WITH BLESSINGS FROM THE GODDESS
thought that I had seen most of Himachal having been to all regulars like
Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamshala etc when somebody told me about the
unexplored yet easily accessible part of South Himachal including the holy city
of Renuka ji. Situated about 290 km from Delhi the place is named after Renuka
wife of Rishi Jamadagni
and mother of Parsurama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Renuka ji is
one of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal Pradesh having crystal clear water.
It is shaped like a sleeping woman. Renuka was killed by her own son, the
legendary Parsu Ram, in obedience to the orders of his father-the sage Jamadagni
and later brought back to life by the obedient son. After the deed was done,
lake Renuka was formed surrounded by stepped fields of golden corn. Today the
myth is brought to the fore when, each year in November, a fair is held to
celebrate the immortality of Renuka and her son.
We started early in the morning with a load of
four adults and two children, both sexes having equal representation. The route
from Delhi is via NH 1, which can be accessed from Outer Ring Road ahead of
Rohini. The road was excellent and we were soon in the mood seeing vast expanse
of green fields and inviting dhabas, fast leaving the city blues behind us. We
reached Kurukshetra in about two hours and halted for some chai and pakoras from
one of the innumerable dhabas that dot the highway. For Renuka you should turn
from the national highway at Shahbad just before Ambala for Kala Amb, ask the
locals for the better road available. Just 4 km beyond Kala Amb is Suketi, it
has Fossil Park with displays of life size fiberglass model of pre-historic
animals whose fossil, and skeletons were unearthed here. The road to the park
was nonexistent at times and at others gave you a feeling of a dusty desert
safari. The models and age-old fossils of various prehistoric animals will
definitely interest school going children. From Suketi we reached Nahan a quiet
Himachali town with an army cantonment in about 1-˝ hours. Another 45 mins and
we reached our destination, taking just about 6hrs for the whole trip including
one stoppage. We booked into Hotel Devicos at Dadahu, just two km from the lake.
The cool air and beautiful surroundings of green mountains did our appetite no
harm and we had a sumptuous lunch at he resort. The rooms were airy, clean and
spacious and best of the resort was very quiet.
the evening we ventured out to the lake crossing the bridge on the river Giri on
the way, the river was quiet swelled up due to the heavy monsoons this year and
we were told one can go for fishing at spots down hill after getting a license
for it. The lake we found was huge and one can enjoy it by taking a boat ride,
taking a walk along it’s periphery or offering ‘atta’(wheat flour) to
fishes and turtles near the Renuka temple. We could see the fishes jump for
their share as we offered the atta and the turtles craned their neck out to get
it. Around the periphery of the lake open enclosures have been provided for
various animals like neel gai, barking deer etc. but the cake is taken by 30 or
so lions and lionesses kept in an open area which can be viewed from a very
After offerings at the temple we came back and
saw the Parsuram tal adjoining the Renuka lake as folk lore tells us that
Parsuram wanted to spend rest of his life a the foot of
his mother. A fair is held every November to reunite the mother and son.
Soon it was time to say good bye as we reached
back at the hotel and checked out, but we were sure that we were taking with us
the blessings of the Goddess.
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