Top Facts About the Lonar Crater

The Lonar lake was Formed around 52,000 years ago as a result of a meteor striking at the surface of the earth, the meteor weighed 2 million tons and was traveling at an estimated speed of 90,000 mph. this is a scientific and astronomical site but humans always find out the way to relate it to religious things. So, there is also a mythological story of Lonar Lake and people easily ignore science and go on to state that Lonar Lake was formed when Lonasura, a mythical demon who used to harass and trouble local people so that Lord Vishnu come down to earth to vanquish him, was pushed back into the netherworld with tremendous force by Vishnu.

Most tourists come to Aurangabad to visit the Ajanta and Ellora caves, but some hardly make it to Lonar Crater. So, there are five 5 facts and reasons why you should visit Lonar lake at least once.

Lonar Crater

1. The Lonar crater is the best-preserved impact crater formed in basalt rock and is the only one-of-its-kind on earth, and meteors that hit on the earth at that time anywhere from 30,000 to 1,50000 each year so one of them hits must have hit the surface which made it the earth’s largest and only hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock.

2. Also, the second reason is, Lonar lake is the home of many species of birds black-winged stilts, brahminy ducks, Shelduck, blue jays, baya weavers, hoopoes, red-wattled lapwings, barn owls, golden oriole, tailorbirds, larks, parakeet, and peafowl, spotted at the Lonar Crater.

3. The Lonar lake has unexceptional biodiversity. Along with migratory birds, it is also the home of bats, langur, gazelle, mongoose, barking deer, and chinkara also inhabit the surrounding jungle spread with teak trees. A belt of large trees, about a mile broad, runs all around the Lonar Lake making rings of tamarind and babul trees.

4. The temples presented at the Lonar lake, called the Lonar crater temples to include the Ram Gaya temple, the Kamalja Devi temple, and the Shankar Ganesha temple that is partially submerged all located near the Lonar lake. One of the most visited temples is situated in the heart of Lonar town the Daitya Sudan temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who was the slayer of the demon Lonasura.

5. This is the thing for adventure lovers, who might seek adventures at Lonar Lake, there is also a trek involves covering the 6km perimeter of Lonar Lake. There are multiple starting points to the trek which add a charm to your journey.

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