Renukaji Pilgrimage Tour
The Renuka Lake (660m) is regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji, the wife of the sage Jamadagini and the mother of Parshuram one of the ten Avtars of Lord Vishnu. Shaped like the profile of a woman, the lake has the circumference of 2.5 km and is the largest in Himachal. This placid stretch of water is fed by underground springs and the surrounding hills are padded by lush forests that support a large variety of plant and animal life. Boating and trekking are the additional attractions of Renukaji, whose natural beauty has to be seen to be beliveved. This is a perfect year - around destination that beckons every traveler.
In winter, the climate is pleasant and medium woolens are suggested. Summer temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
Places To See :
Renuka Lake :
Legend has it that when the evil Sahasarjuna killed the sage Jamadagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka, She flung herself into the water. The gods restored her to life and this like is regarded to be her embodiment. There is a row of temples along its banks, and a track encircles the waters. Boats are available on hire from the hotel.
Parashurama Tal and Renuka Temple (100m)
At the base of the Renuka lake, this large pool is considered to embrance Lord Parshurama, who ished to spend all eternity at his mother's feet. Reportedly built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in early 19th Centry, the original temple of Renukaji is here. Both mother and son are reunited every year at a celebratory fair held in November.
Jamu Peak (8km)
Above the lake is the peak where Rishi Jamadagini is said to have meditated. A footpath leads to this. There is a small temple and it off ers an excellent view of the lake and surrounding area.
Travel Information :
Road : Renukaji is well connected by road. It is 315 km from Delhi.
Rail : The nearest rail heads are at Ambala (95 km), Dehradun (105 km) and Chandigarh (95 km).
Air : The nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun.