Sunday, February 28, 2016

Renukaji temple, Himachal Pradesh

Renukaji temple, Himachal Pradesh

The Renuka Lake or Temple (672 m) 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. Shaped like the profile of a woman, the lake has the circumference of 2.5 km and is the largest in Himachal.

Legends about Renuka Temple

There are a number of legends and stories associated with this temple. One of them states that Rishi Jamdagni disappointed with his wife asked his son Parshuram to kill her. Parshuram carried out the Rishi's orders but requested him to grant life to his mother. As per another legend, Sahasarjuna wanted to kidnap Renuka. To save herself, she jumped into this lake and the gods saved her. Since then, this lake became an embodiment of Renuka and is named after her.

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