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Srikhand Mahadev - A trip to heaven and Back - The Legend of Srikhand Mahadev

Srikhand Mahadev
Srikhand Mahadev

The Legend of Srikhand Mahadev

                                    Srikhand Mahadev is one of the Five Kailash, namely Kailash Mansarovar, Adi Kailash, Srikhand Mahadev, Kinnar Kailash and Mani Mahesh. It is one of the most sacred places for Hindus. The Journey to this place is a very tough one and is supposed to be the toughest among all Five Kailash. The Yatra is generally conducted in the month of July.

                    The Legend of Srikhand Mahadev goes like this. There was a demon by the name Bhasmasur. He revered Lord Shiva and did hard penance and meditations for years. Ultimately lord Shiva was happy with him and granted him one wish. Bhasmasur asked for a special power, which Lord Shiva accorded him. It was Bhasm Kangana, with which Bhasmasur could smoulder anybody by placing his hand on its head. 

                   After having the power of Bhasma Kangan, Bhasmasur became so soaked with pride and ego that he wanted to smoulder Lord Shiva himself. Lord Shiva ran and hid in a cave. Goddess Parvati started weeping at the disappearance of Lord Shiva. Then, Lord Vishnu came to help Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as Mohini a beautiful woman and enchantress and lured Bhasmasur to dance with her. Bhasmasur was so hypnotised with Mohini's beauty that he agreed. During the dance, Mohini made Bhasmasur place his hand on his own head, smouldering himself. The place where Bhasmasur smouldered himself is today's Bhim Duari. The red colour of water and soil is attributed to the smouldered Bhasmasur.

                    For some reason, it was not possible for Shiva to come out of the cave from where he had entered. So he came emerged from the top of Srikhand mountain. The impact of his emergence was so great that the present Shivling was formed. opposite to the Siva is Goddess Parvati and adjoining to it is Ganesh ji. The peak at the back is called Kartikeya peak.

Places around Srikhand Mahadev

Dev Dhank -  This holy cave is near Nirmand. It is here Shiva is supposed to have disappeared after Bhasmasur chased him with an intent to smoulder Lord Shiva.

Thaacru - This is a major midway stop for devotees undertaking Srikhand Mahadev Yatra. It is 11 kms from Jaon. There is a temple dedicated to Vandevta or Jungle God.

Kali Top - This is the highest point after which it is downhill till Bhim Dwari. It has a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Parvati Bagh - This beautiful meadow with a lot of flowers truly justifies its name and is so beautiful to rightly be the garden for the Gods. Here Goddess Parvati is said to admire the beauty of this place. One can find Brahmkamals at this place.

Nayan Sarovar - As per Hindu Mythology, this Sarovar was formed with the tears of Goddess Parvati, when she started weeping after the disappearance of Lord Shiva. The shape of the lake is that of an eye or Nayan as it is called in Hindi.

Bhim Shila - Close to Srikhand Mahadev peak, there are huge boulders, which are said to have been placed by Bhim one of the five Pandavs.

                          He is said to be making stairs to heaven from here. All above can be brushed away as hearsay, but a question remains unanswered how such huge boulders, which are called Bhim Shilas today were placed meticulously over each other. These boulders have inscriptions on them.

            This was a small break in journey of Srikhand Mahadev Yatra. We will resume our yatra soon

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Srikhand Mahadev - A trip to heaven and Back - Day 1

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