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Temples & Legends of Himachal Pradesh
Index Of Himachal Pradesh Author
Introduction Background
Kulu - Manali Shyama Kali Temple
Manali Mandi
The Ardhanari Temple, Mandi Buddha Temple
Bijli Mahadev Idol Worship
Hidimba Banasur
Basishta Chamba
Kangra Area Manikaran
Bajreshwari Devi Chintpurni Devi Temple
Baijnath Temple Baglamukhi Deity And Her Temple
Chamunda Nandikeshwar Bilasur
Kinnaur Lahul   And Spiti
Wall Paintings Sirmur
Nath Temple  
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Temples & Legends Of India
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Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

BILASPUR

The legend associated with Baba Balak Nath cult has been summarized as follows:-

"Balak was a Sanyasi boy born at Girnar in Kathiawar was endowed with miraculous powers. He made many pilgrimages and eventually wandered to Talai in Bilaspur, where he became a cowherd. One day by the tank, from which the place derives its name, he met a band of saints, whose Mahant or the leader was a Nath.

Balak entered into a disputation with this man, and the two agreed to test that was the more powerful of the two as miracle- worker. The Nath threw his stick for Balak to call it back. Balak made it come back floating in air. Balak then threw his stick but the Nath could not call it back. The saints seeing a greater than their greatest endeavored to persuade Balak to become one of them, and, when he refused, thought to detain him by force.

Balak fled and jumped into the tank followed by the Nath. Both disappeared but were seen a little later to emerge from a cave, in a hill about five kilometers off, near Chakmoh. The saints went to the place, but when they got there the two had once more vanished and were- never seen again. In course of time the cave became sacred, and Balak and Nath came to be worshipped as one deity under the name Balak Nath or Dewat Sidh.

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