Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently visited the sacred Gurudongmar lake located at an altitude of around 17,800 feet in Mangan district, Sikkim. The lake is considered to be one of the highest lakes in India and is held in high esteem by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus. It is named after the revered founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have visited the lake in the 8th century.
Interacting with army personnel and offering prayers
During her visit to the lake, Nirmala Sitharaman interacted with army personnel who are responsible for safeguarding the region. She also offered her prayers to the lake, which holds immense religious significance among the three communities.
A sacred lake in the Great Himalayas
The Gurudongmar lake, situated in the Great Himalayas, is not only known for its religious significance but also for its scenic beauty. The crystal clear water of the lake reflects the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Visitors require permission from the authorities to visit the lake, given its location in a restricted area that is prone to extreme weather conditions.
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