Shiv-Bani Mela celebrated with religious fervour -
Shiv-Bani Mela celebrated with religious fervour
Posted 19 Apr 2018 05:11 PM

Hundreds of Nag devotees converged at ancient Vasuki Nag Temple Gatha and Vasak Dera simultaneously to celebrate the birth anniversary of the local deity Lord Vasuki Nag on Wednesday at Bhadarwah.
Beside celebrations at historic Gatha and Vasak Dera temples which according to Vasuki Puran are believed to be the home and Darbar of Lord Vasuki Nag, main function was held at Shiv-Bani meadow temple in Noori – Hanga area to celebrate birth anniversary of Lord Vasuki Nag, the main deity of ancient Naga cult and also to pay obeisance at historic Shiv temple located at a height of 7,000 feet from sea level, in the lush green meadows surrounded with thick coniferous forest to mark the birthday celebration of Nag deity.
In continuation to the traditional celebrations which started a day before Baisakhi with Subar Dhar Mela followed by Nagni and Gatha festival, a symbol of Nag Culture in mountainous Bhadarwah Valley with full religious fervour and gaiety came to an end today with Shiv-Bani festival.
The ancient festival which beside celebrating the birth anniversary of Naga god, also marks the beginning of sowing season in this hilly region after harsh winters symbolises the ancient Naga cult of Bhadarwah.
The devotees and tourists started gathering since early morning with opening of doors of historic Shiv-Bani temple at Noori-Hanga, 10 Km from Bhadarwah town. However, traditional celebrations started in the afternoon with the festival formally declared open by CEO, Bhadarwah Development Authority, Rajinder Khajuria which was followed by ancient ‘Dekhu dance’.
“According to our belief, the Shiv-ling was installed here by Pandavas during their exile period, so this place is of historic importance, besides everybody is enjoying the traditional Dekhu dance in the mundane beauty of this place. Although we tried to facilitate the visitors on our own but government, especially BDA should come forward to provide basic infrastructure and develop this place as major tourist attraction,” said the chief organiser of the festival, Thakur Yudhvir Singh adding that the place can become a trekkers paradise, if developed.
According to the figures available, a total of 5,000 devotees had Darshan at the ancient temple including 3,500 women.
“I make it a point to join the festivities here every year as for me, this is the most beautiful place and I also get an opportunity to witness the unique culture. I couldn’t stop myself joining this traditional Dekhu dance, as I have been dancing since last one hour and this gave me a big high. As after five months of dull life, during which we mostly remain indoors due to harsh climatic conditions and snow, this festival which marks the spring and sowing season not only rejuvenates us but also gives us the chance to meet our relatives and friends besides all our wishes are fulfilled by Lord Vasuki Nag,” said Komal Manhas, a young devotee.

“This event can surely be showcased as a major attraction under cultural tourism beside this place can also be developed for forest trekking and we are soon going to build basic infrastructure and promote this area in a big way,” said CEO, BDA, Rajinder Prasad Khajuria.

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