Independence Day – What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word INDIA? Motherland, tradition, scripture, food, festival, unity, Independence or all of them. And what comes in mind when we listen to the word- Independence, its Patriotism, of course. As we all know, India is a land of diversity which has many languages, myriad festivals, ethnic groups and umpteen temples. India is also famed as a non-secular country and an estate to holy pilgrimages and sacred places, therefore, once, Martin Luther King said-
‘To other countries, I may go as a Tourist but to India I come as a Pilgrim’.
Ever thought of a religious place where Independence Day is memorialized with lively celebration?
Not much people know about the Independence jollification observed in a famous Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, which is also famed as Mandasor Shiva Temple on 15th August each year in Indian states of Madhya Pradesh. This well-known eight faced Shiva Linga Abode in Mandsaur nestled around 225 kilometres from Indore city on the banks of Shivna River follows a special and a very unique tradition from last two decades. Thus celebrates, the Indian Independence day inside the main Temple premises on Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in Sharvan Month according to Hindu calendar.
On the honourable observance of Independence Day, when the entire country is busy in celebrating the 72th Freedom by flying kites, eating laddoos, watching parade, performing dances and singing patriotic songs, the priests in the Pashupatinath temple complex conduct Pooja of Lord Shiva with strict set of rituals.
The spesh reason behind the Freedom Independence Day Celebration
Legends have it, when the country got independence in 1947, then as per Hindu Panchang it was the ‘Chaturdashi’ of dark lunar fortnight- Krishna Paksha during the month of Shravan. On that account, for the last 20 years, this ancient Hindu Shiva pilgrimage is accomplishing a big puja and worshipping Lord Shiva with sacred ‘durva’ grass water inside the Pashupatinath temple vicinity. It is especially performed for spreading happiness, harmony and unity within Indians in the country,” and this austere ritual is performed as Abhishekham on Shivlingam with a wish that the country may remain secured against immoral and ungodly threats. The Ashtamukhi (eight-face) Shivlinga in the Pashupatinath Temple is offered holy water of the durva grass to lessen the affects of evil influences and vehement devilish forces. A Prayer is also conducted in the end of the tradition for the country’s overall prosperity, safety and security”.
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In the meantime, if you desire to go out for holidays to Indore, then it is recommended to visit this divine Hindu Shiva place to witness beautiful stern ceremony on Independence Day inside the temple whereabouts. Plan with Rgyan and get itineraries FREE of COST for your journey towards this magnificent Temple and also explore other side- scenic beauties in and out of Indore city in this Rainy Season with a planned expedition itinerary.
Wish you all a very Happy Independence Day.
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat…Vandemateram!!!!