Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar Temple, Guptkashi, Uttarakhand

Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar Temple, Guptkashi, Uttarakhand

Naveen Devshali one of the temple care-taker and I with curiosity to know more. Upon query he shared the History of Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar temple:

Vishwanath temple is the temple where Lord Shankar disappear and swayambhu (self-manifested) shivalaya appeared.

It is said when Pandavs killed their brothers Kaurav during Kurukshetra war sin was done i.e., Pitra Hatya (killing own family members). Lord Krishna suggested Pandavs to visit Kedar-Khand and pray in-front of Lord Shiva. He will only offer Mukti (salvation) for the sin done. Pandav reached KedarKhand (Haridwar-Himalayas) in-search of Lord Shankar but the moment Lord was aware about their presence he disappear from the meditating location and move towards Kedarnath. Lord was not willing to meet Pandavas because he thought as Dwapar Yug is about to end and Kalyug will start soon, if Pandavs will be given Mukti then in-future i.e., Kalyug people will repeat such killing acts and will request for the Mukti (salvation).

Because Lord Shankar was meditating at this location and disappear at this very location the area was named as Guptkashi. Kashi is another name of Lord Shankar and Gupt is hidden.

As Lord Shankar was not present Pandavs with bow & arrow pierced the land to flow holy stream of Ganga and Jamuna to offer water to dead ancestors i.e., Pitra-Puja. The two water flow present within the temple is Ganga and Jamuna.  The hidden flow path is not yet known but within the temple near the shivalaya Ganga is again visible a lit bit. Ganga is coming from Gangotri and Yamuna from Yamnotri.

There is another temple within the area i.e., Ardhnareshwar temple. It is believed Lord Parwati convinced Lord Shankar to appear in-front of meditating Pandavs. Lord appeared finally in the form of half Shankar and half Parwati to bless Pandavs i.e., why named as Ardhnareshwar (half man/half woman).

And I look around – old structure, old wooden door, old mud walls existence. Happy very Happy. Old is preserved very well and towards the shivalaya. Prayers, donations and words of  Thanks – Thank you Naveen ji.