The Rain God of the Himalayas

Kamrunag Lake is situated at an altitude of 3,334 metres. Apart from the lake, Kamrunag is known for the lake and the temple. 



The view of Dhauladhar range and Balh valley adds to the scenic beauty of the place where the lake and pent roof temple of Dev Kamrunag is surrounded by thick forests of deodar.

A trek to the Kamrunaag Temple – Place of God

Everyone would love to go to a place that is popular for all kinds of adventures. A trek to Kamarunaag can make you feel all the things you want from a trip.  Kamarunaag is a place of God, full of adventure, full of natural beauty and quite cool in summer which makes it even more beautiful.

The Rain God of Himalayas- Dev Kamrunaag

The Rain God of Himalayas- Dev Kamrunaag

The Rain God of the Himalayas: Dev Kamrunaag

The month of June is when people start going there. It is only open for a few days as the place remains closed for the rest of the year. Every year from 14 to 16 June, the fair is organized in Kamarunaag. 

The legend of Kamrunaag tells the story of a young man who was born with the power to control the rain. He used his power to bring rain to the parched land, and he was soon worshipped as a god. After his death, he was said to have returned to the lake, where he continues to watch over the land and bring rain to the people.

Kamarunag "The God of rain".

Kamarunaag “The God of rain”

The people of the region believe that Kamrunaag is a benevolent god who is always willing to help those in need. They pray to him for rain during times of drought, and they give thanks to him for the rain that he brings. People in Himachal Pradesh also call Kamarunaag “The God of rain”.

In Kamarunag people offer coins, notes, ornaments etc. to the serpent god. 

Story of Dev Kamarunag

According to tradition, Kamrunag is the Yaksha king of the Mahabharata and was worshiped by the Pandavas. There is a tradition of devotees offering gold, silver and coins to the lake for the fulfillment of their wishes by Dev Kamrunag. 

It is not possible to estimate the amount of gold, silver and coins of other metals lying at the bottom of the lake. He offered his head to Lord Krishna (Hindu God) as a fee for services (Gurudakshina) and asked to be kept alive till the war ended. 

Kamrunaag: The Rain God of the Himalayas

Kamrunaag: The Rain God of the Himalayas

His head was placed atop Kamru hill so that he could watch the live Mahabharata from there and has since been known as Kamarunag Temple

Location of Kamarunag Temple

There are many ways to reach the temple but we choose it from Rohanda which is on the hillside. Kamarunag Temple located in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3335 meters and we have to trek from Rohanda to reach there.

For nature lovers, a trip to Kamrunag is a trip to heaven. It takes 3 to 4 hours to complete the trek from Rohanda to Kamrunag on a steep hilly path of 6 kms. Rohanda is 50 km and 34 km from Mandi and Sundernagar respectively. 

The road from Rohanda to the hilltop is very poor, which is used by the villagers to reach this temple on the banks of the mysterious lake.  It is a fascinating trek through dense vegetation, panoramic mountain ranges, panoramic views that are transferred to an unknown spiritual realm.

Road will start from  Dhanotu Sundernagar to Rohanda. Just take a right turn from Dhanotu (place name) as you were driving on the national highway and now you will go on the same road or you can also use GPS which is very common for smartphone users.

Rohanda is about 34 km from Dhanotu, Sundernagar. It is a single valley road, so you should be careful while driving as there is traffic on this road if you are driving with your car.

Tips for Visiting Kamrunaag

1. The best time to visit Kamrunaag is during the monsoon season, when the lake is full of water and the surrounding hills are lush and green.

2. Be sure to bring rain gear, as it can rain heavily at any time of year.

3. Wear comfortable shoes, as the trek to the lake is a bit steep.

4. Respect the local customs and traditions.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about Kamrunaag, the rain god of the Himalayas. If you are ever in the region, be sure to visit the lake and pay your respects to this benevolent god.

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