Nahan – Capital of the Sirmour Princely State.

Nahan is a town in Himachal Pradesh in India and is the head office of the Sirmaur District. It was the capital of the previous Sirmur princely state. It is a stunning town which is well set in the top of Shivalik Hills. Nahan is a trade centre for farming produce and timber. The town’s markets consist of hand weaving, wood carving, and iron working. It was the capital of the Punjab Hill State of Sirmour (Sirmauor) during British rule in India.

There are numerous legends about Sirmour. According to among such legend, this princely state got “Sirmour” title because of its supremacy over all other handsome hill states of the contemporary period. Another legend reveals that this state is baptized in memory of, late “Shree Sirmour” boy of late King Rasaloo, the grandson of King Shalivaan-II. Rasalo ka tibba a location near Nahan is among the substantial proofs supporting this doctrine. There is also another saying that “Sirmour” got its name on the name of Sirmouri Taal (pond) near Ponta Sahib, which used to be the capital of Kulind state. The linguistic analysis of Hill dialect reveals that the word Sirmour comes from as a combination of two words Ser (pond) and Mour (palace) implying a palace on the periphery of pond and this word sermour ultimately altered to Sirmour.

Nahan has its previous spun around lots of tales and legends. Founded by Raja Karan Prakash in 1621 as a capital, it is believed that this town obtains its name from a sage named Nahar who lived at the exact same website where this town stands today. Based on another variation, the town gets its name from an event where the king who was trying to eliminate a lion was come by a saint called Baba Banwari Das who said Nahar meaning ‘do not kill’. The charming town today, is dotted with gardens, temples and a manmade lake. See Nahan, a cantonment town of Himachal for an unforgettable experience.

This city is well known for its streets which are dust totally free and tidy.

Haripurdhar – Maa Bhangayani Temple

Haripurdhar is a small town in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh in India. This place derives its name from a mountain called Haripur Dhar. Haripurdhar is one of the less frequented destinations in the area. Luscious cotton clouds will welcome you to this simple town enveloped by lush green beauty. The town is perched on a high ridge watching over a deep valley. There are many places of natural beauty and religious importance in the surrounding region of Haripurdhar.

11. Bhangayani Mata Temple, Haripurdhar

History
Haripurdhar was earlier known as ‘Dungbhangayani’. Formerly, this was the summer capital of the Sirmour. Situated on a crest of Haripur hill like a silent sentinel, there is a fort named “KILLA” that was built on this mountain range by the rulers of incipient Sirmour State. It was mainly meant to guard the state outskirts with the neighboring Jubbal State as there were regular boundary disputes between the two states and there was unusual push into each others territory. It has fallen into abandonment and the part which is still livable is used by the Forest Department as forester’s headquarters.

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Maa Bhangayani Temple Haripurdhar
Maa Bhangayni Temple is located at the foothills of lesser Himalayas or Shivalik ranges at Haripurdhar. Haripurdhar makes a compact border with Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the legacies of “lands of gods”. The temple lies at an altitude of 8000 feet above sea level.

God sister of Shirgul Mahadev, Maa bhangayni is said to be the most powerful deity worshipped in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh. This temple has a history that connects Maa Bhangayni to Chureshwar Mahadev (Churdhar). A person visiting Maa Bhangayani Temple in Haripurdhar can get a clear and open view of Chureshwar Temple from here.

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As per the legends,Shirgul Mahadev was imprisoned by a Mughal King of that time. Because Mughal King was frightened by Shirgul Mahadev’s spiritual powers. The King of Bagad, Guga peer helped him to gain freedom with the blessings of Mata Bhangyani. This incident has been enlisted in golden chapters and since then Maa Bhangyani has been celebrated as god sister of Shirgul Mahadev.

The Gurudwara of Paonta Sahib in District of Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

Paonta Sahib Gurudwara

Gurudwara Paonta Sahib is a revered shrine of the Sikh religion. This sacred shrine not only renders a spiritual comfort, but also offers us an insight into how Sikhism has sustained. The place got its name either from the fact that Guru Gobind Singh set his foot here or because he lost an ornament here that he used to wear on his foot.

The fort-like Gurudwara is situated on the bank of River Yamuna and is closely related to Guru Gobind Ji and his life. Being a place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji spent four years of his life and penned the ‘Dasham Granth’, the significance of this place is indeed enormous. Even today, you will find his personal belongings like pens and weapons upheld here with utmost care. This shrine, which is a symbol of the Raja Medini Prakash’s reverence to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, attracts many pilgrims and tourists.

