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Renuka, Himachal Pradesh


The most important place of tourist interest in Sirmaur is the sacred and picturesque lake of Renuka, 45 kms. from Nahan. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal Pradesh having crystal clear water. It is shaped like a sleeping women. Renuka was killed by her own son, the legendary Parsu Ram, in obedience to the orders of his father-the sage Jamadagni. After the deed was done, lake Renuka was formed surrounded by stepped fields of golden corn. Today, each year in November, a fair is held to celebrate the immortality of Renuka and her son. The main features of the colourful fair are the festivity and devotional

Renuka Lake Himachal Pradesh

exuberance. It lasts for a week in which cultural programmes and folk dances are organised for the entertainment of visitors. Several idols of Parsu Ram, believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and other local deities, placed in decorated palanquins, are carried by an impressive procession to Parsu Ram Tal. Before the idols are installed in the temple, they are given a bath in this holy lake symbolising the body of the mother. The poeple from the surroundings areas gather here, chant praises of the two immortals, worship at the temple and take a dip in the holy water. An old ceremony takes place as the celebrants exchange turbans or caps or even a handful of water to become brothers and sister in the name of the deity. On the eve of the festival, markets springs up with stalls and amusements at which locally made wares are peddled together with home grown produce. Boating facilities are available in this lake for the tourists.

Tourist Attractions in Renuka
The other tourist attractions in Renuka are the Wildlife Park, Gayatri Temple, Renuka Sanctuary and Choordhar.

Wildlife Park

Around Renuka lake there is a Wild Life Park which has a number of Sambhar, Chital, Barking Deer and Hog Deer. These animals can be seen from the machans erected at the head of grassy glade early in the morning and late in the evening. Lions can also be seen from a closed jeep.

Gayatri Temple

On the left bank of the Renuka lake there are three Ashrams run by Sadhus. Gayatri temple has a 1.60 meter high Panch Mukhi Ma Gayatri marble statue. Marble idols of Ganpati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Indra have also been installed here. This temple is dedicated to Sri Ma Gayatri, the mother of Vedas, the treasure of Hindu wisdom.


Renuka Sanctuary
Another attraction is the Renuka Wild Life Sanctuary at a distance of 42 kms. from Nahan. The sanctuary covers an area of about 30 square kms. with a buffer belt of 2 square kms. It lies among the lower Himalayan region sheltered by the beautiful Renuka Lake. It is a treat to see the Asiatic Lion. This animal is now provided with a much bigger enclosure to roam around and display its natural behaviour. This sanctuary also has large number of Black Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal and Leopard. Besides, it has a large number of birds and fishes like Parakeet, Barbet, Wild Fowl, Water Hen, Common Coot, Wood Pecker, Kingfisher, Kalij Pheasant, Red Fowl, Sambhar, Spotted Deer and Geese along with other aquatic birds. The people have

Renuka Sanctuary

the privilege of watching the animals from watch towers and mobile vans.


Dominating the entire landscape of fields, forests and ravines is the Choordhar peak, which rises to 3647 meters and is a trekkers treat from Nahan and Renuka. Approached by way of Dadahu, Sangrah, Bhawal, Gandhuri and Nauhra, it is a 50 kms trek. The other way to reach this place is by taxi or car to Nauhra and thereafter a walk of 16 kms. The climb is difficult but rewarding. The peak offers a fine view in south of the Gangetic plains and the Satluj river and towards north of the Badrinath, a well known Hindu pilgrim centre. Also seen are the hills of Chakrata and Shimla from the top. An alternative route to Choordhar is through Rajgarh, an orchard.

How to reach Renuka

By Road

Renukaji is easily approachable by road from Nahan.


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