Pindeshwor Temple Dharan Nepal: – Dharan is among the two sub-metropolitan cities in the No.1 Province of Nepal, in the Sunsari District. It is situated at the base of the Mahabharat Range in the north with its southern tip touching the edge of the Terai area at an altitude of 1148 ft (349m).
It serves as a trading place between the hilly area and the plains of the Terai region. It was once the location of the recruitment center for the Gurkha Brigade, opened in 1953. The recruitment center was closed and the campus is now home to BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences since 1993.
Dharan organized the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Dharan on January 28 – 31, 2011, marking the 50th year of the foundation of the village. It is the second-largest city in eastern Nepal. It is also known as the soccer/production football player factory of Nepal.
Dharan began as a small commercial settlement. Over the past few decades, the Dharan population has grown and diversified to include people from different ethnic groups such as Limbu, Brahmins, Chhetris, Rai, Gurung, Newar, Sunuwar, and Yakha.
The foundation of modern Dharan was laid in 1902 by Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher. He founded a small village at the foot of the Bijayapur Hill and named it Chandranagar (now Purano Bajar). The purpose was to supply timber to the East Indian Company, which in 1890 expanded its northeastern territory and was laying railroad tracks.
The first government official to be appointed in this small village is Subba Ratna Prasad. The settlement steadily grew over time. This growing settlement was named Juddha Nagar (now Naya Bazaar) after Prime Minister Juddha Shamsher. It was declared an urban city in 1960.
The British Gurkha Recruit Center was founded in 1953 and this increased movement of people and expansion of the city. Recruits from all over Nepal flocked to join the British Gurkhas, drastically changing the face of Dharan.
There has been an increase in the population of recruits bringing their families. And others who have come to seek employment and take advantage of business opportunities. As a result, Dharan proved to be one of the largest cities in eastern Nepal. It is in the true sense a melting pot of different ethnicities, languages, dialects, and religions.
The name Dharan is Nepali, which literally means the place where one saws wood. A typical Dharan is constructed to dig a rectangular plot of 5 to 6 feet deep. This hole is large and deep enough for adults to comfortably move around.
The platform is designed to cover half of the opening. Wood is placed on this platform and a two-man group. One standing on the platform and the other in the dugout to continue lumber with a large knife. This is a very laborious and dangerous process.
Dharan is a beautiful city of Nepal. There are many things to see in Dharan. There is a clock tower near the bus park in Dharan. The clock tower and statue of Bhanubhakta Acharya are the Hallmark of Dharan. There is an earthquake memorial.
The name of the deceased men who were killed during the earthquake of 2045 Bhadra 5 unscripted on 12 ft high column. Dharan which has gained fame as a city of Lahure, black Bangur (pig) and fashion, is a common flower garden of various ethnicities including Limbu, Newar, Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, Bahun.
Dharan is the gateway for Dhankuta, Bhojpur, Panchthar, Tehrathum, Sankhuwasabha and other hilly districts. Dharan has immense potential for tourism.
There are more than a hundred hotels, lodges, and restaurants to eat/stay. It was good to plan a two-night stay in Dharan. Dharan is self-contained. Dharan is protected by the earthquake of 2072. Bhedetar at a distance of 17 km from Dharan is cool throughout the year.
There is much to bring from Dharan as a gift. Taplejunge churpee, Pig dried meat, Rudraksha, Rye greens, Akbare peppers, Sidra and handicrafts, etc. Dharan has extensive parks and gardens. These consists of Saptarangi Park, Sakela Park, Panchakanya Park, Yalamber Park, Hariyali Park.
Most people think that the three temples in Dharan are Pindeshwari, Budhasubba, and Dantkali only. Nearly as important as these temples are other temples in the area. Bijayapur is covered with many temples.
But, many do not know about it. About three kilometers northeast of Dharan is the crown of Dharan named Bijayapur. Panchakanya temple is as important as Pindeshwar in Dharan.
There are temples in the vicinity of the Bijayapur area. Temples have been built during the Panchayat period and Rana period. Temples of archeological importance are in the need of restoration. Only the Pindeshwar Temple complex has 16 other temples.
