Mansar Lake, largesse from nature

Nature has been too generous, to state precisely, in respect of Jammu and Kashmir in that, we have bounties and boons from times immemorial, bestowed upon us by it, depicting its extreme omnipotence irrespective of whether we feel indebted to the invisible divine donor or not. Indebtedness only the way, we treat such legacies and heritages and how we preserved, maintained and in which condition handed over to the next generations while using and deriving other innumerable benefits from them. One thing which makes most of such symbols of heritage and endowments unique is that not only are they full of tourism potential and a feast to eyes and a feel of immense bliss to the souls of the nature lovers and tourists but they carry with them a connect with spiritualist pursuits and faith related allegiance thus rendering to such places, lakes, rivers, springs, hill tops, mountainous abodes , caves, deep woods, snow capped mountains etc an immense importance from the religious point of view too.
We need not elaborate further as just one example of the international fame bestowing upon the people, the spiritual blessedness, solicitude, motherly altruism and benevolence from the top of the picturesque Trikuta Hills in Jammu , that of Shree Mata Vaishno Devi shrine and the other example of the Holy cave of Shree Amarnath Swami situated at an unimaginable altitude of over 12800 feet in Kashmir valley and reaching where, one had to pass through breath taking, enchanting and captivating scenery of snowy mountains, lakes, glaciers etc, would prove the point. We have , here in Jammu region one such natural bounty in the shape of a lake known as Mansar which is exactly 62 Kms from the winter capital city of Jammu carrying an importance of its peculiar type both from the point of tourism as well as its religious connect. Not only this , Mansar has its fame on account of other reasons like being too deep to be precisely described, symbols around speaking about its historical importance, its wild life sanctuary , its flora and fauna , being ideal for adventure boating as also for getting a feel of a peculiar culture ,and traditional hutments where Gujjar and Bakarwal communities live wearing ethnic costumes etc. It shares the legend and the godliness of Mansarovar lake . A replica of Sheshnagh is there in a shrine on its banks and majority of devotees visit this lake more for seeking spiritual bliss than just for undertaking a pleasure excursion . There are many temples around and on its banks and people on select festive must take a holy dip in its waters thus rendering a degree of divinity to the lake .
This all is known to most of us but the question , however, is as to how many of us take the pains to know its present position in terms of the quality of its waters, its shrunk area , effluents and waste material finding its way into it, the aquatic life etc and how could we preserve and keep it back in its pristine and captivating sheen. We must not only protect and preserve such gifts from mother nature but peep into its surroundings , standing old ramparts of buildings and other dilapidated structures and try to find out varied information and knowledge from historical point of view from them as they “speak” such language clearly to the ones who sincerely seek to know. Students, research scholars and writers could find such places of immense importance .
We have tendencies towards being more materialistic in this era of fast competitions in every field of life but in the process, we forget to have the younger generations acquaint with all about such heritage , develop a love and leaning towards such priceless inheritance , to know more about them through research and how we could save such fading heritage which if we could not save now, would be lost for ever . Details, we hardly need to give but such lakes , springs , rivers, mountains etc are not only important from tourism view point but for academic pursuits, research , culture, architecture and masonry , paintings on walls of the old structures, and how could we fight the neglect and apathy towards preserving symbols of historicity in respect of the Mansar lake. We owe much to such rich heritage to save them from getting depreciated and ultimately extinct.