Kamru, located in the hills of the lesser Himalayas and about a 2 km hike from Sangla, is a mix of heritage and natural beauty. While we get to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in Sangla Valley, the best view of its grandeur can be seen from the top of the Kamru fort.
According to Kamru’s history, this land was once ruled by various Kings and served as the capital of Bushahr (A princely state in India during the British raj). The Kamakhya idol in the fort (which is the only part open to visitors) was brought here from the Kamakhya Mandir in Guwahati, Assam, about a thousand years ago.
Unlike the crowded Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, the Kamru Kamakhya mandir is a very peaceful and tranquil place with few visitors despite the fact that the fort and temple are open all year (even during winters).
Her other nephew, Barang Nag, was in charge of protecting the Rupin Pass in Sangla. She then went to Batseri village, where Badri Nath of Batseri was in charge of guarding a place called Dhumthan. She continued on to Rakchham, where Shanshares, yet another nephew, was appointed as Dhumthan’s guard.
Finally, she arrived in Chhitkul and settled permanently, taking on the overall responsibility of protecting the seven divisions. People had enough food after her arrival, animals had enough grass, and the village began to recover. She also had pujaris. Domangs play musical instruments while the pujaris bring water from a nearby spring and worship the goddess by burning incense.
The royal family (the family of Raja Virbhadra Singh, the current Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh) visits this fort for family rituals/ceremonies, and they most recently visited during the pattabhishek (crowning of the prince) of Virbhadra Singh’s son in 2016.
According to the royal tradition, whenever the newly appointed king of Bushahr princely state was crowned, it was mandatory for the king to come to Kamru village within 6 months and be crowned before the deity Shri Badri Vishal ji.
Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has held the command of Himachal Pradesh six times, has a deep connection with Kamru Temple in Sangla Valley.
According to the records recorded in history, Raja Virbhadra Singh took the throne of Bushahr princely state as the 122nd king of the Krishna dynasty, whereas before that Kamru village of Kinnaur district used to be the princely state of the kings of the Krishna dynasty.
The foundation of the princely state of Rampur was laid by Raja Kehar Singh, the grandfather of Virbhadra Singh in the 16th century. Although there is a deep connection between the Raj family with Kamru village even today.
It may be noted that Virbhadra Singh remained the 122nd ruler as the last ruler of Bushahr’s princely state. The connection of the princely state of Bushahr with the historical village Kamru in the Sangla Valley is connected for centuries, the living proof of which is the historical fort of Kamru village.
The royal family has a deep connection with this historical fort. Along with the princely state of Kamru, when the area of the state increased, the forefathers of Virbhadra Singh came from Kamru village and established the royal courts of Sarahan and Rampur in the Shimla district.
According to the royal tradition, whenever the newly appointed king of Bushahr princely state was crowned, it was mandatory for the king to come to Kamru village within 6 months and be crowned before the deity Shri Badri Vishal Ji.
If due for some reason the king could not fill his attendance in the temple for six months, then the tradition of coronation would go unfinished.
Not only this, the picture and name of Ishta Devta Shri Badri Vishal Ji are clearly inscribed in the royal seal and throne of Bushahr princely state.
Motmin Pitambar Singh Negi, Bhishma Singh Thakur, Kayath Rajendra Singh Negi, Mathas Vidyalal Negi, Teerth Ram Negi, Gardener Gambhir Chand Negi, Priest Nirbhay Singh Negi, former head Kamru Vikram Singh Negi told that Raja Virbhadra Singh Bushahr He was the last ruler of the princely state.
All the office bearers and members of the temple committee have expressed deep condolences on the death of Virbhadra Singh. He told me that for the next three days, worship in the Kamru Devta temple will be closed. Earlier, people in Kinnaur district mourned the death of late King Padma Dev for three days.