Vasuki Naga Temple is one of the important Hindu temples in Jammu and Kashmir. What is the significance of this temple? What is the history of this Vasuki Naga temple in Jammu-Kashmir..? Here are some things you should know about this temple.
An act of vandalism has come to light at the Vasuki Naga temple in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir. Along with pandits, temples are also being attacked in Kashmir. Although this temple is in Jammu. After this incident in the Jammu division, there was outrage among the local Hindus. It is said that the temple was destroyed from inside to outside. Let’s know the significance of this temple through this article.
1. Vasuki Naga Temple (Doda Jammu):
It is the oldest Bhadrevaha temple built in the 11th century. An idol of Vasuki is installed in the temple, which is made of a large stone. This Bhadrevaha temple is also known as Bhadrakashi. The temple contains wonderful architecture and sculpture. Here two idols (Vasuki and Raja Jamoon Vahana) are carved on the same stone. A short distance from this is Kailash Kunda. It is also known as Vasuki Kunda.
According to legend, it is said that in 1629, King Bhupat Pal of Basohli established his authority over Bhadrevaha. But while crossing Kailasa Kunda, he was caught by Nagapasha. The frightened king apologized to the giant snake, after which the snake told the king to build a temple here. The pond here is also known as Vasak Challa. Because the construction of the temple was delayed, the enraged Nagaraja prevented the king from drinking water from the Challa falls.
Kapalasha, also known as Kailash Kunda or Vasuki Kunda, is the abode of Nagaraja Vasuki and is situated at an altitude of 14500 feet above sea level. Thousands of devotees from far and wide visit the temple and have the darshan of Vasuki God. The temple has a single black stone idol of Vasuki Naga and King Jamun Vahana.
The Vasuki Naga Temple has Lord Vasuki Naga on the right and the idols of King Jamun Vahana on the left. It mysteriously stands on its own without any support. The Bhadrevaha Kailasa Yatra starts here only after completing the annual pilgrimage dedicated to the 7-headed Lord Naga ‘Vasuki Naga’.
Who is Vasuki?
According to Hindu mythology, Vasuki was the king of serpents who had a Nagamani on his forehead. Vasuki, the snake around Shiva’s neck. His sister’s name was Mata Manasa Devi. Vasuki’s father is Rishi Kasyapa and his mother is Kadru. In ancient times, the entire region of Kashmir was the domain of Seshanaga (Ananthanaga) and his brothers. Here he had his secret.
Story related to the establishment of the temple:
Bhadrevaha is also known as ‘Nagaon Nadu’. Between the 8th and 9th Vikrama Samvatsara, the Bhadrevaha Chandravamshi king, Maharaja Dhuri Pal started the construction of a Vasuki Naga temple in his kingdom. Although the construction work of the temple had started, even after many attempts, there was a hurdle in enshrining the idols in the temple. Then the king called the priests and asked the reason for this, they said that an evil spirit was living here and a Brahmin had to be sacrificed to get rid of it. On the advice of the Pandits, the king asks to capture the Brahmins in his territory, Devaraja and Bodharaja, for sacrifice. When the soldiers left, they saw a Brahmin, Bodharaja, meditating. When the king’s soldier raised his sword to behead the Brahmin, his hands froze in the air.
Then when the Brahmin awoke from his meditation, he asked the soldier why he had killed him. Meanwhile, the Brahmin’s brother Devaraja also returned to the camp from the forest. The soldiers told about the king’s orders. Bodharaja agreed to come before the king for this. On reaching the king’s palace, the king politely told him the story and pleaded for help. To this Bodharaja made a condition that he would cut off my head from durva grass but give the territory as far as my body goes to his brother and his family. The king agreed to this and his head was cut off. However, his body starts roaming around the province without being found by anyone.
In the end, Vasuki himself appeared in the form of a cow and stopped the body. Later the mortal body of holy saint Bodharaja was cremated at this place with all religious rites. Enraged by this incident, the Brahmin Devaraja declared that after the last ritual his family would not enter the Vasuki temple to worship or accept any offerings in the form of prasada or charanamrita.