Sheshnag Lake is an alpine high altitude oligotrophic lake situated at the track leading to Amarnath cave 23 kilometers from Pahalgam in Anantnag district of Kashmir valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at an elevation of 3590 meters. The Sheshnag Lake is the famous lake that all Amartnath Yatris are likely to visit on route to the Amarnath Shrine. It nestles in the higher reaches of the Himalayas in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and situated at an elevation of 12,000 feet above the mean sea level.
The Lake derives its name from the Hindu mythology that considers Sheshnag as the primal being of creation and King of the Nagas, or the serpent God with six heads. Sheshnag Lake is mainly fed by the streams and snow mountains above it and it usually freezes in winter. Along with its scientific importance, the lake has special significance for Hindu followers as well.
Though there are various mythological stories related to the lake but the most commonly believed one is that Sheshnag Lake basically belongs to Sheshnag, the Lord of Snakes, and is said to be dug by the Lord himself. And because of its presence on the route to holy Amarnath Cave, Sheshnag Lake is also a sacred pilgrimage site. Travellers can easily trek this must visit Pahalgam tourist place from Chandanwadi Valley, which is only about 7 miles away.
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