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Tasik Dayang Bunting or The Lake Of The Pregnant Maiden as it is better known, is the largest lake in Langkawi. Located on the beautiful and wild island of Pualu Dayang Bunting, Tasik Dayang Bunting is believed by the natives to be guarded by a white crocodile that bestows good luck on those entering its waters.
Dayang Bunting Island is believed to have been the scene of a celestial love story. It is here that Mat Teja, sorcerous genie was ensnared by the charms of Mambang Sari, a faerie princess. To win her affection, Mat Teja procured mermaid’s tears and smeared them on his face on the advice of a wise man, Tok Diang. A sweet romance ensued and Mambang Sari was soon with child. However, the ill fated child did not survive the first week of his birth. Distraught at the loss of her son, Mambang Sari entrusted the waters of Tasik Dayang Bunting with the corpse of the child and returned to her celestial abode. The corpse turned into a white crocodile, still resides in the waters and appears to those who are upright and pious, goes the legend.
Mambang Sari, claims the legend, also blessed the lake with divine powers and any childless woman drinking in water from this reservoir shall soon be blessed with progeny. Though this fact is not scientifically proved, many women visit the island only to take a sip of these waters.