Gadi Ganesh Temple in Bijayapur area, Balamba Pindeshwar Bhagwati Temple, located at Pindeshwar Temple Complex. Bhimsen Temple, Vidyawasini Devi Temple, Sahili Bahini Temple, Guptawasini Devi, Radhakrishna Temple, Hanuman Temple, Lakshminarayan Temple, Shreeram Mandir, Balbhadreshwor temple and Singh Devi temple are all located in Bijayapur.
Similarly, the temples like Chandreshwar Shivalay, Siddhivinayak Ganesh Temple, Siddheshwar Mahadev, Sinha bahini Temple, Shiva Temple are only in Bijayapur area of Dharan. Even the temples that existed are ignored by the local devotees.
The recently constructed Mugadevi temple in Dharan also exists. Bijayapur has its own significance. In view of its history, Bijayapur has been habituated before the construction of the city of Dharan. Bijayapur is thought to have been inhabited by humankind before 200 years. Because there is a history of the agreement of Prithvi Narayan Shah with the kings of Limbuwan in 1831.
The economic backbone of Dharan is Bijayapur bit there is a lack of enough publicity. Pindeshwor, Budhasubba, and Dantakali alone attract millions of internal and external tourists every year. If only Hindu pilgrims are able to enter, then there will be no disagreement with the development and tourism of Dharan.
About Pindeshwor Temple
Nepal is the beloved land of Lord Bholenath. Shivaji, who is married to Parvati, daughter of Himalayas, started living here in the Himalayas. Therefore, the country of the Himalayas is the beloved region of Shivji.
Among them, the Pashupati area, the Halesi area, Pindeshwar area are considered to be the best places for worship because of Shiva’s residence. Pindeshwar Babadham in the eastern Dharan is a famous area for Shiva worship. Its importance is described in the Skandha Purana and Rudraksharanya Mahatmya.
Pindeshwor Temple is situated in Dharan Sub-Prefecture in eastern Nepal’s Sunsari. Pindeshwor Mahadev Babadham is the most famous Bolbam Mandir In Nepal. Every Monday in the month of Shrawan, a large number of devotees from different places come barefoot to pay tribute and faith to Lord Shiva with holy water from the Koshi River.
It is believed that a devotee’s wishes and desires will come true if they offer water from Saptakoshi and Koka River at Barahashetra temple and Kaushiki Tat water at Pindeshwor Shivalaya. In Pindeshwor Temple the oil lamps are kept burning incessantly.
The Pindeshwar Temple complex, considered to be older than the temple of Pashupatinath, has been considered as a symbol of ancient Haridwar Shiva. The Pindeshwar Temple is located at Bijayapur in Dharan.
According to legend, the gods brought the nectar-filled jar of churning sea hiding from the demons to this place. It is explained in the Puranas and the Scriptures that it was then founded as Shivling. In this temple, the worship of Lord Shankar is performed in the form of Amritpind Pindeshwar.
In this temple, during the month of Shravan, water from the Koshi river of Chatara used for bathing and offering water to Lord Shiva. So this month, millions of devotees from all over the country and India visit this temple.
History of origin of Pindeshwor Temple
Who, when and how the physical structure of the temple of Pindeshwar Mahadev originated has not been revealed clearly.
However, the late Professor Guru Chandramani Adhikari wrote in an article, the earliest record found so far in the Pindeshwar area is the inscription on the temple Pinnacle. It is mentioned that the temple was renovated in the year 1879 B. S.
The temple, which was renovated this year, appears to have been built earlier. There are two bells that are hanged in the vicinity of the temple. Guru Adhikari’s article states that Rajendra Bikram Shah and Bhimasen Thapa hanged one Bell in the year 1885 B. S. And Junga Bahadur Rana hanged another Bell in the year 1909.
There is a well on the west side of Saraswati Kund. The formation of the well on the mountain must also be astonishing. Locals use well water for their domestic purposes. There is a mystery about this well as well.
Glory and Importance of Pindeshwor Temple
The glory of Pindeshwar Temple is different and significant compared to other Shiva temples in Nepal. Each temple has its own specialty and importance.
Pindeshwar Baba Dham, located in Vijaypur, Dharan, can be seen as a model of medieval art, also has its own specialty and importance. Here every year about 7 to 8 lakh devotees come to perform puja with devotion. In the month of Shrawan, about 4 lakhs devotees come to offer water to Shiva.
