THIRTHES AND THEIR ITHIHASAS
holy kshetra contains holier thirthas casting enhancement on the visitors by
their strange stories. Among them, Bindusagara, Gosagara, Devipadahara,
Papanasani, Gouri and Kedara are considered worth-visiting for a dip. Ardent
devotees take bath in them for purging off their sins.
the thirthas, Bindusagar is the biggest and has a mysterious story that attract
thousands of pilgrims found the year. It is 1300
in length and 700 feet in breadth, with strong stone embankment on all
sides. There stands a pretty shrine in the Centre like a diamond set in gold.
The story goes that Siva in order to compensate the absence of the Ganges here
caused the construction of this tank soon after his settlement and bade the
presiding deities of all the sacred rivers and tanks of the Akhanda Bharat to
deposit each a few drops of their waters. Soon His command was obeyed and the
tank over-flowed with sacred waters. Hence this thirtha is held in high esteem,
and so a great craze for the pilgrims, whenever visited. It is recorded that the
water having been contributed from all the rivers of our Punya Bharat, there is
special merit when bathed in it. And the place was deemed highly sacred, hence
the building of seven thousand and temples around it during its heyday. The
Kedara Gouri has yet another story of eternal attraction. It is believed that
the water has medicinal properties due to the natural spring inside and release
women from the curse of barrenness, if bathed. A special attraction for the
childless mothers. Some more places lying outside the city boundaries, yet
accessible in a few minutes ride deserve space here.