Before we begin the story of Kamrunaag, first of all, we need to know a little about Kamrunag Ji (Yaksha).
History of Kamrunaag
The original name of Dev Kamrunaag was “Ratan Yaksha” and he was a self-knowledgeable warrior. He practiced by placing the idol of Lord Vishnu in front of him and he considered it his guru.
They are also mentioned in Mahabharata. Kamrunaag Ji was a brave and courageous warrior. When he came to know about Mahabharata between Pandavas and Kauravas. He decided to participate in it. He decided to fight the weaker side, which meant that he was going to join the Kaurava army.
When Shri Krishna came to know about this, he decided to stop the Yaksha.
Know how Shri Krishna prevented Ratan Yaksha from going to war?
Disguised as a yogi, Lord Krishna appeared to Yaksha.
They asked him about his journey.
Ratan Yaksha heard the story and this strengthened his determination. Lord Krishna gave him a difficult test to find out the power of his arrow.
Krishna said – I will believe. If you can pierce every leaf of that huge peepal tree with your arrow. He hid some leaves in his closed fist.
Shri Krishna was surprised that Ratan Yaksha pierced the addresses kept in his palm.
Therefore Shri Krishna asked about his Guru. Yaksha replied that he has no Guru. They have learned themselves. Ratan Yaksha told Krishna that I used to practice you as a Guru. Then Krishna asked Yaksha for Gurudakshina. Ratan Yaksha had never given Gurudakshina so he agreed.
Krishna asked for Yaksha’s head in Dakshina. Yaksha could not resist as he had to offer it. Which the Lord asked for his head. He cut off his head and broke it.
The Yaksha told the Lord that until the war of Mahabharata is over. Till then keep my head alive. The Lord immediately agreed and blessed him with that.
His head was brought to the “Kamru” hill and today it is known as the Kamrunag temple.
The great people believe that the head was first placed in the Nalasar lake in Mandi district.
But the war did not look good from there.
Hence the head was shifted to the top of the hill. From where he could see the biggest war ever.
Now let’s talk about when is the Kamrunaag fair?
Kamrunaag Ji is also considered as the god of rain. Every year on June 14, a fair is held in Kamrunaag. Kamrunaag fair runs for three days. A large number of people come here after walking 8 km.
Thousands of devotees travel here on foot to witness the three-day fair.
On the way, people get flowers like snake, and
after fulfilling their wishes, they make offerings to the God of Kamrunag. Which is later immersed in the lake.
People offer many offerings including jewelry, coins, etc. As per tradition, offerings to the deity are thrown into a small lake nearby. A priest serves as a medium on behalf of the serpent deity.
How is the temple of Kamrunaag?
It is quite normal to see the temple of Dev Kamrunaag Ji. There is no door of any kind in the temple.
The temple is open from all sides. There is a statue of Kamrunaag Ji in the temple.
There is no possibility of theft here. This place is protected by Kamrunaag Ji himself.
What is the secret of Kamrunaag lake?
Now let’s talk about Kamrunaag Lake, what is hidden in it?
When people fulfill their wishes, they make offerings to the God of Kamrunaag.
People here also call Kamrunag Ji in the name of Bada Devta. People offer many offerings including jewelry, coins, etc. As per tradition, offerings to the deity are thrown in a small lake nearby. A priest serves as a medium on behalf of the serpent deity.
Millions of gold, silver, money coins are lying in this lake. No one can steal it.
Because Kamrunag himself protects its place.
Scientists have not been able to detect the maximum depth of this lake.
It is believed that if this lake is thirsty for Kamrunaag, then it was constructed so that it could drink water from this lake.
How is the trek to Kamrunaag?
If you are planning to go to Kamrunaag.
Therefore, you first need to know how is the trek to Kamrunaag.
So, let me tell you that there are of course many pedestrians to reach the Kamrunaag temple situated in the dense shade of the cedars, but the condition of a single path is not good. There is a three-hour trek to Kamrunag. The entire trek is steep.
If you want to go on the trek to Kamrunaag, then do not forget to carry a bottle of water with you.
Because there is no system of drinking water in any way. Also, there is no system of stay in rainy conditions. Although electricity has reached the original place of the temple, but electric eyes are common here. There is no stay or stay anywhere between miles of climbing from the main roads to the temple.
There is no trouble for devotees here due to lack of mobile signal in the way of the temple. The good thing is that the temple has an inn for the devotees to stay.
How to reach Kamrunaag?
One can reach Kamarunaag from Rohanda. Which is a three-hour steep trek?
Via Chalchauk from the Jalpa temple. The Bath Valley, the Buggy Canal, and the cloudy roads make the ride unforgettable.
It is not more than three hours to reach Jalpa temple from Sunder Nagar. The Jalpa temple is located at the dead-end of the road. The temple is built in pagoda style and has a strange story attached to it. The construction work of any temple in those parts of Himachal should be done without eating or drinking anything.
A few years ago, when the temple was almost completed, the laborers worked after having a meal, the next day the temple collapsed. It was rebuilt and today it is one of the most beautiful temples in Himachal Pradesh that I have visited.
Distance to Kamrunaag from different places
- 16.4km from Sundernagar to Kamrunaag
- Kamrunaag 47km from Mandi
- 17.km from Shikarimata to Kamrunaag
- Kamrunaag’s height is 3,334mtr.
So, in the end, I would say that I had a lot of fun on this trek.