Under the Skandapurana of Rudrakshan Mahamatya describes the origin of Pindeshwar Baba Dham. The Pindeshwar complex is commonly referred to as the forest of Rudraksha.
Similarly, during the churning of the sea, various objects came out, as well as nectar. After removing the nectar by selecting those objects, it is said that the deities made the pile of those objects in this place and began to worship that pile.
There is a religious belief that in every corner of the world if the garland of Rudraksha is used for the purpose of harvesting the fruit. Then the Rudraksha should be brought to Pindeshwar Baba Dham and recite the mantra formally.
Here, pilgrims come from various places of West Nepal to India with the belief that their will and desire will be fulfilled. Their aspirations for success in business, prosperity, employment, offspring, long life, etc. Would be fulfilled.
In the past, two miraculous Guru and Disciple named Baramber and Chitamber have been living in this area, according to researchers here. Since they were Shiva devotees, and lived and worshiped in Pindeshwar premises. After their death, their funeral was held inside the temple and Shiva linga was established near their tomb.
Due to the archeological patterns of the medieval era in this temple, Pindeshwar Baba Dham’s fame can be easily understood even in the medieval period.
In the southern part of the temple is the temple of Pindeshwar Bhagwan. There are temples including Ganesh Astbhuja. Likewise, outside the main temple, there is a temple of Hanuman, Saraswati, and Santoshimata. Within this Pindeshwar area is the Saraswati Kun, and the Pindeshwar campus where Sanskrit teaching is done.
Historically, religiously and culturally, Pindeshwar is considered as one of the most vital sites in the East. Handi is arranged for the saints who come to attend the fair of Barahashetra in Pindeshwor in the month of Kartik.
However, the pottery of Maha Kumbh Mela, which is to be used in Chatara every 12 years, has to be set up in this temple. And fire should be brought from Ramdhuni when the fire of Akhand Jyoti in Pindeshwar Temple is extinguished. And when the fire of the Jyoti of ramdhuni temple dies.
Then the fire should be brought from pindeshwor. So Barahashetra, pindeshwor, and ramdhuni are associated with each other. The fair is held at Bala Chaturdashi, Shivratri, and teej in the pindeshwor temple.
One day before offering water to Babadham, the devotees bring holy water from the confluence of the Saptakoshi and Koka rivers in Barahashetra. According to the committee, the devotees believe that by offering water at Babadham on the lower altar of Bijayapur every Monday of Shrawan.
One could achieve all the religious merits of one life. According to Hindu religious texts, it is mentioned that devotees self peace and prosperity by offering water on Amritpind Pindeshwar Shivling, located in Rudraksharanya area.
Lord Shiva tends to be pleased early by offering water here. Since Pindeshwar Babadham is the main focal point for religious tourism, Dharan has been incorporating it in its various schemes.
This serene area of Koshi and Kokoh coast is an important area in the east, it is the responsibility of all to protect and promote it. Since our culture is our identity, protecting it will protect its identity.
Why water is offered to Pindeshwor Shiva Linga bright from Barahashetra?
In the Brahma Purana, Barahapurana and Skandapurana, Barahashetra has been mentioned as the most ancient and miraculous Dham. This sacred site, even mentioned in the Mahabharata, is one of the oldest, most sacred and famous shrines in Nepal.
The sacred Dham is 25 km from Dharan Sunsari which can be accessed through the Jhumka of Mahendu Highway. The Dhama, which is the sacred confluence of the rivers Kokaha and Koshi, is supernatural. Baraha which means pig is believed to be the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu is worshipped here.
The present temple of this place is said to have been built in the year 1991 B. S. The renovation of the temple was done in the initiative of Juddha Shamsher after the temple was destroyed by the earthquake of 1990 B. S. Before renovation the temple was made from stone and chunsurki in Singh and Pagoda style and was 22 ft. High. It had a roof of clay tiles.
According to archaeologists, the black statue of the temple is more than 5,000 years old and the statues in other temples are of the ninth century. The description of the idols is found in the mythological texts as well. Similarly, Buddha Gupta also renovated the temple and Bhimsen Thapa erected 158 stairs leading to Koshi.