History

Paonta Sahib GurudwaraGurdwara Paonta Sahib is revered as the place where 16-year-old Guru Gobind Singh Ji first set his foot after he came to the kingdom of Sirmour on the invitation of Raja Medini Prakash. At the arrival of the Guru, the King along with his courtiers, soldiers, merchants, and entire Sikh congregation went down to welcome him. Pleased with the warm welcome, Guru agreed to spend the next four years at Poanta and left a written account of his life in the kingdom, which he described as the happiest years of his life. As a token of gratitude, Raja Medini Prakash decided to build a fort for the Sikh Guru on the banks of River Yamuna. The fort enclosed a Gurudwara and was surrounded by thick forest. Guru engaged himself in hunting, training his warriors and literary activities here. It is said that Guru lost his anklet in this place and hence, the name Paonta came into being.

 

Renukaji – Parashuram Temple in Sirmaur

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Nahan is located in the Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh. The green woodlands, lofty mountain peaks and beautiful valleys surround Nahan. Blessed by wonderful views, Nahan is a must visit for anyone planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh. Nahan was founded in 1621 by King Karan Prakash and holds a lot of religious significance among the locals. There are a number of temples in the town that can be visited by tourists.

Renuka Lake Overview

Situated merely 38 kms from Nahan, Renuka Lake is the place to visit when you’re into nature and the solace it offers. Apart from being the largest natural lake in Himachal, this water body is shaped in form of a reclining woman, and hence is considered a personification of goddess Renuka. The lake houses many fishes and other aquatic beings. Boating facilities are also provided at the lake, making it an even better to experience its serene beauty. Another lake dedicated to the son of the goddess, Lord Parshuram, is present in the vicinity. One can also witness a number of temples, one of them even dedicated to the goddess, nearby.

History Of Renukaji

Renuka Temple, located at the base of the Renuka Lake.  Renuka temple, dedicated to the immortal Renuka and it is a famous temple in India. Renukaji is the wife of the Sage Jamadagini and the Mother of Parshurama, one of the ten “Avatars” of Lord Vishnu.

The original temple of Renukaji, is said to have been built overnight by a contingent of Gurkhas in the early 19th century. There are a number of legends and stories associated with this temple.

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One is that Rishi Jamdagni disappointed with his wife. So Rishi Jamdagni asked his son Parshuram to kill her. Parshuram carried out the Rishi’s orders but requested him to grant life to his mother.

Another legend, Sahasarjuna wanted to kidnap Renuka. Renuka save herself, she jumped into this lake and the gods saved her.Since then, this lake became an embodiment of Renuka and is named after her.

At a hill rock known as Tape Ka Tiba near Renuka lake, Maharish Jamdagni and his wife Bhagwati Renuka Ji had meditated for long time. Lord Vishnu fulfilled divine promise and took birth as their son, with the blessings of lord Shiva. From Lord Shiva, sixth incarnation of lord Vishnu and son of Renuka Ji pleased lord Shiva with the performation of Tap got a new name Parshuram after getting divine weapon Parshu. He has been referred every where in the Shashtras with the popular name Parshuram and not his childhood name Ram [as per Brahmand Puran], which he got from his parents.

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He always supported the cause of good governance where worries of every citizen are addressed judiciously by the rulers. To get people rid of atrocities of cruel rulers Lord Parshuram eliminated 21 times, cruel and atrocious rulers from the earth. To get the Kamdhenu cow from Maharishi, he also killed King Sahastrabahu and his Army as King had attacked Tape ka Tiba Ashram in his absence.

By Lord Indra, after Maharishi pleaded that the Kamdhenu Cow was given him in trust and he can not breach the trust by passing it to someone else. Maharishi Jamdagni killed by Shastrabahu. Lord Parshurams mother Bhagwati Renuka Ji jumped in the Ram Sarovar and took Jal Samadhi. Purans narrates that Ram Sarovar immediately took the shape of a lady and since then it is known as Renuka Ji Lake.

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After eliminating Sahashtrabahu in fierce battle he gave a new life to his father with his divine powers and came on the bank of the Lake and prayed his mother to come out of the Lake. Mother responded to his prayers and lord vowed in her feet. She said that she will permanently live in the Lake, but on the request of Lord Parshuram she promised that she will come out of the Lake on the occasion of Devprabodhini Ekadashi every year to meet her son. Bhagwati also promised that people gracing this pious occasion of mothers affection and sons devotion, would be showered with divine blessings.

One day advance, on Dashmi the palanquin of Lord Parshuram is brought to Renuka Ji from the ancient temple in Jamu Koti village in traditional procession known a ‘Shobha Yatra’, attended by lakhs of devotees.

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