Mansar Lake is the most fascinating lake situated 62 Kms away from Jammu. It is one of the ancient temples associated with the sanctity and legacy of Mansa Sarovar. There is a shrine of Sheshnaag on the eastern side of the temple, consisting o f legendary snake with six heads. It is believed that if newly wedding couples come here and take three parikarma around the lake, they will definitely get many blessing from Sheshnag and it remove al the sins as well.
Despite being a popular picnic destination, Mansar Lake has the spiritual significance as well. There are two oldest temples situated in the locality of the Mansar Lake are Umapati Mahadev & Narsimha. It is believed that one who takes bath into it; he will surely relieve from all his sins. Certain community’s people visit here to perform Mundan ceremony (First hair cut) of their male children here.
Apart from its religious significance and tradition, the Mansar Lake is also known as a great tourist spot for all its scenic beauty, flora & fauna. The lake has proper walk way with want light, with projected view decks to enjoy flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes of different species. There is a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc. besides other water birds such as Cranes, Ducks etc.
One can also observe the traditional and typical diverse life style of Gujjars wearing ethnic costumes, living in open tents around the hills of Mansar Lake. Every year, a food and crafts festival is organized here by J&K Tourism.