Nishkalank Mahadev Temple Bhavanagar

Nishkalank Mahadev in Bhavanagar

Temples have always fascinated me. I will tell you of my experience of going to a unique Shiva temple near Bhavnagar. During last Christmas, I had gone to Bhavnagar in Saurasthra or North Gujarat for couple of days. I had read about a Shiva Temple called Nishkalank Mahadev temple, and so wanted to go and explore it more.

History of Nishkalank Temple

Before, going to the temple, I started to read about its history and what it holds. The Nishkalank Mahadev Temple is situated in Koliyak near Bhavnagar. The temple or the ShivaLinga remains in the sea, during heavy tide and nothing can be seen except the flag and pillar of the temple. The Legend of the temples goes, that Lord Krishna had sent Pandavas to atone their sins of Mahabharata War with a black flag and a cow with assurance, that when these two would turn white, their sins would be removed. The Pandavas arrived at this place, where the flag and the cow became white in color. Lord Shiva appeared and blessed the Pandavas after their meditation, and resided in form of ShivaLinga here on a new moon night of Shravan month of Indian calendar.

Journey and The Structure of the Nishkalank Mahadev Temple

I did not face any issue in reaching there early in morning by bus. When I reached there, I could not see the temple. I asked the priest ” where the temple is, and I was shown a flag and a pillar stating, that the temple is inside the sea and will be visible when the tide  goes down. The priest told me, that there are 5 Shiva Lingams inside the temple. He told me to complete my worship before 1 to 7 pm before ????? ???????? the tide comes in again.”

The tide receded and I could see the temples. The word ‘Nishkalank’ means purity, clean, and guiltless. I had just missed the famous fair of Bhadarvi by 4 months which is held in August at this place. I reached the temple and was told to wash my hands and legs, in a pond called Pandava Pond before going to the temple. The temples or Shiva Lingams are placed across a square platform with Image of Nandi the bull facing each of the Shiva Lingams. I could see young and adult people, who had come for worship offering their prayers with milk and water. All wanted to offer their worship and see the spectacle of tide coming over again. The tides are active between the full moon day and the new Moon day

The temple I saw was about 2000 ft long and about 500 ft in height. There is a guest house for people coming from far locations in name of ‘Dharamshala’. Since it is near an isolate area, there are no near facilities for food eating and a hospital. The Aarti is performed in morning at 6 30 am and in evening at 7 pm

Back home After Bhavanagar Trip

Upon my enquiry, I was told that the temple festival starts by flag hoisting on the name of the Bhavnagar King, which remains throughout the year and then replaced by other flag.  I performed my worship and went back to watch the tides come back and cover the temple. It was a sight to watch. When I started back for home, it was almost 6 pm.

Fortunately, I got a bus back home which stopped for dinner on the way, and I reached around 8 pm back home. I had clicked some pics, which I will remember throughout my life for my visit to the temple.

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