August 21, 2011

Mantalai Lake - Parvati Janma Bhoomi


Mantalai lake is a small village located near Patnitop hill resort in Jammu and Kashmir state of India. This place is a Hindu legendary site.

Mantalai lake has a small beautiful and old temple for Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva in this temple is named as Aparneswar. Near Aparneswar temple a small pond is located. Even though it is a pond, it is called as Mantalai lake. This is the site where the mother Goddess Parvati was born. Unlike the Ram Janma Bhoomi (Ayodhya) and Krishna Janma Bhoomi (Mathura), the Parvati Janma Bhoomi remains unknown site.

It is also believed that the site where the lake is located now was used as a homa kund for Parvati's marriage with Shiva. As this place has two important mythological events associated - Parvati's birth and Parvati-Shiva marriage, the village is also named after this lake.

The temple is very small and only main shrine. The main shrine has the idol of Parvati as kanya. Another idol of Shiva and Parvati together is found. One more set of idols with Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha are also found. The Shiv Linga Aparneswar idol is the main idol of the temple. There are two Nandi idols facing the shrine. One divine rock (patthar) related to the wedding of Parvati and Shiva is also present in this temple.

A unique place - very secluded - good but small temple - never miss this place.

Happy travelling!


Fast Facts:
Site Name: Mantalai Lake
Site Type: Hindu temple, pilgrimage, holy shrine
Location:  120 kms from Jammu, nearest city is Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir state, India
Highlights: The birthplace of the Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Jammu
How to reach: Reachable by road from Jammu, Katra or Udhampur
Hotel: A lot of hotels are available in Katra, Udhampur and Jammu; 
Restaurants: Good restaurants are available in Katra, Udhampur and Jammu


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