The books contain a list of seven great lakes, situated in the Himālaya. They form the sources of the five great rivers and dry up only when four suns appear in the world. These seven lakes are
(A.iv.101; also at J.v.415; SNA.407; DA.i.164; UdA.300; AA.ii.759).
Sometimes (E.g., Vsm.416) Hamsapātana is given in place of Mandākinī.