Manasarovar lake is the highest fresh water lake in the world. The surface elevation of the lake is 4590 meters above sea level. Lake manasarovar is round in shape with the circumference of 88 kilometers. It is connected nearby lake Rakshastal. The manasarovar over flows into the Rakshastal. Rakshastal was once a part Sutlej river basin, it gradually got separated due tectonic force. Now it is the salt water lake. Manasarovar is connect to the Ganga river basin through 15km long tunnel making the water available to the believers in Indian subcontinent.
The lake has eight different monasteries on it shore forming the wheel of life. The monastery are gradually wear out with time, now only two monasteries survives. The most notable is the Chu monastery built on the steep hill.
According to Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of Lord Brahma after which is manifested on earth. So it is name as Manasarovar in Sanskrit, manasa means mind and sarovaram means lake. The lake is a personification of purity, the one who drink the water will cleansed all his sins and would go to adobe of Lord Shiva after death. Bathing in the lake will also cleansed the sins.
To Buddhist it is believed the the queen Maya has conceive Buddha at Manasarovar lake. The lord Buddha is also said to have meditated at Manasarovar lake on several occasions.
In Jainism Kailash and manasarovar is associated with first Tirthankara Lord shree Rishabhdev. He is said to have attained Nirvana with millions of his disciples.