The dying shore of Sambhar lake

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Hundreds and thousands of birds died within the span of few days at Sambhar Lake. It is considered one of the deadliest and biggest bird tragedy in India. Almost 25 species of bird have been the victim of this tragedy so far. On Thursday, 538 birds were buried and till now more than 5000 birds have buried. The cause of death is not bird flu or anything of that cause according to the Bhopal’s National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD). So what led to such mass deaths?

Till now Jaipur, Nagpur, Ajmer and many other cities of Rajasthan situated near Sambhar Lake has been on the list. The birds are dying due to infection which was further influenced by not getting enough food, pollution and weakness. This increased when the infection spread throughout majority of migratory birds. So far, 17000 birds are reported dead and it is estimated that within the course of next 10 days this toll can rise to 50,000! According to one of the researcher it was speculated that the paralyzing symptoms displayed the birds’ wings was probably caused by Avian Botulism disease, another probable cause of their death. The scenario is tend to get worsen as thousands of birds corpse is lying all around the lake vicinity which can pose a serious health threat not only to birds but also humans. Though the government of Rajasthan is working on cleaning up the corpses.

Do you about Sambhar Lake?

Sambhar Lake is India’s biggest inland salt lake. It is located at Rajasthan, spreading through Jaipur all the way long to Ajmer. The Lake has 5700 square km of catchment area and receives water from five rivers Medtha, Samaod, Mantha, Rupangarh, Khari and Khandel. The lake is the biggest source of Rajasthan’s salt production. It produces 196,000 tons of clean salt every year, which is around 9% of India’s total salt production.

Do you know that Sambhar Lake is recognized as the wetland of international importance? This is because every year thousands of flamingos migrate to the place. During an archaeological excavation project in 1884 many ancient sculptures were uncovered at Sambhar Lake. Few years later, in 1934 on digging more, a search was held which led to the discovery of several of ancient terracotta figurines, pottery, coins, stoneware and other items. Many of these artefacts are now on the display at the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The lake has been attracting many film makers since decades. Aamir khan landing on earth in PK! Yes the scene was indeed shot on Sambhar Lake. Apart from it movies like Jodha Akhbar, Dilli 6, Veer and Drona was also shoot here. The lake also has its mention in one of the Hindu legend- Mahabharata. According to which Raja Yayati, who was the emperor of Bharatvarsh and a descendant of Lord Brahma, married Devyani, the daughter of Shukracharya who lived by the Sambhar Lake.

The seeming beauty of the lake attracts thousands of tourists each year. Locals states that the lake is prettiest on full moon night when the reflection of moon turns the lake into a pool of shimmering silvers. This lake is a wonderful biking spot and the best time to visit the lake is October and November.


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