of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the ancient Bhagsunag Temple dedicated to
Lord Shiva. There is a natural stream that continually fills the pools of this lovely
Bhagsu Nag Mandir is an ancient temple believed to be built in Treta Yug
(around 9,100 years ago) bu King Bhagsu of Rajasthan. Once during his reign
there was a severe drought in his capital, Ajmer. His subjects, represented by
their local chiefs, threatened to abandon the kingdom if the situation persisted.
Concerned for his people the king set out in pursuit of water. Three days of his
quest lead him to the holy Naagdal Lake, situated at a height of approx. 18,000
ft. This area was inhabited by the rulers of the Naag Dynasty. The Naags are
powerful religio-mythical snakes of the King Cobra species that are considered
demi-gods and are companions, also adornments, of Lord Shiva. The lake is
thought by the locals to be sacred and to have medicinal properties. Being a
wizard and adept in magic, King Bhagsu put all the water of Naag Dal Lake into
his kamandalu ( magic pot). He then started a journey back to his province in
Rajasthan. But it was late in the evening so he decided to stay for the night at
the place where the Bhagsu Naag Temple is now situated.
Meanwhile, the local King Naag Shankar and other locals were shocked
to see the lake empty within less than a few hours. They followed his footprints
and reached the place where King Bhagsu was staying. There and then a battle
ensued between King Naag Shankar and King Bhagsu. During the fight the
vessel containing the lake's water fell to the ground and turned into natural
streams and waterfalls. Being a devotee and manifestation of Lord Shiva,
king Naag Shankar was a divine being and virtually invincible. King Bhagsu
realized this after he was defeated. he asked for forgiveness, grace, and
blessings from King Naag Shankar. He also prayed that his kingdom be
granted water resources. Naag Shankar gave him a boon that from henseforth
the place would be known and referred to by King Bhagsu's name first, and
subsequently by his name, Naag Shankar. Thus, this place came to be called
In the beginning of Kali Yuga, approx. 5,100 years ago, King Dharam
Chand was directed in a dream by Lord Shiva to build a temple here to bring
prosperity to the region. Both Dharamshala and Dharamkot have been named
after this king Dharam Chand.
A short distance from the Temple one reaches this entrance spot...and sees
that the Waterfall is at quite a distance! It's actually this long but lovely walk
around this Himalayan mountain! Down below one can see people, among
them monks, having a holy bath in the flowing stream!!
Here, closer to the waterfall, are also these blue-covered huts.
When I told Swami Jnananandaji that I was
staying this Summer at Dharamkot, just above
McLeod Ganj, Swamiji said that he had been living
here for some time very long ago, in his youth.
He then told me that there was a holy waterfall
where he used to bath and that many Tibetan monks
also used to come there for a holy bath.
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