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About Bhagsunath Temple

The ancient Bhagsunath Temple is situated at a distance of about 3 km from McLeod Ganj. The origin of this Shiva Temple revolves around a mythical legend according to which a great fight broke in between demon King Bhagsu and the Snake God (Nag). The reason for this fight was Nag Devta getting raged at King Bhagsu stealing water from his sacred Nag Dal Lake. Later, as an apology, Bhagsu built the temple to seek forgiveness form the snake, God. According to another legend, the shrine was patronage of a specific Gorkha community called Bhagsuwala (named after God Bhagsuwala). It is said that it was these rulers who built two pools here that the shrine is famous for. These two tiger-headed spouts are believed to have healing properties. An annual fair takes place in the temple during the month of September. The colorful celebrations held during that month make September the best time to visit Bhagsunath Temple. A number of hotels and eating joints surround this temple, so it mostly remains crowded. Visitors come in to offer prayers and take a refreshing dip in the mineral rich and chilling waters of the ‘jalkund’or holy pond. In front of this holy pond, there is also a well maintained public swimming pool. Nearby attractions are the Dal Lake, Kotwali Bazar and Bhagsu Falls.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Anytime
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Family, Couple, Solo
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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