Near Nahan, Himachal Pradesh
Houses: The Math, Renuka
Main Attraction: Renuka
fair in Nov, temple.
Famous As: Hindu Pilgrimage
by lush forest supporting a variety of animal and bird
life, Renuka Lake is not only an idyllic holiday
resort but also a revered pilgrim centre. Mythology
has it that the Parshuram Tal, which appears shaped in
the profile of a sleeping lady, was created to mark
the immortality of Renuka, the wife of 'Rishi Jamdagni'.
is believed that Rishi Jamdagni, displeased by his
wife Renuka, instructed his son Parshuram to behead
her. The son obeyed his father's wishes. Pleased at
Parshuram's loyalty, the Rishi granted his son a wish,
and Parshuram asked for the restoration of his mother
The main temple at Renuka, the Math was constructed by
the invading Gurkhas in 1814. The temple houses an
image of Renuka Devi, Parshuram's mother.
small zoological park on the banks of the Renuka Lake
has a representative collection of the local fauna.
Some of the animals that can be spotted over here
include Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed
macaques, 'nilgai', 'mithun', barking deer and
Himalayan black bears. Adjoining the zoo, an armoured
van enters the large enclosure allowing for a close
glimpse of the lions within.
Sanctuary: The wildlife sanctuary in the thick forest
around the lake is inhabited by a variety of deer and
pheasants. The lake also supports a large number of
has it that when the evil Sahasarjuna killed the sage
Jamadagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka, she
flung herself into these waters. The gods restored her
to life and this lake is regarded by her embodiment.
There is a row of temples along its banks, and a track
encircles the waters. Facilities for boating on the
Renuka Lake are available through the office of the
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.
Tal and Renuka temple:
the base of Renuka temple, this large pool is
considered to embrace Lord Parashurama, who wished to
spend all eternity at his mother's feet. Reportedly
built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in
early 19th century, the original temple of Renukji is
here. Both mother and son are reunited every year at a
celebratory fair held in November.
above the lake is this peak where 'Rishi Jamdagini' is
said to have meditated. A footpath leads to this.
There is a small temple and it offers an excellent
view of the lake and surrounding area.
5-kms from Renuka is the Giri Hydel Project dam and
angling for Mahseer fish may be done