Gurdwara Sri Rewalsar Sahib is located high on the hillside above the lake known as Rawalsar and the town that has grown up around its shores.
Rawalsar (also spelled Rewalsar) is a town in the Mandi district in the State of Himachal Pradesh about about 15-25 km west of Mandi.
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji visited the site once on the occasion of Vaisakhi to meet with Raja Siddh Sen of Mandi and 22 other local hill chiefs to discuss their troubles with Aurangzeb.
Guru Gobind Singh stayed at Rawalsar for a month.
A Gurdwara was constructed here by Sikhs to perpetuate the memory of Guru Sahib's visit here. Adjoining the Gurdwara is a big sarovar, whose water has medicinal value.
It is a sacred place for Buddhists too. Many people from Tibet come here on pilgrimage, to pay homage to Buddhist place of worship situated here.
Rawalsar is a natural lake with floating islands, about 15 kilometers west of Mandi town. The habitation that has grown around it is also named Rawalsar.
It was at the spot where the Gurdwara Sahib is that Raja Siddh Sen of Mandi met Guru Gobind Singh and took him to Mandi. The Gurdwara here is also known as Gurdwara Damdama Sahib. The Gurdwara is located on the hillside at some height from the lake and its dome is visible from a distance.
Rawalsar is particularly sacred to Namdhari Sikhs. Because of some allusion to it in Sau Sakhi as a sanctuary, many Namdharis went to settle there during early 1940s, but as this small hilly place could hardly absorb them, most of them came back; yet many settled at the nearby Mandi town from where they keep visiting the lake and the Gurdwara frequently.
In 1930 Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi built the Gurdwara to commemorate Guru Gobind Singh's visit. It is constructed of stone and one reaches it by climbing 108 stairs. Located at an altitude of 1360 meters above sea level in the Southern Himalayan belt, winters in Rawalsar can be cold, but summers can be very pleasant.
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