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Places to visit in Renukaji city

Arashurama tal and Renuka temple

At the base of Renuka temple, this large pool is considered to embrace Lord Parashurama, who wished to spend all eternity at his mother's feet. Reportedly built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in early 19th century, the original temple of Renukji is here. Both mother and son are reunited every year at a celebratory fair held in November.

Jamu peak

Directly above the lake is this peak where 'Rishi Jamdagini' 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.

Jataun

5-kms from Renuka is the Giri Hydel Project dam and angling for Mahseer fish may be done.

Mini Zoo

A small zoological park on the banks of the Renuka Lake has a representative collection of the local fauna. Some of the animals that can be spotted over here include Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, 'nilgai', 'mithun', barking deer and Himalayan black bears. Adjoining the zoo, an armoured van enters the large enclosure allowing for a close glimpse of the lions within.

Renuka Lake

Legend has it that when the evil Sahasarjuna killed the sage Jamadagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka, she flung herself into these waters. The gods restored her to life and this lake is regarded by her embodiment. There is a row of temples along its banks, and a track encircles the waters. Facilities for boating on the Renuka Lake are available through the office of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

The Math

The main temple at Renuka, the Math was constructed by the invading Gurkhas in 1814. The temple houses an image of Renuka Devi, Parshuram's mother.

Wildlife Sanctuary

The wildlife sanctuary in the thick forest around the lake is inhabited by a variety of deer and pheasants. The lake also supports a large number of water birds.

The Renuka Lake is regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji, the wife of the sage Jamadagini and the mother of Parshurama - one of the ten `Avatars` of Lord Vishnu. This placid stretch of water 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, whose natural beauty has to be seen to be believed. Here is a perfect year-around destination that beckons every traveller.

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