This important pilgrim centre is associated with Parasuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who killed his mother on the orders of his father sage Jamdagni. The annual fair held here in November, celebrates the immortality of Renuka and her son.
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The sacred lake shaped like a sleeping women is one of the most beautiful and the largest lakes of the state. The placid lake with a circumference of 2.5 l, is set amidst thickly wooded hills. A road is built around the lake and number of shrines dots its embankments. Boating facilities are available but fishing is prohibited.
The temple on the left bajk of the Renuka lake is dedicated to Ma Gayatri, the mother of Vedas, the treasure of Hindu wisdom. It enshrines a 1.60 metre high Panch Mukhi Ma Gayatri marble statue, marble idols of Ganapati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Indira.
Parashuram Tal and Renuka Temple
The large pool near the Renuka lake has a shrine of Renukaji. It was built by the invading forces of the Gorkhas in 19thcentury and is said to be the original temple of Renukaji.
Mini Zoo (2km)
It is located across the lake and houses Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, nilgai, barking deer and Himalayan black bears etc.
It cover s an area of about 30 sqkm near the banks of Renuka lake and canbe reached via Dadahu village. The animals seen here are Asiatic lion, black bear, barking deer, goral, jackal and leopard etc.
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Paonta Sahib (81km)
The sacred Sikh pilgrim centre on the banks of river Yamuna is 45km from Nahan and 44km from Dehradun. It is 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. The other legend suggest that Guru Gobind Singh lost his ornament “paonta”, which he wore on his foot while bathing in Yamuna river over here.
Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
The historic gurudwara on the banks of Yamuna River is the site where Guru Gobind Sigh stayed for over four years. The ancient Yamuna Temple is located behind the Gurudwara.