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.