connected with this temple is that once upon a time there was a saint by name Mangana
Rishi at Pushkara
Kshetram. He was a great devotee of Siva. While gathering flowers and fruits from thorny
plants, Mangana Rishi got many
scratches over his body. He felt some sweet-smelling liquid oozing out of the scratches,
possibly a result of his sincere devotion.
became proud. He was so much elated that he started dancing. Mangana Rishi jumped so high,
with the vain thought of having attained something supernatural, that his leg hit the head
of a Shivalinga. Siva cursed him to become a hare. The sage in the form of a hare
performed penance afterwards at this place on the advice of Lord Siva Himself and at last
got salvation. Under similar circumstances Upamanu was cursed by Devi Uma to become a
After he prayed to the Lord and Devi at this place he got
salvation at the end.
The original Patiri tree is dead and gone but the trunk is still preserved in the temple
precincts. To protect it from the ravages of
nature and insects the stump of the tree is copper-plated. By the side of the tree, there
is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Parvati, where no idol is to be seen, but only the
pedestal over which Parvati probably used to sit and merge in communion with Lord Siva.