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Bhavnath Temple

Bhavnath
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Bhavnath is a small village in the Junagadh district of Gujarat, India. It sits near the Girnar mountain range, close to Girnar Taleti, the place from where pilgrims have to ascend on foot to get to temples on Girnar hills.

History
The Bhavnath Mahadev temple is a shrine ensconced in myths and legends of the Puranic era, at the bottom of Mount Girnar in Bhavnath village. The Shiva ling right here is said to have emerged of its own divine aim. Reportedly, while Shiva and Parvati have been travelling over the Girnar Hills their divine garment fell over the prevailing Mrigi Kund, making this location an auspicious site for lord Shiva worshipers. Even these days, the naga bavas [Naked sadhus] bathe within the holy Mrigi Kund before joining the Mahashivaratri procession. The fair itself is so ancient that its precise origins are unknown.

There are two main annual festivals: Maha Shivaratri and Girnar Lili Parikrama.

Maha Shivaratri
Every year on the time of Maha Shivaratri in the month of February or March, the temple witnesses a festive mood in which devotees enthusiastically worship Lord Shiva and take his blessings. As in keeping with the Hindu religion, at the middle of the night of the day of Maha Shivaratri, the place gets decorated and the Naga Sadhus take holy dip into the Mrugi Kund which is thought to be,their way of offering prayer to the Lord Shiva.These Naga sadhus belong to the Dashanami Sampradaya. People of the Hindu religion believe that Lord Shiva on this day involves go to the temple and watch his devotees. Before the puja gets started devotees go round journeying(visiting) the Girnar hills and many pilgrims from Gujarat, Kutch and Mewar visit the temple. Sellers from Mathura and Ayodhya sell sacred statues and rosaries which attract not only tourists from India but also from other parts of the world. The Naga Sadhu performs Hatha Yoga which should not be missed during the visit. During the time, the entire place gets filled with auspicious music, tungis and turis and the Naga Sadhus sitting directly to their elephants, maintaining in their hands the spiritual flags of the Hindu culture reach the temple, which is followed by a palanquin laden with an embellished statue of Lord Dattatreya reaching to the temple.

Lili Parikrama
In Karthik month of Hindu calendar which generally falls in month of October-November, a day after Vijaydashami for a period of five days concluding on the total-moon day, " Girnar lili Parikrama" is held after hoisting of Dhaja on Bhavnath temple. The parikrama or circular(round) travel on foot covers a distance of about 36 km around the Girnar Mountains, through wilderness of reserve forest area and a rugged terrain along several ancient temples and other sacred places - it goes from Bhavnath Temple to Jina Bawa Ni Madhi, Hanuman Dhara, Malvela, Bordevi and return to Bhavnath Temple. It is compared to the Lili Parikrama of Govardhan mountain in Vraj [vrindavan]. Parikram is believed to be pious because it is believed that Lord Dattatrey himself descends down to Earth and stays here these five days to bless his devotees. For the nature lovers, it is an excursion which brings one in direct contact with nature and nature’s hidden treasure.

Location
Is held at the Bhavnath mahadeva temple which is located close to Damodar Kund thats 8 km from Junagadh. The city of Junagadh has a major railway station and has lots of buses connecting almost all of the important states. The nearest airport to the temple is Rajkot airport that is at a distance of a 110 km (India).


Bhavnath Temple

Bhavnath
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Maha Shivaratri

Maha
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