Banasur was a mighty Rakshasha who ruled
very sternly over the area known in the ancient days as Malana in Kulu complex. To his
land came Maharishi Jamadagni with his wife Renuka. Jamadagni liked the sylvan
surroundings and wanted to set up his hermitage here. Banasur the wicked Rakshash had been
oppressing the people a lot.
Banasur took great offence at the daring of
Jamadagni and made up his mind to destroy him. He did not know that Jamadagni was a very
learned man and had done years of tapashya. Banasur caught hold of Jamadagni and put him
in a huge cauldron full of oil and put the cauldron on fire and closed its lids. Days
after Banasur took off the lid and found the Rishi alive and deep in meditation.
Author - P.C. Roy Choudhoury