ABOUT RENUKA JI:
- Important pilgrim centre is associated with Parasuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
- Annual fair held here in November, celebrates the immortality of Renuka and her son.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Chandigarh Airport, Chandigarh (IXC), 95 kms away from Renuka Ji.
- Rail: Chandigarh Railway Station, Chandigarh, 112 kms away from Renuka Ji and Ambala Railway Station, Ambala, 100 kms away from Renuka Ji.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Renuka Lake Gayatri Temple Parashuram Tal & Renuka Temple Paonta Sahib Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
ATTRACTIONS OF RENUKA JI
- Renuka Lake:
- Sacred lake shaped like a sleeping women.
- One of the most beautiful and the largest lakes of the State.
- Placid lake with a circumference of 2.5 kms is set amidst thickly wooded hills.
- A road is built around the lake and numbers of shrine dot its embankments.
- Boating facilities are available but fishing is prohibited.
- Gayatri Temple:
- Temple on the left bank of the Renuka Lake.
- Dedicated to Ma Gayatri, the mother of Vedas, the treasure of Hindu wisdom.
- Enshrines a 1.60 metres high Panch Mukhi Ma Gayatri marble statue, marble idols of Ganapati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Indra.
- Parashuram Tal & Renuka Temple:
- Large Pool near the Renuka Lake has a shrine of Renuka Ji.
- Built by the invading forces of the Gorkhas in 19th century and is said to be the original temple of Renuka Ji.
- Mini Zoo:
- It is located across the Renuka Lake.
- Houses Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, nilgai, barking deer and Himalayan black bears etc.
- Renuka Sanctuary:
- Covers an area of about 30 sq. kms near the bank of Renuka Lake.
- Animals seen here are Asiatic lion, black bear, barking deer, goral, jackal and leopard etc.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND RENUKA JI
- Paonta Sahib:
- Sacred Sikh pilgrim centre on the banks of river Yamuna is 81 kms from Renuka Ji, 45 kms from Nahan and 44 kms from Dehradun.
- Associated with Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru and the name ’Paonta’ is derived from ‘paon’ or ‘foot’, as Guru Gobind Singh set his foot over here.
- Gurudwara Paonta Sahib:
- Historic Gurudwara on the banks of Yamuna River is the site where Guru Gobind Singh stayed for over four years.
- Ancient Yamuna Temple is located behind the Gurudwara.