Rewalsar is now a days one of the famous lakes
of Mandi District. It is known for its being the place of three
religious Sects-Hindus, Bhudhists and Sikhs. All the three relate their
stories to Rewalsar. Hindus claim Rewalsar their's as they say that
Lomas Rishi lived here for his Tapsya (Tap) and gave his name Lomas.
Bhudhists say that there Tantrik Guru Padma Sambhav perform his Tantrik
rituals alongwith Kumari Mandarva, the daughter of some local Ruler and
he burnt alive Kumari and Padam Sambhav both. They say that Padam
Sambhav emerged alive and for this reason they named the place Padamasan.
They also claimed that the floating land (soil) pieces were the
incarnation of Padam Sambhav. Hindus considered the floating land soil
pieces the Pauranik Gods i.e. Shiv-Parwati, Sita-Ram, Krishan-Radha and
Brahma as they numbered seven. But there is not even a single floating
land piece now a days due to the reason that the lake filled with dirt
and filth and land soil etc had to be cleared off more than once. More
over on the name of beautification its natural shape has been changed
many times. Sikhs consider Rewalsar their historical/religious place as
10th Guru Govind Singh organized a political conference of 40 Rulers of
the hilly Princely States and others.
Temple of Lomas Rishi, Gumpas of Bhudhists and a Gurudwara of Sikhs are
in Rewalsar alongwith some other Gods and Goddesses. A huge idol of
Avalokiteshavar (Padam Sambhav) has been built sometimes back on the
Western Hill Side which is one biggest of all others.
Rewalsar is 24 km from District Head Quarter Mandi on way to Hamirpur,
Una, Jalandhar etc. One may come from any sides to Rewalsar from
Chandigarh, Shimla or other places. Its not necessary
to come to Mandi as there are number of places on every main roads
(State and National highways) from where track to Rewalsar can be taken.
If one comes to Rewalsar he may get much more information about
legendary/epic/pauranik stories etc. Baisakhi is the most famous fair of
Rewalsar both of Hindus and Sikhs. Thousands of people take holy bath.
Chheschu is the fair of Budhists at the end of winter.