Here, Prithvi Narayan Shah gave jewelry and Veer Shamsher offered Bella in 1949 B. S. In the Barahakshetra, Kartik’s Haribodhani fair is held from Ekadashi to Purnima. The fair has presented Barahashetra as a model of religious tourism.
There are 9 temples and many hospices in Barahakshetra including Laxmi, Panchayan, Guruvarah, Suryavarah, Kokawarah, and Nageshwar. There are sculptures dating back to 1500 years.
Pindeshwar Dham is an ancient pilgrimage located on the hill of Vijaypur. According to legend, pottery of Amrit(nectar) emanated in the process of sea churning by demons and Gods.
The byproducts of Amrit then turned into the shape of Pinda(ball) and installed in Bijayapur. The pinda however increased in size threatening to cover the earth. So after the pleading of gods to Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva then blessed the Pinda and he himself resided in the Pinda.
There gods then bathed in the koahi river and offered water of Koshi on the Pinda. Therefore the Pindeshwor Dham is also known as the Lord Shiva residence.
Water is brought by devotees from Chatara located 17 km west from Dharan. Some devotees even travel 7 km further to Barahashetra which is known as the area of confluence of two important rivers Koshi and Koka. There devotees offer water to Baraha(Lord Vishnu) and then bring the water to offer to Pindeshwor.
According to Dharan tourism expert Vasudev Baral, pilgrims from different parts of Nepal, India, and Bhutan arrive in Dharan. Therefore, the development of integrated religious tourism in Pindeshwar, Barahakshetra, and Chatradham is essential.
Balasanta Mohan Sharan Devacharya, the first Jagadguru of Nepal, has identified Chatara as an ancient Haridwar. He has been living in Chataradham since 2054 B. S. In his ashram. The Hari (Vishnu) residence is called Haridwar and it is on the way to Barahashetra. So Barahashetra is called Haridwar.
It is mentioned in the scriptures that Vishnu organized a fair on the Kaushiki coast. In memory of him, Devacharya held the Kumbh Pindeshwar Festival on Chatara on Baisakh from 2059.
Chatara has 59 ft. Height Kumbha Stambha. Chatradham has heritage properties including Olia Math, Radha Sarveshwar Temple, Shiva Temple, Havan Kund, and old age home.
Visitors coming to Barahashetra stay one night at Chatara. Chatra Bazaar has general food and lodging facilities. From there, one can reach Barahashetra walking along the shore of the Koshi river.
The raw motorway has been opened till Barah. Barah Avatar is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to the story, the Hiranyaksha demon has stolen the earth and brought it to hell.
At the same time, Vishnu takes an avatar to protect the earth and the Vedas. After destroying the giants, he remains at the confluence of the Koka and the Kaushiki River.
Among the Hindu religions, the Barah region is of great importance. The four major dams of Hinduism are Kurukshetra, Harihar area, Muktishetra, and Barahashetra. For the sake of the ancestors, bathing is performed at the confluence of Koka and Koshi rivers.
On the banks of the river is the temple of Barah. The temple is surrounded by greenery. Natural beauty is abundant. Sadly, the river bank’s entire temple area is at risk. Koshi has been chopping the land near the temple every year. General food and lodging are found in the town.
Five hundred people can stay at night. There are also some hospices. No luxurious hotels, however. You should return to Dharan for a comfortable stay and food. From Dharan to Chatara and Barahashetra and back to Dharan can be done in a day in a reserved vehicle.
Barashakash is not only religious but also a very important tourist area. The breathtaking view of the Saptakoshi and the panoramic view of the mountains all around may captivate anyone.
Origin Site of Rudraksha is Pindeshwar
Pindeshwar Mahadev is of great importance in the Hindu religion. As described in the Rudraksharanya Mahatmya of the Himadari section of the Skanda Maha Purana (Himwat). The gods and demons began churning the sea with the goal of immortality.
After they receive the nectar, Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini deceived demons and Gabe the nectar to Gods. At the behest of Vishnu and Brahma, the god left the remaining nectar which the gods installed here in the shape of Pinda(ball).
The threat of Earth being covered by the increased size of the Pinda arose. So Mahadev himself came to Pinda after being praised by the gods and the name became Pindeshwar Mahadev.
Bol bom devotees bring water from Koshi to Pindeshwar. This custom is believed to have been initiated by the gods. The west side of the temple is called Saraswati Kund.
