In scriptures, it is stated that Vishnu took Matsya avatar again during end of previous Manu, and there was a pralaya on Earth. If that's the case, from which place did Saptarishis in boat travel? Finally, where did Matsya - fish drop the Saptarishis? Was it from different dimension of existence?

Excerpt of @YDS's answer to What is chronological timeline (in Manvantara and Mahayuga) of Lord Vishnu incarnations?

In the beginning (1st Sata yuga) of 7th Manvantar (Vaivaswata or present Manvantar) of the Svet-Vrah or present kalp. This incarnation of Vishnu saved Vaivaswata from the deluge (Pralaya), who later became 7th Manu and the current Manvantar is named after his name


From which place did Saptarishis in boat travel?

As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 8.24,

One day while Satyavrata, the King of Draviḍadeśa, performing austerities by offering water on the bank of the river Kṛtamālā, a small fish appeared in the water in his palms.

Later the fish became bigger and bigger and Satyavrata came to know that the fish is not the ordinary one. Then, Lord said to him,

When all the three worlds merge into the water, a large boat sent by Me will appear before you. Pulling the boat, with you and all the ṛṣis in it, O King, I shall travel in the water of devastation until the night of Lord Brahmā’s slumber is over.

Purport: This particular devastation actually took place not during the night of Lord Brahmā but during his day, for it was during the time of Cākṣuṣa Manu. Brahmā’s night takes place when Brahmā goes to sleep, but in the daytime there are fourteen Manus, one of whom is Cākṣuṣa Manu. Therefore, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura comments that although it was daytime for Lord Brahmā, Brahmā felt sleepy for a short time by the supreme will of the Lord. This short period is regarded as Lord Brahmā’s night.

Later, on the day of Pralay:

As Satyavrata remembered the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he saw a boat coming near him. Thus he collected herbs and creepers, and, accompanied by saintly brāhmaṇas, he got aboard the boat.

The Fish chapter of Agni Purana also mention about Kritamala river. Presently the Kritamala River is known as the river Bhagai or Vaigai and Dravida desha as South India. So answer is South India.

Where did Matsya - fish drop the Saptarishis?

As per The Fish chapter of Agni Purana

Everything happened as the fish had promised it would. The ocean became turbulent and Manu climbed into the boat. He tied the boat to the huge horn that the fish had. He prayed to the fish and the fish related the Matsya Purana to him. Eventually, when the water receded, the boat was anchored to the topmost peak of the Himalayas. And living beings were created once again.

The wiki on Matsya also says the same,

The fish carries the boat with Manu to the high grounds of the northern mountains (interpreted as Himalayas).

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    Is wiki a good place to refer to? What do our Shastas say on that matter?
    – user9072
    Aug 18 '18 at 13:40
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    @ArkaprabhaMajumdar Updated the answer..
    – YDS
    Aug 18 '18 at 14:10

The place where the fish finally dropped them all is now known as Manali, after Sage Manu, a hill resort in Himachal Pradesh.


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    Do you have source for your answer? @Geetha Feb 27 '19 at 15:13
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    Wiki is not authentic.... Please do cite sources from hindu scriptures....shastras, puranas vedas, upanishads etc.. Feb 28 '19 at 2:40
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    Akshay S - No i do not have such a source. I learnt about this when i visited the Manu Temple during a visit to Manali many years ago. I would say this would be the sthala purana of that temple. I was told that name of the place, Manali, is derived from - Manu Allaya.
    – Sri Janani
    Mar 1 '19 at 17:27
  • Ok fine. But in this site authentic scriptural source is mandatory for answers to avoid speculative discussions because this is just Q and A site not discussion site. Anyhow your answer is okay for this question! Mar 2 '19 at 0:44

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