Vindhyavasini Devi

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir in Dhauladhar Mountains

In the lap of Dhauladhar Mountains of Himalayas in Palampur Himachal Pradesh there is a temple dedicated to Vindhyavasini Devi.

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir in Dhauladhar Mountains

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir in Dhauladhar Mountains

This temple is accessible via a rough road suitable only for Motorcycles, Jeeps and Trucks and is located before the tunnel that leads to another Micro Hydro Dam in Himalaya, Neugal Hydro Electric Project

Other wise if you love trekking, hiking and hillwalk then this temple can be reached by trek through this route

A) Reaching Palampur either from Dharamsala or Kangra and from the ISBT board a bus to Upper Bandla (Saaw)(the bus timings are between 10:00am to 02:00pm and try to go as early as possible otherwise you’ll need to hire a cab may cost 500 INR up to the road head to the trek only) and can ask the bus conductor to drop you at the road head to Neugal Hyrdro Electric Project.

B) Once at the stop you need to walk around 3km and will reach the check post (no need to show any doc) and from there the climb starts, you may either follow the road or take the jungle route going after two turns and for that the security guard at the check post can help you (he can give you the idea to take the shortcut of Jungle trail. This trail is steep so go easy without hurry, just enjoy the walk. Just refill your water bottle by the rivulet near checkpost.  After 1 hour climb you’ll reach the makeshift settlement of project workers. From there just follow the main road (under-construction) after first left turn there will be another road going straight on left hand…ignore that road and turn to right hand side and keep walking with attention….as you keep walking, you will see few tunnels on right hand side…SKIP them..and after 30-45 minutes walk you will see the gate of the temple and the main tunnel that goes to the Project area.

Devi Vindhyavasni and Nature

Devi Vindhyavasni and Nature

C) Climb the stairs and you are there in the temple premises and there is a hut for temple priest. By the side of the temple you will see the waterfall with around 1000 meter fall….after worshipping the goddess you may rest in the small park on the other side of the temple…just remain careful while crossing the rivulet..from that park goes an upward trail that further leads to Okhal Mool a high mountain site…but for that you need a guide and company of friends. Skip that trail and just enjoy the company of Mother Nature and goddess.

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir

As seen in this photograph above the grazing grounds (Sethunal) on the opposite mountain hosts another campground of local Gaddi Shepherds known as Khalla which further leads to Thatri campground and finally to Hangar Jot, Killar Jot or Shinghar Jot, the highest peak of Dhauladhar Mountains in Palampur side.

Dhauladhar Mountain of Palampur side

Dhauladhar Mountain of Palampur side

BhagsuNag Shiv Mandir and Bhagsu Waterfall

History of Bhagsu Nag and Shiva Temple :- [fbliked]Insert Your “LIKED” Content Here[/fbliked]

Dwapara Yuga (द्वापर युग) is the third yuga in Hindu religion and which came to its end, when Lord Krishna returned to Vaikuntha, his eternal abode.

It was this yuga when the King of Demons Raja Bhagsu had his capital in Ajmer and which faced the callous drought of its time.

The Chiefs of villages in Ajmer requested Raja Bhagsu to make an arrangement of water for his people; otherwise they’ll be forced to leave his country. Hearing that, Raja Bhagsu decided to find water himself. Since Raja Bhagsu had magical powers and being a demons king, he travelled alone and after two days reached the Lake Nag Dal, which is still about two miles wide with enormous depth and situated at an approximate height of 18000feet in the mountains of Dhauladhar. Raja Bhagsu was pleased to see the Lake Nag Dal with plenty of water and with his magical powers filled all of the water in a pot. While he was on his way back to kingdom Raja Bhagsu decided to rest at the foothills of Dhauladhar, since it was already dark.
While Raja was in deep sleep, up there in Dhauladhar Mountains, Nag Devta was on his routine visit to Lake Nag Dal. He found the Lake empty. Surprised and furious he noticed the footsteps of Raja Bhagsu, followed them and challenged Raja Bhagsu for a war. In the fight, Raja Bhagsu was severely wounded and dropped his magical pot as a result Lake Nag Dal was again filled with water and in that place the natural fountain of water started to flow. While Raja Bhagsu was on his last breath he sincerely prayed Nag Devta. Seeing his faithful prayers Nag Devta happily granted him a wish. Raja Bhagsu wished that the drought in his kingdom should come to an end and his name is honored by all. Nag Devta fulfilled his wish and now there is enough water in Ajmer also Nag Devta named this place with the name of Raja Bhagsu prefixed with his own name.
Centuries have gone after this incident and this is how this place got the name of Bhagsu Nag. With the beginning of Kali Yuga, Raja Dharamchand ruled this place. Since this place has the holy water of Nag Devta, one day while Raja Dharam Chand was in sleep Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and ordered him to construct a temple for him. Raja Dharam Chand constructed the Shiva temple here and it’s about 5080 years old.

Today people from across the country and even from all over the World come to see this holy place.

Bhagsu Nag is just 2km from McLeodganj, you can either walk up to here or reach by bus/autorikshaw. There is a beautiful waterfall a few meters away from Shiva Temple. Because of climate change the density of waterfall has considerably shrunk and now there is lesser water. Even during monsson, the waterfall rarely reaches its actual height of about 30feet.