According to Rudraksharanya Mahatmya, Goddess Saraswati had dug the well and offered water to Mahadev. However, the tradition of offering Koshi water collectively in Pindeshwar started only after 2039 B. S.
Credit goes to Lakshmiprasad Acharya, the late poet. He discusses the tradition of offering water on pindeshwor in his book named Deshko Mato Deshko Dhungama. For the first time, 31 people started this tradition by calling it Bolbam. It has become widespread.
Millions of Bolbam devotees come to Pindeshwar to offer water in the month of July. India used to be the destination of Nepali pilgrims. Now Pindeshwar has become the destination for the Indian pilgrims. The vision of Pindeshwar fulfills the aspiration. There is a belief that happiness, peace, and Shivloka will be achieved after the end of this life.
The reason for offering water to Shiva is also interesting. During the churning of the sea, halahal poison came on the earth. The world was in awe. However, with a joint prayer of Dev and Demon, Lord Shiva drank this poison and kept it in his throat. Shiva suffered unbearable pain.
Shiva is said to have given pure milk or water to soothe this pain. The glory of Pindeshwar cannot be overstated. This place is also known as the Rudraksharana area. The temple itself is also called Rudraksharanya Pindeshwar.
As mentioned in the Rudraksharanya Mahatmya, an asura named Tripur caused great pain to the gods. Lord Shiva put an end to Tripura in the form of Rudra. In that war that lasted ten thousand years, Lord Rudravatar Shiva came to the Vijayapur area after the slaughter of Tripurasur. He rested here in anger, All of Shivaji’s devotees sang praises and thanked him.
Bholenath was delighted with the prayers of anyone, but he was very pleased and four tears of joy fell from Shradavatar Shivaji’s tears. The tears of joy of Shiva (Rudra) became germinated and the tree grew. The same four trees spread to become the forest.
Therefore, this area is called Rudra Tear Arashya (Rudraksharanya). Because this place is the origin of Rudraksha, wearing the Rudraksha of this place is said to be very fruitful. Or, even touching the Rudraksha of some other place on pindeshwor linga is said to be auspicious.
After that, the dewy deities from the churning of the sea bathed in Saptakosi and worshiped Shivaji by offering water of Saptakosi at Pindeshwar, a tradition which is still intact. It is now known as Bolbam Mela. The traditions that have been practiced since the time of the deity are celebrated on Monday of Shrawan month.
From the Saptakosi river located at Chatradham, the ancient Haridwar, 20 km west of here, the ochre-colored clothes wearing devotees offer water to Pindeshwar. Each year, the number of devotees holding a vesture is increasing. Millions of devotees queue up on Sundays evening. They offer water, pronouncing the simplest name of God, Bolbam.
Along with the water of Saptakosi, belpatra, milk, datura flower, and rudraksha garland are also offered in Pindeshwar. Rudraksha’s garland should be taken home as a prasad. Rudraksha, offered and touched in Pindeshwar, is believed to be very effective and alive.
However, in this area of Rudrakshana, Rudraksha plants have disappeared. There are only about 5 rudraksha plants in the temple premises. Many devotees and especially traders come to this place to take the Rudraksha and sell them elsewhere at high prices.
Pindeshwor Babadham important for Saraswati worship
The Saraswati Sarobar located on the premises of the Pindeshwor Temple has the mythological importance that is mentioned in various purans and Vedas. It is believed that the Sarobar was duh by the goddess herself and she offered water to the Pindeshwor Shiva Linga.
So if small children who are going to start reading and writing for the first time, done near the bank of this Sarobar. Then the children turned to be wise and intelligent.
Therefore, the Babadham committee has been organizing the Akhshyarambha(beginning of the study) program for many years now. The committee urged all the parents to bring their children to start writing letters near the Saraswati Sarobar. The committee also made arrangements for scholars and prasadas for children to start writing letters.
Conservation and Promotion of Pindeshwor
Pindeshwar Dham is located at Dharan, a tourist destination about 10 km from Biratnagar. The influx of domestic and external tourists is increasing here. There is a crowd of worshipers and visitors to Pindeshwar Dham. The temple of Pindeshwar Mahadev is located in the Dharan sub-metropolitan city-Vijaypur.
