Revival Of Khurul Lake In Lhamoidzingkha – A Special Lake Where One’s Wishes ‘Can’ Be Fulfilled
Today, the lake is fast becoming a tourist spot for both Bhutanese and tourists from abroad.
By Namgay Wangchuk | BBS
Five years ago, Khurul Lake in Lhamoidzingkha, Dagana was about to dry up. However, it is now almost filled to the brim with fresh water.
Almost 90 percent of the drying lake has now been revived with restoration works carried out by the Lhamoidzingkha Dungkhag Administration. The lake is located some 10 km away from the town of Lhamoidzingkha.
Despite facing initial resistance from the people, the Dungkhag carried out maintenance works around the lake.
Mysteries surrounding the Khurul Lake
The lake is believed to be hundreds of years old. According to local folklores, oysters were once sighted at the lake, therefore its name is ‘Khurul’ which means ‘Oyster’.
Khurul Lake is located in Lhamoidzingkha, Dagana.
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The folks of Lhamoidzingkha believe that any disturbances around the lake could enrage the residing deity and hence cause natural calamities.
There are many legends surrounding this lake, it was believed that a hunter discovered the lake long ago. Mysterious sightings there frightened him so much that he fled.
Today, the people of Lhamoizingkha visit the peaceful lake frequently to conduct rituals and ceremonies during auspicious occasions. Sometimes, visitors can be seen burning incense and making offerings at the lake.
How the Khurul Lake was ‘revived’
The Drungpa of Lhamoidzingkha, Tashi Gyeltshen said that first of all, walls were built to prevent debris from entering the lake during the monsoon season.
“Secondly, we made a seal below the lake to check the outflow of water from the lake. With such works in the area, we were able to retrieve the lake,” he said.
A resident of Lhamoidzingkha, Dawa Tshering added that the lake was actually in dire straits earlier on, although it was a sacred site.
“But today, with support from both the dungkhag and the people here, the lake is back to its usual form. We are very happy.”
Khurul Lake is becoming a popular tourist spot
The folks of Lhamoidzingkha also believe that it is a wish-fulfilling lake and many of them frequent the lake, in the hope that their desires can be realised. Today, the lake is fast becoming a tourist attraction for both Bhutanese and tourists from abroad.
Jamyang Dorji, a visitor said that the lake had almost dried up five years back when he visited.
“We could walk till the centre of the lake back then. Lots of shrubs also grew on its bed,” he added.
“It is dry season today but still the lake is filled up. It would be even more majestic during the rainy season.”
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.