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In the Mandi district, of Himachal Pradesh lies this beautiful and exotic lake called Kamrunag Lake. The lake is surrounded by the valleys of Dhauladhar Range and the valleys of Balh. The lake is named Kamrunag after the historical idol of Dev Kamrunag. Local people believe that Dev Kamrunag appears every year in June during the time of the big fair to give his blessings to his devotees. It is a popular tourist destination as people from all over the world visit this lake and offer gold and silver coins. People consider this lake holy and a chest of treasure. It is believed that the lake contains some sort of treasure which is preserved by its guardians. The beauty and mystery of the lake will intrigue you and will surely be the perfect destination for you.

About The Kamrunag Lake

Splendid Lake Amid Green Forests

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Dev Kamrunag’s other name is Ratan Yaksha. Ratan Yaksha was the son of Ghatotkacha. Ratan Yaksha wanted to take part in the war and fight by being a part of The Kauravas. Lord Krishna knew that The Kauravas would lose the war. He tested Ratan Yaksha and further asked for his head. Ratan Yaksha agreed to give his head on the condition of watching the war of Mahabharata. Ratan Yaksha was blessed to be worshipped as Khatu Shyam and his body as Kamru.

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Activities Around The Kamrunag  Lake

Fishing is an activity that you can try

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This lake provides several activities you can do if you plan to spend some time by the lake. Here is what you can do:

Camping Around Kamrunag Lake

Kamrunag Lake is a popular camping destination. People in large groups stay in the camps near the lake. Proper camping facilities are provided. Tranquillity, serenity, and joy are experienced in the middle of the mesmerizing beauty of the campsites. Schools and colleges also organise camping trips for the students and Kamrunag is a preferred destination.

Trekking- A Popular Activity

Trekking is quite famous around the trails of Kamrunag Lake. Numerous trails head off to almost nowhere and offer beautiful sights and views of Kamrung Lake. The area surrounding Kamrunag Lake is perfect for trekking as it provides a panoramic view to the trekkers.

Fishing In The Lake Of Kamrunag

If you are a fishing enthusiast, then we have the most feasible place for you: Kamrunag Lake. The Lake is home to a plethora of fish and other aquatic life. People can enjoy the calm activity of fishing in the deep blue water of Kamrunag Lake. Fishing equipment can either be purchased or rented at the person’s convenience.

Nearby Places That You Can Visit

One can decipher the region’s rich culture from the temples near Kamrunag. Various shrines and temples have been present in the region for centuries. One can gather knowledge and learn about the conventional practices and traditions of the place by visiting such religious places in Kamrunag. The temples are well known for their antiquity and the intelligent designs of their buildings. Apart from temples, there are other places to visit. Here is a list of places to visit:

Bada Dev Temple

Place Where Dev Kamrunag Resides

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Bada Dev Temple is the temple dedicated to the ‘Lord Of The Rains’. It is said that Kamrunag Dev resides in the temple. The temple is covered with forests on all sides. The location of the temple is beautiful as it is situated on the peak of the hills of Kamru. People of Mandi hold these temples in high esteem and have full faith in the powers of Dev Kamrunag. Many offerings are made including gold and silver coins, flowers, currency, etc. Entire villages congregate around this temple during the main temple festivals for religious and traditional festivities.

Best Time to Visit: June
Distance from the lake: 6 km approx

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Shikari Devi Sanctuary

Intoxicating Landscapes Of The Shikari Devi Sanctuary

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Shikari Devi Sanctuary is situated in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. It is just 16Kms from the Kamrunag Lake. The place is a must-visit for wildlife lovers and photographers. The vegetation of the Sanctuary is quite diverse as trees like Barn Oak, Deciduous trees, Coniferous Trees, and Upper Oak are found here. Glimpses of a wide variety of animals are also caught. Black Bear, Monal, Goral, Musk Deer, etc are quite prominent in the Sanctuary. Shikari Devi Sanctuary is also visited frequently because of the presence of the Shikari Devi Temple in the middle of the Sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: August and October
Distance from the lake: 13 km

Jalpa Mata Temple

 diya at the Divine Temple Of Jalpa Mata

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Himachal Pradesh is known as ‘The Place Of Gods And Goddess’. Another such spiritual place is that of Jalpa Mata Temple. The temple is known for its wooden work. It is located at the peak of Saroa. Saroa is a beautiful place covered with apple orchards. The temple must be visited along with the visit to the mysterious Kamrunag Temple. One can visit the temple anytime as it is open throughout the day. The entire Jalpa Mata temple has been made of wood, and architecturally, it is a true marvel.

Best Time to Visit: Any day of the year
Distance from the lake: 6.7 km

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Pleasant Landscape of Barot

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Barot is a village in the district of Mandi. It is situated at an altitude of 1835 meters on the bank of river Uhl. Barot has been given the title of ‘Mini Switzerland’.The famous Trout fish farming is prevalent in Barot. Barot is popular among the tourists. Thousands of people visit the place. Greenery, serenity, and landscapes make the place quite attractive and add to its charm.
People of Barot live a simple and decent life which is also reflected by their houses. The accommodation provided here is also affordable. Barot acts as a link for various treks to Manali and Kullu.

Best Time to Visit: April to June
Distance from the lake: 66.2 km

Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary

Majestic view of the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary

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Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary is covered by Alpine Forests. The Sanctuary is situated on the bank of Uhl river in Mandi district. The place offers an authentic wildlife experience to travelers. The mesmerizing beauty, captivating terrains, and awe-striking beauty of species of flora and fauna make it an exquisite sight for tourists. The tourists can enjoy a comfortable stay in the lap of nature as well-equipped rest houses are available at cheap prices.

Best Time to Visit: April and May or from August to October
Distance from the lake: 46 km approx

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Now that you are aware of the exquisite destinations of the Mandi and the irresistible view of Kamrunag Temple, then what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the fun, rejuvenating trip to Himachal Pradesh with your friends and family.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Kamrunag Lake

After which god is the lake named Kamrunag?

Ratan Yaksha was named Kamrunag by Lord Krishna. Ratan Yaksha was the son of Ghatotkacha. Ratan Yaksha wanted to take part in the war and fight by being a part of The Kauravas

How is the Kamrunag interpreted?

Kamrunag is given the name of ‘Lord of the Rain’ by the people of Mandi. Ratan Yaksha was the son of Ghatotkacha. Ratan Yaksha was blessed to be worshipped as Khatu Shyam and his body as Kamru.

Where is Kamrunag situated?

It is situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

What is the prominent language of the people of Mandi? People of Mandi speak Hindi to communicate. So if you know Hindi, you won’t find difficulty in communication

People of Mandi speak Hindi to communicate. So if you know Hindi, you won’t find difficulty in communication

What is Mandi known for?

Mandi is known for its traditions, temples, and marvelous architecture. You can visit Barot and Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which are some nearby tourist attractions

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