The natural environment here has made the tourists happy. Pindeshwar is more crowded than ever in the month of Shrawan. Devotees have been offering water along with the worship. There is a public belief that worshipping here all the wishes will be fulfilled. About 4 lakhs Religious tourists enter Dharan in the month of Shrawan alone.
Most of them are internal tourists. Devotees also come from Bihar, Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Bhutan. The number of external religious tourists is negligible. India is a large neighboring country to the south. The majority of the people there believe in Hinduism. Only a small number of the population visit here.
However, so far the religious significance of Pindeshwar and Bolbam has not been publicized. The pilgrims of India (religious tourists) come by reservation or in their own car. After offering water on Pindeshwor Linga, they return.
There are many religious monasteries in and around Dharan. The accommodation of the internal and external tourists can be extended by creating attractive packages.
Despite the historic glory of Pindeshwor, its propaganda has not been properly managed. Pindeshwor, which originated the Rudraksha of mythological significance, originated from the tears of Lord Shiva, has been described in the scriptures as Rudraksharanya.
Although it is a religious pilgrimage site of great importance to the people who believe that Shiva is the center of faith. Shiva’s propagation of his glory has been limited to Dharan and its surroundings.
Religious tourist arrivals are likely to increase if the Hindu pilgrims travel to places like Varanasi, Haridwar and other places and inform about Pindeshwor Dham.
Informing the pilgrims who come for Bolbam in Shrawan about Dantkali, Budasubba, Panchkanya, Barahakshetra, Bishnupaduka, Ramdhuni, Shivajatta can encourage them to visit the place. Every year a fair is also organized in the place.
At that time the tourists can be notified about all the monasteries. Installing stalls, and spreading leaflets and brochures can be the best strategy for the publicity. There are travel agencies that are limited to the sales of air tickets only. Even the Babadham Committee has not been able to publicize about the temple so far.
The Pindeswara Babadham Committee, despite the importance of Pindeshwor, has not been able to get proper publicity. The Pindeshwor Temple is run by the Guthi Institute. The temple management committee never takes any initiative to manage the millions of visitors who come in Shravan.
With the help of the donors in the sole effort of the Babadham Management Committee, the management of the devotees are arranged who have come to the temple. The offerings and donations made by the devotees to the temple can alone see to the function of the management, renovation, and preservation of the temple.
But the offerings made by the devotees are not accounted for by any responsible bodies. There, the priests take all the offerings offered by the devotees. In addition, the people of the area have expressed their opinion that only if responsible authorities show interest in temple management. Then the only number of religious tourists can be increased.
It has been years that the prospect of tourism regarding Dharan has been discussed. However, traders and residents are not tourists friendly. There are usually five Mondays in the month of Shrawan. Millions of devotees come to visit Pindeshwar.
However, Dharan’s market closed on Monday. Religious tourists who want to shop are disappointed after the water is offered at the temple. The Sunsari Chamber of Commerce tried to open the market but it did not succeed. Traders and businessmen think that tourists who come on bol bam don’t spend much. So there is no economic benefit to them.
At the Bolbam fair, there is a temporary bazaar outside the Pindeshwar Temple. Some flower, prasad and garland shops run all year round. About the financial impact of Bolbam in Dharan, the temple was surveyed at the retail shops in the year 2068/69.
It was reported that those shops have done half a million business in July. If there was such a business in retail, the pilgrims would have to shop. The markets will be able to make millions of businesses when the market opened. Only then would the slogan of tourism be meaningful.
Dharanis should remove their indifference towards the temple. They should not just make the temple a place of earning. The ancient culture must be preserved as a heritage. If tourism is to be developed then it should be infrastructure development.
The archeological department must also investigate the temple’s antiquity. The biggest problem here is peace and security. The temple and the devotees have no security. The Pathik poet mentions that there are thousands of bighas of land, but these lands of the temple have been encroached upon. The state should invest.
Millions of devotees come. But there is no living environment. It is the tradition of the tourists to come here, worship, and return. It should be broken into a religious package. If the required package, peace, and security offered to the tourists. Then the pilgrims coming to Bolbam reach Barahakshetra, Bishnupaduka, Ramdhuni, Shivajatta.
