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Bhagsunath Temple

Bhagsunag Temple, Mcleodganj Overview

Surrounded by lovely pools and lush greenery, the Bhagsunag Temple is one of the oldest ancient temples located about 3 kilometres from Mcleodganj. Also popularly known as Bhagsunath Temple, it is highly revered by the local Gorkha and Hindu community. The two pools around the temple are believed to be sacred and are considered to contain miraculous powers of healing.

The grand temple is also surrounded by major tourist attractions, such as the Dal Lake and the Kotwali Bazaar. In fact, the Bhagsunath Temple is situated on the way to the famous Bhagsu Waterfalls, and thus tourists make it a point to stop by at the temple and seek the blessings of the Almighty before they proceed further on their journey.

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History of Bhagsunag Temple

According to popular legends, Nag Devta or the Snake God was enraged when King Bhagsu dared to steal water from the sacred Nag Dal Lake that is located in Mcleodganj. Later, King Bhagsu repented his deeds and built the temple to seek forgiveness from the Snake God. The Bhagsunath Temple, thus, is built in reverence of the Nag Devta.

According to certain other legends, it is widely believed and accepted that the Bhagsunag Temple is a result of the patronage that was offered by a specific Gorkha community that is known by the name of Bhagsuwala, after the name of the God Bhagsunag. It is also believed that the community members built the two pools of water that are located here with tiger-head spouts. The construction of the double-storey wooden house that is located here for the pilgrims to stay is also credited to the same community.

Things To Do at Bhagsunath Temple

-Take a dip in the chilly waters of the holy pond, which is also known as the 'jalkund'.

-There is also a well-maintained swimming pool for the general public in front of the sacred pond, where you can enjoy a swim.

-After offering prayers, you can either proceed to the Bhagsunag Waterfalls or merely sit back and enjoy the stillness and tranquillity of the temple and its vicinity.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bhagsunath Temple is in September when the annual fair takes place here that attracts a large number of tourists from all across the region. The colourful celebrations and festive spirit ensure that the temple remains crowded throughout the day during the time of the fair.

How To Reach Bhagsunag Temple

The Bhagsunath Temple is located at a distance of just 2 kilometres from the Mcleodganj Bus Stand, from where you can either walk down to the temple or hire a cab to take you there. The temple is also easily accessible from all other parts of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj by a taxi.

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