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Renuka Lake, Nahan Overview

Located just 38 kilometres away from Nahan, the Renuka Lake is the perfect place to visit for people who are into nature and the solace it offers. Unlike other lakes in the area that is famous for their pristine beauty and surroundings, the Renuka Lake is renowned for its cultural history. Not only is this the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh regarding area (the lake covers a circumference of about 3214 meters); this fantastic water body is shaped in the form of a reclining woman, and hence is considered to be a personification of the Goddess Renuka. Other than its cultural and religious significance, the lake also offers breathtaking views to visitors who reach the ridge of the lake after passing through dense alpine forests.

Located in the Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh, the Renuka Lake is at an elevation of 672 metres above the sea level. The lake houses many fishes and other aquatic beings. Boating facilities are also available at the lake, and the entire boating experience heightens the joy and fun of being at the lake. Another lake which is dedicated to Lord Parshuram, the son of Goddess Renuka, is also present in the vicinity of the Renuka Lake.

Tourists also get to visit some temples while at the Renuka Lake, and this fact primarily appeals to the religious and devoted people, who get one more reason to plan a trip to the serene and beautiful lake. All in all, the Renuka Lake is the perfect holiday destination that can be visited all year around and beckons nature lovers and pious people from all across the nation.

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Religious Significance of Renuka Lake

It is widely believed that the Renuka Lake is an embodiment of Goddess Renuka, the mother of Lord Parshuram, who is considered to be one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, and the wife of the sage Jamadagini. Residents often narrate the story that is associated with the Renuka Lake.

According to legends, a malevolent evil known by the name of Sahasarjuna killed the sage Jamadagini and then attempted to abduct his wife, Goddess Renuka. Renuka threw herself into this lake to save herself from the wicked Jamadagini. Despite numerous attempts by many Gods and Goddesses to bring her out of the lake, Goddess Renuka decided to stay in the lake forever. After Goddess Renuka passed away, the Renuka Lake was formed.

Things To Do at Renuka Lake

The Renuka Lake is the ideal place to relax and simply enjoy in the glory of nature and her bountiful gifts. There are many options that you can choose from while at the Renuka Lake to ensure that your excursion is a fun-filled experience.

1. The most apparent activity here is to take a walk around the lake and have a look at the slopes that are covered with a variety of vegetation and thick woods.
2. You can enjoy exciting activities like boating and lion safari at the Renuka Lake.
3. A famous temple which is dedicated to Lord Renuka is located near the lake. According to popular legends, the entire temple was constructed overnight in the eighteenth century!
4. The famous Parshu Ram Tal is just a two-minute drive from the Renuka Lake. According to the Puranas, the Renuka Teerth is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Parshuram. The Parshu Ram Tal is a spectacular site that is surrounded by hills on all sides and is home to a lot of fishes and a few turtles.
5. While at the Renuka Lake, do not forget to explore the famous nearby attractions. The Jamu Peak, 8 kilometres away from the Renuka Lake, offers excellent views of the lake from the top and the famous Jataun Dam is located just 5 kilometres away. A mini zoo is also located at a distance of 2 kilometres from the lake and offers glimpses of animals like Nilgai, Asiatic lions, and Himalayan black bears.

Renuka Fair at Renuka Lake

The immortality of Goddess Renuka is celebrated at the Renuka Lake with great zeal and fervour even after all these years. After the festival of Diwali, in October or November, a fair is held on the bank of this lake. Saints from all across the nation visit the Renuka Lake especially during this fair to be a partaker in witnessing the holy assembly of the mother and son. A grand procession to the Parshu Ram Tal, a lake which is situated near the lake and is dedicated to Lord Parshuram, is organised at this time, wherein several idols of Lord Parshuram, as well as other deities, are carried in decorated palanquins. These idols are given a bath in the holy lake and are then meant to be stationed at the temple.

Best Time To Visit Renuka Lake

The best time to visit the Renuka Lake is from April to June and September to November.

Stay Near Renuka Lake

There are a few hotels that you can choose from to stay at when you visit the Renuka Lake. The most famous option is the HPTDC Hotel, which even though is not a very well maintained property, offers beautiful panoramic views of the nearby environs.

You can also choose from Writer's Hill Resort, which is 8 kilometres away from the Renuka Lake, or the Ekant Guest House or Stella Inn Devicos. Other hotels and guest houses in the area include the PWD Guest House and the Gurudwara Dashmesh Asthan.

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Ishita Solanki 11 months ago
Renuka Lake is the perfect place for a day in the lap of nature. There is a set path around the lake. Walking along it was really satisfying, given the amount of flora and fauna all around. The air seemed extraordinarily fresh all around. At some places, there were sadhu-sants sitting and meditating, while some were narrating stories about the lake. The walk around the lake was a long one, but at the end of it, I was filled with vigour instead of being tired. This place is highly recommended for nature lovers.

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