About Bhavnath Mahadev Temple:
Located in the foot hills of the Girnar Hills, the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple (Hindu temple) is one of the foremost holy places in Junagadh. It has stood there since ancient times. Visited by religiously minded devotees all along the year it is however best known for being the venue of the famous Bhavnath Fair. Held in the month of Magha as per the Hindu calendar (roughly coincides with January/February).This fair is the meeting point of a large number of people and is celebrated with a great deal of mirth and good cheer. Two festivals are celebrated every year at the Bhavnath Temple. In the month of October-November on the full-moon day, “Parikrama” is held after hoisting of the Dhvaja on this temple.
Often referred to as one of the most sought after holy places of Junagadh in Gujarat, Bhavnath Mahadev temple is situated at the foot of the Girnar Hills. There isn’t much of information on its origin, nevertheless the historic evidences of the temple has been vividly described in many religious sculptures and stories. The place is particularly famous for the Bhavnath fair, which is visited by devotees from around the world. The temple has been believed to have stood here at Junagadh from ancient times.
The Bhavnath Mahadev temple is a shrine ensconced in myths and legends of the Puranic era. The Shiva linga here is said to have emerged of its own divine intention. Reportedly, when Shiva and Parvati were traveling over the Girnar Hills their divine garment fell over the present Mrigi Kund, making this place an auspicious site for lord Shiva worshippers. Even today, the naga bavas are known to bathe in the holy Mrigi Kund before joining the Mahashivaratri procession.
History of Bhavnath Mahadev Temple:
The Bhavnath Mahadeva temple existence dates back to the ancient era and its story is found in the Puranic era. The temple is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva and it is believed that the Shiva Lingam present here was born out of the divine intention of making this place, a place of worship of Lord Shiva. As per the story about the place as mentioned in many Hindu religion scriptures, Once a while Lord Shiva nad his beloved Parvati were crossing the Girnar hills and then inadvertently their sacrosanct garment fell on the Mrigi Kund and from then this place became an auspicious location to worship Lord Shiva. To celebrate the purity of the place, even today, naked sadhus here take bath in the Mrigi Kund before the celebration of Mahashivaratri. The Bhavnath Mahadev temple itself is so ancient that the story of its origin is not known to people.
Every Year at the temple two key festivals are celebrated which include Maha Shivaratri and Lili Parikrama. Bhavnath Temple in Junagadh is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivling here is said to have emerged of its own divine intention. The Bhavnath Mahadev temple existence dates back to the ancient era and its story is found in the Puranic era. According to myth, once a while Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati (Hindu god) were crossing the Girnar hills and then their divine garment fell over the present Mrigi Kund, making this place an auspicious site for Shiva worshippers. Even today, the naga bavas are known to bathe in the holy Mrigi Kund before joining the Mahashivaratri procession. Visited by religious minded devotees all along the year, the shrine witnesses maximum footfalls on two religious occasions - during Maha Shivaratri and 'Girnar Lili Parikrama'. On the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' that is held sometime towards the end of February or beginning of March, Bhavnath fair is organized for 5 days. The fair starts with a procession of 'Naga Bavas' (naked sages) seated on elephants, holding flags and blowing conch shells move towards the temple to participate in the Mahapuja performed at the midnight of Shivaratri. The naga sages before proceeding towards the Bhavnath Mahadev temple take a ritualistic bath in the Mrigi kund. It is firmly believed that Lord Shiva himself visits the shrine on this occasion.
Best Time to Visit:
Every year at the time of Maha Shivaratri in the month of February or March, the temple witnesses a festive mood wherein devotees enthusiastically worship Lord Shiva and take his blessings. As per the Hindu religion, at the midnight of the day of Maha Shivaratri, the place gets decorated and the Naga Sadhus take holy dip into the Mrugi Kund which is believed to be, their way of offering prayer to the Lord Shiva.
Before the puja gets started devotees go around visiting the Girnar hills and many pilgrims from Gujarat, Kutch and Mewar visit the temple. Sellers from Mathura and Ayodhya sell sacred statues and rosaries which attract not only tourists from India but also from other parts of the world.
A strong belief is prevalent that on this day Lord Shiva himself visits the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple. The parikrama or circular travel goes on for five days, covering a distance of about 40 km around the Girnar Mountain. In the month of February-March, on the No-Moon-Day of Magha month, “Maha Shivratri” is celebrated at this temple. The celebration starts after the day of Vijaydashami and it lasts for a period of five days, which concludes on the full moon day. Only after hoisting the Dhaja on the temple, the Lili Parikrama gets started, which is, making the circular travel of about 36 km all around the Girnar Mountain.
Timing for Darshan at Bhavnath Mahadev Temple:
Morning 06:45 Am to Evening 07:10 Pm
The temple is located in the neighbouring area of Girnar mountain range which is near to Girnar Taleti, Gujarat 362004