Renuka ji is an important pilgrim centre ,associated with Parasuram,anincarnation of Lord Vishnu,who killed his mother on the orders of his father sage Jamdagni.
The annual fair held here in November, celebrates the immortality of Renuka and her son.
The sacred lake shaped like a sleeping woman is one of the most beautiful andthe largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. The placid lake with a circumference of 2.5 kms. is set amidst thickly wooded hills. A road is built around the lake and number of shrines dot its embarkments. Boating facilities are available but fishing is prohibited.
How to Get There
Renuka ji is connected by road. It is 315 km from Delhi, Nahan is 45 Kms.away. The nearest rail heads are at Ambala (95 km), Dehradun (105 km) and Chandigarh (95 km). The nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun. Taxis/buses are available for Renukaji at all places.
In winter, the climate is pleasant and medium woolens are suggested. Summer temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
Places of Interest in and Around Renukaji
Gayatri Temple The temple on left bank of Renuka Lake is dedicated to Ma Gayatri, The mother of Vedas, The treasure of Hindu wisdom. It enshrines a 1.60 metre high Panch Mukhi Ma Gayatri marble statue, marble idols of Ganapati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Bramha and Lord Indra.
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 offers an excellent view of the lake and surrounding area.
Mini zoo (2km)
You can boat across the lake or drive to this zoo, which has Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, 'nilgai', mithun, barking, deer and Himalayan Blackbears.
Lion Safari (2km)
Adjoining the zoo, an armoured van enters the large enclosure allowing for a close glimpse of the lions within.
The dam of the Giri hydel project is here and angling for Mahaseer (river carp) may be done.
HOTEL IN RENUKA JI
HOTEL RENUKA RENUKAJI
Hotel The Renuka, HPTDC offer this deluxe hotel located at Renukaji, Sirmour (Himachal Pradesh, India). Renukaji is a religious destination visited for the temple and holy lake Renukaji located at 22 kms from Nahan. Hotel is located at bank of the lake offers a panoramic view of the lake and is surrounded by lush green mountains right near the Temple.
The hotel is divided into two wings the colonial style wing and the modern wing.
Significance of Renukaji : The Renuka Lake (660 m) is regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji, the wife of sage Jamadagini and mother of Parshuram, one of the ten Avtars of Lord Vishnu.
The Lake 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.
Access to Renukaji : 315 km from Delhi, Ambala - 95 km, Dehradun - 105 km and Chandigarh - 95 km, Nahan - 22 kms