The Buddha temple (Gompa) is supposed to
have come into existence during the eighth century when Padmasambhava Buddha the second
and the originator of Lamaism or the Tantrik cult of Buddhism (Vajrayan) emanated. It is
believed that Padmasambhava selected Mandi for his spiritual exercise.
He came miraculously to this kingdom,
particularly to visit the king's renowned daughter Mandharva, to preach her the teachings
of Buddhism. She was a religious woman. But the heretic king burnt him alive, on the spot
where the present lake, Rewalsar, is existing.
Padmasambhava changed the flame and
converted it into water and outcame a lake, and Padmasambhava sat upon a Lotus stalk in
the midst of the lake. The king then conceded his ignorance and paid homage to
Padmasambhava. The King's daughter Mandharva, who had been put in a deep trench full of
thorns, was taken out and allowed to follow the Preacher's teachings.
Author - P.C. Roy Choudhoury