Mystic Karua village near Vaishno Devi in Jammu that tells profound ancient stories


Mystic Karua village near Vaishno Devi in Jammu that tells profound ancient stories

A typical vacation in Kashmir is about unadulterated communion with Mother Nature. For tourists, who wish to disconnect with the mundane completely and go on an inward journey, Karua is an idyllic destination. It is located at just 10 km from Reasi and 16 km from Katra. The village has earned fame mainly for its Lord Shiva temple and the Karua Jheel.

The legend of Karua Jheel and Baba Dhansar

As the story goes, an atrocious demon unleashed havoc in Karua village. When the villagers sought refuge at the feet of a saint, Baba Dhansar, for salvation from the wicked demon, the holy man prayed to Lord Shiva for help. And help did come very soon, when Shiva himself came down on earth to kill the demon.
Later, a temple of Baba Dhansar was erected near Karau Jheel. There is also a cave where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Karua Jheel itself is believed to be a highly sacred and wish-fulfilling place. However, no one is permitted to take a dip in this lake to maintain its sanctity and cleanliness. Devotees are, however, allowed to bath in the lake downstream. A mela is held every Mahashivratri and in the month of Shravana at Karua Jheel site (which is actually a waterfall).

Other interesting legends narrate the story of Lord Shiva and his spouse Parvati Devi, when they went to Amarnath Cave in Kashmir. Lord Shiva wanted to unveil the secret of his immortality to his divine spouse. Therefore, to keep this a secret, one by one, he removed all his paraphernalia and queer ornaments outside the cave. He also left behind his serpent, which took the form of a man called Vasudev. Soon after, Vasudev became the father of several sons, one of whom was a saintly soul named Dhansar.

Visiting Baba Dhansar

Mystic Karua village near Vaishno Devi in Jammu that tells profound ancient stories

Baba Dhansar is a leisure destination for many tourists visiting Reasi district. Though it is thronged by a lot of people who prefer to come here after visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine and Shiv Khori cave shrine, it is yet to find its deserving place in the list of important tourist sites in Jammu. Nonetheless, this place has its own fame among the devotees which can be seen during Mahashivratri. One of the reasons that attract so many people to this place is the belief that Lord Shiva fulfills all the desires of the devotees and also protects this region from any danger. It takes two to four hours to have darshan of Lord Shiva on this day–such is the footfall! Those who love langar food can find plenty of it at the temple site during the festival. To access the Shiva temple, one has to descend about 100 steps. The beautiful Jhelum river also flows close to the temple.How to reach?

This destination is close to Katra on Reasi road. Tourists can hire an auto rickshaw or private taxi from Katra bus stand. All the local taxi drivers are aware of this place.

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