "Temples in the Clouds", film by Jim Mallinson and Chicco Patuzzi, 2008,
  3. ^ Lake
  4. ^ Lake
  5. ^ Prashar lake

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