BABA DHANSAR

The holy place of Baba Dhansar is located at Karua Jheel (Pond) near village Karua, 17 km from Reasi towards Katra in district Reasi and 65 kms from Jammu. It is another holy place in the Jammu region. The presence of the age old Shiva temple at this place is the primary reason for the fame of the place. According to mythological beliefs, when Lord Shiva went to Amarnath to reveal his powers of immortality to Parvati, he left his serpent king Sheshnag at Anantnag. Sheshnag later took a human form as Vasudev and bore a son named Dhansar, who turned to be a saintly person. The place is named after this son of Sheshnag as Baba Dhansar. As the local belief goes, in the ancient times there was a demon who lived near Karua Jheel (lake) and committed atrocities on the people of village Karua. The villagers sought help of Baba Dhansar to get rid of the Demon. It is believed that Baba Dhansar prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva arrived and helped in killing the Demon. The temple of Baba Dhansar and a cave of Lord Shiva near Karua Jheel has become a place of worship. Karua Jheel is considered sacred where bathing is not permitted. However, devotees may take a bath downstream. People believe that their wishes are fulfilled if they take bath in the stream and pray with complete faith. A large number of devotees visit the place every year on the day of Mahashivratri when an annual fete (mela) is organized.

The major attraction of Dhansar, however, is a gushing spring which emerges from the rocks and disappears into a thick grove of trees, later re-emerging as a number of small waterfalls forming a pool flowing into the valley. It is quite a breathtaking sight to catch.

The splendour of the valley blending with the spirituality of the place makes Baba Dhansar a perfect tourist spot that people from all walks of life can enjoy.

  
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