The wonderful place which we are talking about is a hill surrounded by thick forests called Kamarah village, kasor valley in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh, named KamruNag. There is an ancient temple of the Naga deity on the banks of KamruNag Lake in Kasor Valley, which is a wonderful example of the hill style. KamruNag Lake is located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India, and is situated at an altitude of 10,938 ft above sea level among the valleys of Balh and the Dhauladhar range. This lake completely freezes during winter and at that time only experienced trekkers reach this area. The size of the temple is quite small but the number of devotees has been increasing every year. Even today, Devotees throng the temple premises in large numbers for favorable weather conditions and it is believed that, once the prayers have been offered to the Lord, the rainy season marks its presence in the valley.
KamruNag is also known as "Lord of Rain" and according to the tradition, pilgrims on the fulfillment of their wish they make offerings to the KamruNag deity and the offerings may include coins, gold and silver ornaments. In the KamruNag temple, the offerings offered by devotees are not deposited in the banks instead are immersed in the Kamrunag Lake. Kamrunag Lake holds enormous religious and spiritual significance and is based on this tradition that has been going on for centuries.
Mythical KamruNag Lake
It is said that there is a treasure hidden underwater which belongs to the Mahabharata period and is visible but can not be touched. The temple of the KamruNag deity is also established near the KamruNag lake. If we believe in ancient beliefs, this treasure is protected by the Nagraj of the temple. A fair is organized every year in this temple of Nagas in the month of June during which ritualistic serpents are also worshipped.
According to local people, no one is able to take the treasure from KamruNag lake. Though there were many hypotheses to explain the origin, according to old beliefs once a British man tried to extract gold from this lake but he failed and became very ill. Another belief is that a snake-like tree surrounds this mountain and If someone puts his hand in the treasures of this lake, locals say that these trees are snake deities and come in their true form.
History of KamruNag
Dev Kamarunag’s original name was Ratan Yaksha (also known as Baburbhanji which is mentioned in Mahabharata too). Ratna Yaksha was the grandson of Bhima and the son of Ghatotkacha. He was a self-learned warrior, he practiced by keeping Lord Vishnu’s idol in front of him and he considered it his master, the Guru. He got to know about the story of Mahabharat being fought in some far corner of Bharat and decided to take part in it. Brave and courageous he was, he decided to fight with the weaker party, which meant he was going to join the army of Kauravas.
Lord Krishna got to know about it and he decided to stop the self-learned warrior before he could reach the battlefield. Disguised as a yogi, Lord Krishna appeared before the Yaksha. He asked him about his journey and told him about the hardships being experienced by wounded soldiers. Ratan Yaksha listened to the story and it strengthened his determination. Lord Krishna gave him a troublesome test to find out the potency of his arrows and said, “I will be convinced if you can pierce every leaf of that enormous peepal tree with the arrow.” When the Yaksha was preparing his arrow, the Lord plucked some leaves and hid them in his closed fists. To his surprise, the arrow pierced even the leaves in his fists. Then Lord Krishna asked him about his guru, upon which the Yaksha replied it to be no one but the almighty himself, and there Lord Krishna spotted an opening, transformed into his actual formless eternal form, and asked the young man for Gurudakshina, the fee for services he had never offered to his student.
The yaksha couldn’t resist and he had to offer what the Lord had asked for, his head. He gave away his head and asked the Lord to keep it alive until the Great War was over. The Lord immediately agreed and blessed him with the same, his head was brought to Kamru Hill and today it’s referred to as KamruNag Temple. Legend also says that the head was kept at the Nalsar Lake in the Mandi district but because of climatic problems faced by the head, it was shifted to the top of the hill, from where he could see the greatest wars of all time, live and exclusive.
Places To Visit Around KamruNag
The places worth visiting around the KamruNag Temple are the Shikari Devi peak, Shikari Devi Sanctuary, Jalpa Mata Temple, Jahali Mata Temple, Saroa Devi Trek, and Baggi canal.
Best Time To Visit KamruNag
The best time to visit KamruNag Temple is during any day of the year but the apt time for witnessing the divine aura is in the month of June. A three-day fair is organized and numerous pilgrims visit the site to seek the blessings of Lord Kamrunag.