Then they can have one or two days’ stay in Dharan. Hotels business increases. The business of transport can also be operated. Tourists should also be made aware. Keeping the stall at the fair, it should be preached and packaged to go to this place. In Kartik, a grand fair is organized in Barahashetra. In Paush, the fair is held in Vishnupaduka.
On the day of Ram Navami, the fair is held at Ramdhuni. These fairs should likewise be preached about other religious destinations. For this, a coordination committee should be formed between all these monasteries.
In the name of tourism, more should be done than just to increase the crowd. Religious tourists should be attracted to spend. Pindeshwar Temple is a tourism product in itself. Bolbam should also be a product.
The businessmen here should abandon the notion that only people who do not spend money on bol bam come and open the market on Monday. Most of the devotees who come for the Bolbam are from the interior and rural areas.
They will return home soon. But, Indians want to come to Pindeshwar and Dantkali. They have to create an atmosphere for them to live in, to take them to other temples. By promoting Bolbam as a product and promoting it to the nearest Indian city, there are many economic benefits to promoting the business.
Some positive measures are taken in Pindeshwor complex for the convenience of the devotees
Keeping in view the convenience of the devotees, Pindeshwor Babadham Committee has started Maha arati in Pindeshwor Temple Complex. The arti that used to be performed only in India has forced the devotees to visit India in the past.
The committee informed that it will be carried out on a long-term basis with the production of Pandit on the local level. As the problems arose in the Maha arati started by the Pandits from Banaras. The committee has also informed that this Maha arati will be performed throughout the year.
For the first time in 2074 B. S. Month of Shrawan, Maha arati was conducted in the Pindeshwor Dham by the Pandits from Banaras. Currently, under the coordination of local pandit Pratap Bhattarai, Maha arati has been performed in the temple.
The Aarti, which will be organized by the Pindeshwar Babadham Committee, has caused to forget the arati of Banaras. The arati has been managed by the commitment. It is imperative to establish Babadham Aarti as the pride of Dharan by participating by all the castes, religions and ethnicity.
Similarly, in view of security, there is a CC camera installed in the temples of Dharan-Vijayapur. In the initiation of the Babadham Committee, 4 CC cameras have been installed in different parts of the temple, targeting the devotees who come to the temple.
The connected CC camera is targeted at four parts. The Ganesh Temple, the Saraswati Sarovar, Inside and outside the complex of the Pindeshwor temple. With the connection of the CC camera, the number of devotees has increased year by year.
As devotees bring the water from Koshi to Pindeshwor and stand in line, it has become easier to provide the rescue and protection to them with the connection of the CC camera.
Air-conditioning equipment has been installed after a lack of fresh air in the Shivling room inside Pindeshwar Babadham. As the main temple where devotees worship and offer water to the Shiva Linga is dome shaped. Many devotees could not breathe properly due to the lack of fresh air. So for their convenience, AC has been installed.
With the rise of devotees in Babadham every year, the Dharan Manihari and Gift Trade Association took the initiation. So Ashok Agarwal, who lives in Biratnagar, has installed 5 tonnes of AC worth Rs 50,000 in the name of his late father Tejpal Agrawal.
As devotees enter the temple, the devotees are beginning to feel relaxed and cool. Otherwise weaker people, especially women, children, and older ones were more likely to become unconscious.
Volunteers are also mobilized to ensure the safety of the devotees, along with treatment facilities for the sick devotees. There is a provision for lighting from the generator in case of load shedding.
In the past, due to lack of toilets, Bolbam devotees latrines in the premises of the temple. So the committee has constructed additional toilets. The committee has also constructed and renovated all the physical infrastructure of the committee through voluntary donations from the Bolbam devotees. With the same donation, this year, five huts were also constructed.
The committee has placed a knowledgeable hoarding board of the monastery temple which has religious importance in the east around the temple.
The babadham committee has not only hanged the hoarding boards of Dharan Bijayapur but of all the temples of province number 1. The information desk was kept with the purpose of giving information about the important monasteries in the east, emphasizing the development of religious tourism along with the increase of devotees.
In view of security, Janpath police, armed police, traffic police for traffic management, volunteers have been deployed.
Pindeshwor Temple is not only in the need for conservation and preservation. But it’s tradition and originality also need to be protected and publicized.
By Ankur Pradhan