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Nakki Lake

History

Situated in the Aravalli ranges, in Rajasthan, Nakki Lake is a prehistoric holy Lake, as per a Hindu legend. It is known by this name owing to the fact that it was dug out from Nails i.e. Nakh. According to one of the common fables, the lake was dug by Gods to live in it, in order to protect themselves from the Bashkali Rakshas. While another common legend states that Rasiya Balam (a sculpture of Dilwara Jain temple), dug the lake, as the ruler had declared that whoever would dig the lake within one night, would get the princess’ hand in marriage. But later when the queen refused to comply by the dictate of the king, the offer was withdrawn but a temple of Rasiya Balam and Kunwari Kanya i.e. the king's daughter was made behind the Dilwara Jain temple.

Having a length of about half a mile and width of a quarter of a mile and depth of 20 to 30 feet, Nakki Lake even has a dam built towards its west. A significant tourist destination in Mount Abu, there is also the popular Toad Rock on a hill near the lake which too attracts tourist, due to its “toad about to jump into the lake” like shape.

Best time to visit

Monsoon is a good time to visit the Nakki Lake when it is brawling with water and looks gorgeous.

Trivia

Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in this Holy Lake on 12 February 1948, and the Gandhi Ghat was made nearby to pay homage to the great freedom fighter of the nation.

Timing

The lake can be visited anytime of the day.


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