After a long domestic parliament debate, finally it was decided to visit Renukaji Lake for last weekend.
Nearly 100 km from Chandigarh, Renukaji Lake is the largest natural lake of Himachal Pradesh. Fed by various underground springs in the Shivalik hill of Sirmour, Renukaji lake is shaped in a profile of a reclining woman considering a personification of goddess Renukaji, wife of sage Jamadagini and mother of Lord Parshuram one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
As per legend, Sahasarjuna, an evil spirit, killed sage Jamadagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka. With no escape in sight she flung into the waters of lake. The gods resorted her to life and lake began to be regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji.
The lake in the valley is surrounded by dense forest and a mini wild life sanctuary including a lion safari. The tourism and forest department has maintained the place well and has given a motorable road to encircle lake for spiritual purpose or for close glimpse of wild life and thick forest. The tourism hotel just at the bank of lake is a fantastic place to admire the view and relax from daily jhick chick.
The lake is deep, large and filled with uncountable fishes and tortoises. One end of the lake is covered with thousands of Lotus flowers giving impression of heavenly place. I really missed my long pending desire of owning a Sony H5 SLR and had to satisfy with my four years old poor 2.1 MP digi cam. Here are few shots.
View of Lake from left bank.
View from right bank.
Thousands of Pink Lotus flowers resting on the water.
Lord Parshuram Temple.
Traditional 'Nagara' at temple.
Having lunch without any fear.
A fruit called 'Khajoor' on the tree.
The banana tree on the way to lake.