MYTHOLOGICAL STORIES WOVEN AROUND UTTARAKHAND
THE QUEST FOR SANJEEVANI
As the Ramayana goes, Lord Ram’s brother Lakshman was wounded in a battle after which Hanuman was asked to bring ‘Sanjeevani’ (an elusive all-curing herb) from the Himalayas. Hanuman lifted Dronagiri after he failed to trace ‘Sanjeevani’. Under the guidance of Maharaj Ji, this is going to be added in the Ramayana Circuit. It’s a known fact that holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna, originate from this Devbhoomi but very few know about yet another holy river that finds its mention at various times in Ramayana. Saryu originated from Nanda Kot mountain in Bageshwar district, Uttarakhand .
RAJA DAKSH AND SATI
Kankhal, Haridwar, is considered to be Lord Shiva’s in-laws home because Daksheshwar Maharaj’s daughter (Goddess Sati) was married to Lord Shiva and Daksheshwar Maharaj used to reside in this place. Daksheshwar Maharaj had once organized a yagya and invited all the gods and goddesses to this yagya but Daksheshwar Maharaj did not invite Lord Shiva. Knowing this, Lord Shiva’s wife Sati was very sad and after coming to the same yagya, Lord Shiva’s wife Sati left her body. From this point, Virbhadra (who is considered to be the gotra form of Lord Shiva) separated Daksheshwar Maharaj from his head. But Lord Shiva donated life to Daksheshwar Maharaj and he put “goat’s head” on the severed head of Daksheshwar Maharaj and Lord Shiva promised Daksheshwar Maharaj that the name of the place he resides, will always be associated with his name, hence there is a temple named “Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple” in Haridwar.
DRONA NAGRI – GURU DRONACHARYA
Guru Dronacharya, the ace archer, the Guru of Pandavas did penance for 12 years in a cave near Dehradun in Uttarakhand. That cave is now at Tapkeshwar Temple. Apart from the cave, there is Drona Sagar lake, which is believed to have been created by Pandavas as a gurudakshina to him
PANDAVAS JOURNEY TO HEAVEN
As the legend goes, after the Pandavas defeated and killed their cousins the Kauravas in the epic Kurukshetra war (Mahabharat), they wished to atone for the sins of committing fratricide and killing of Brahmins during the war. Thus, they handed over the reigns of their kingdom to their kin and left in search of the god Shiva and to seek his blessings. But, Shiva was hurt with this war and assumed the form of a Nandi and hid in the Garhwal region to avoid Pandavas. Pandavas saw a bull grazing near Guptkashi while searching for Shiva. Bhima immediately recognized the bull to be Shiva. Bhima caught hold of the bull by its tail and hind legs. But the bull formed Shiva disappeared into the ground to later reappear in parts, with the hump raising in Kedarnath, the arms appearing in Tungnath, the nabhi and stomach surfacing in Madhyamaheshwar, the face showing up at Rudranath and the hair and head appearing in Kalpeshwar. As Pandavas were pleased by these reappearances, they built a temple over here and these are the Panch Kedar. After building the Panch Kedar temples, the Pandavas meditated at Kedarnath for salvation, performed yagna and then through the heavenly path called the Mahapanth( Swargarohini)attained heaven. It’s believed that during their final ascent toward heaven, they passed the village Mana( The last Indian village).
THE LONGEST EPIC TALE
Mahabharata, the important mythological tale was written in this land of Gods. Mana, The last Indian village has witnessed the writing of this epic tale. Vyas pothi- a cave, where Ved vyas used to reside in Mana. This place is just three km away from the Badrinath shrine . There is one more Ved Vyas cave in Kalapani Valley, where it is believed that he meditated here for some time. This valley is also referred as Vyas Valley. Pandukeshwar Temple is also one of the places in connection with Mahabharata. You will be glad to know that Maharaj Ji wants everybody to be aware about our rich treasure i.e. the epic tale, Mahabharata. To promote this, he is planning to add all these places to The Mahabharata Circuit.
These are just a very few mythological incidents. Uttarakhand has witnessed way too many mythological legends and stories. And there could be no one else beer than Shri Satpal Maharaj Ji promong Uarakhand. Everybody is well acquainted with his spiritual knowledge and interest in the spiritual side. He is not only familiar with these legendary tales but also well aware about how to make them reach to others. But wait!!! This place is just not about the mysc vibe, the mythology, the legendary tales. The charismatic beauty of Uttarakhand is not hidden. Every place in Uttarakhand will make you fall in love with it. The surreal landscape, The generous Himalayas, The stunning view, The colorful play of nature, Origin of the holiest rivers, the lip smacking traditional food, enchanting history carved in ancient stones and lastly the most important- it’s simple inhabitants; everything will draw you to this place.