Parashuram temple

Kumbalgarh in the state of Rajasthan, India is most popular for its fort, the invincible Kumbalgarh Fort. The fort is a just the tip of the iceberg and this wondrous town has amazing places to visit and bowl the visitor with awe and excitement. One of the most amazing of these places is the legendary Parashuram temple.

The Parashuram temple is located inside an ancient cave wherein sage Parashuram dwelt for some time during the Treta yuga. He is also considered to be the 6th avatar of Lord Vishnu. This temple is where he meditated after seeking the blessings of Lord Rama.  To know Lord Parashuram a little better: He is the avatar of Vishnu, pupil of Shiva and the descendant of Lord Brahma himself, so he is also considered to be Trimurti in some parts of India and worshipped thus. He is the only avatar who lived to see and meet His next avatars also, namely Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.

This remote temple down the hill is about 25-30kms from Kumbalgarh or about 14km from Sadri village. The taxi reaches up to a point on the hilltop and then there is a 2-3 km descent from this point to reach this natural beauty in the foothills of aravalli mountain range. The temple is very small and rather out of the way so not many people know about it or visit it either. It had a very worn out and dilapidated look, rather unkempt; with an occasional villager or a rare tourist making the descent or the climb up to return to their hotel. We went, thanks to the resort PR manager and enjoyed the experience.

This temple sits in a cave 3995 feet above sea level and has naturally formed figures of Lord Shiva and his son Lord Ganesh on the rock inside the temple. The temple is also unique, because it is not a temple exactly the way temples traditionally are. There is a natural break and opening in the rock which has a Shivaling; which again is believed to be naturally formed (Swayambhoo) jutting out from the surface of the rock. It is believed that Lord Parashuram used to use this tunnel online casino within the rock to go up to the river’s banks to collect water and return to this cave and worship lord Shiva. On the top is the shape of a cow’s udder where water flows continuously drop by drop and falls on the head of the Shivaling.  The priest will also inform you that the source is from nine kunds or ponds which never go dry (one cannot see the ponds though). It is estimated that approximately nine lakh pilgrims visit this temple annually.
The temple priests as well as the local residents have many stories to narrate which are interesting and insightful. One of them is that till about 75- 80 years ago the udders used to be dripping milk on the lingam. The milk gradually changed to water and during the transition time there was a continuous flow of water and milk, or thin milk as the priests put it. Another belief attached is that if a childless couple prays here and a drop of water falls into their hands while they are praying, they are sure to beget a child blessed by the Lord very soon!

Till the recent past this temple did wear a rather forlorn look but Rajasthan tourism and the popularity of Kumbalgarh Fort has resurged life into this place in heaps and plenty. Festival days like Maha Shivaratri and Shravan are celebrated with a lot of fanfare and rejoicing. A large crowd gathers and pilgrims from nearby places keep coming to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and pray for children and prosperity.

Fairs are organized twice a year, one on the Shravana Shukla shastami and saptami (6th and 7th) usually falling in the August or September when a large fair is held. We went in the middle of June, peak summer but the heat of Kumbalgarh is bearable and this trek can be completed in 3hours time. One should start early and get back to hotel before the sun peeks up. Enjoy and feel exihilarated:-)