Continents like Asia and Europe, as well as the rest of the world, offer various experiences and destinations for travelers. One such destination is Swaswara, located on Om Beach in Gokarna, which provides a holistic living experience. For accommodation in Shekhawati, Piramal Haveli is a recommended option. If you are looking for luxury travel in the pilgrimage city of Pushkar, consider staying at the Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa. Clarks Awadh offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in the lifestyle of Lucknow. Serolsar Lake is known for its beauty and the legend of Budhi Nagin. In Indian culture, the first ghee made from a cow's milk after giving birth to a calf is saved for worship, symbolizing its auspicious nature. I feel fortunate to have grown up in a family that values and cherishes cows as a part of our culture.
Every time a new calf is born, I have observed my mother and grandmother perform a ritual. I became curious and wanted to understand the reason behind collecting ghee in a jar that no one is allowed to consume from. Seeking answers, I approached my grandmother who revealed that the first milk ghee is collected for Budhi Nagin in Serolsar Lake.
The legendary figure known as Buddi Nagin originated from the Seraj region of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. She possessed certain abilities bestowed upon her by Durga Maa, a form of the goddess Nava Durga. Buddi Nagin was married in the Suket region, which is now recognized as the Karsog district in Himachal Pradesh.
Buddhi Nagin decided to visit the local water territory of the Satluj River. Before leaving, she told her mother not to disturb her sleeping children who were resting in a basket made of husks in the kitchen. In the past, people used to use husk baskets as a substitute for baby prams.
After some time, the mother became concerned because the children had been sleeping for a long time without waking up. Ignoring the advice given by Budhi Nagin, the mother decided to pick up the blanket. To her surprise, she discovered 5-6 snakes hidden within it. Filled with fear, she quickly grabbed some ash from the kitchen and threw it on the snakes. Startled, the snakes scattered in various directions. It is believed that they were not seen again after this incident.
Upon Buddha Nagin's return, she was filled with sadness upon learning that her children had left. Overwhelmed by her grief, she made the decision to leave the village. Today, a small stone idol remains worshipped in the house where Buddha Nagin once resided in the village of Bhiuri in Karsog.
The small house is beyond repair or renovation. Budhi Nagin departed from the house and arrived at Serolsar Lake, located near Jalori Pass in the Banjar Valley of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh.
Naga Worship is the practice of revering the snake god, Nagdev, who is believed to be the offspring of Buddhi Nagin. The people in the area strongly associate Nagas with Shiva. Each Naga has their own designated territory and village, which are named after them, such as Chowasi Nag, Hungru Nag, and Jhakad Nag.
In the villages mentioned, there are numerous charming temples built in the traditional style of Himachali architecture. These temples are adorned with intricate wooden carvings. Annually, locals including Nag Devtas (serpent deities), priests, and villagers come together to traverse their surroundings. People generously donate to the Nagas in various forms. Additionally, they partake in the traditional Himachali dance known as Nati.
The mesmerizing meadows surround the lake, which is situated in the middle. It offers a breathtaking view of the sunset and allows one to appreciate the panoramic sight of mountains from all directions.
According to the tale, there was a lady named Buddhi Nagin who arrived at Serolsar Lake and settled on a large stone. In the vicinity, there were 60 young girls known as Joginis or Yoginis. Some of them were on their way to Shikari Devi in Mandi, while others were headed towards Jalori Jot. As they spotted Buddhi Nagin sitting in Serolsar Lake, the Joginis approached her and proposed playing a game together.
The people believed that it would be easy to defeat Budhi Nagin because of her age. They made an agreement that if Budhi Nagin wins the game, she will consider this place sacred, but if the Joginis win, she will have to leave this location.
During their game, one of the girls engaged in cheating, which greatly angered Buddi Nagin. As a consequence, she placed a curse upon her, transforming her into a perpetual small bird and assigning her the duty of cleaning a small body of water. This transformed bird came to be known as Abhi Chidiya.
After winning the game, Buddi Nagin made the decision to make this place her permanent home. When she left her house, she took along a small pot with her. While wandering around in Serolsar, the pot accidentally slipped from her grasp, causing a lake to appear in that very spot. And that is how the lake came into existence.
The stone where Buddi Nagin was seated is currently referred to as Kala Pathar.
The Pandavas, while in exile, arrived at Jalori Pass and eventually reached Serolsar Lake. At this location, they began cultivating rice near the lake. According to legend, Buddi Nagin appeared before them and then returned to the lake.
The Pandavas retrieved the statue of her from the lake and placed it on the shore. They constructed a small temple for her near the lake. Over the years, the temple has undergone multiple renovations. The present temple is the fourth one after undergoing these renovations.
At the Budhi Nagin Temple, people offer ghee as a gesture of devotion. Budhi Nagin, who is considered the mother of all Nag Devtas in the Mandi and Kullu region, had a deep affection for cows. Therefore, individuals bring ghee as an offering when they visit her temple. It is believed that when the ghee is poured inside the temple, it magically reaches the heart of the lake where Budhi Nagin resides.
Individuals bring large quantities of ghee to both the temple and the lake. Every year, the Nagdevas from the surrounding area make a pilgrimage to Budhi Nagin on specific occasions that are determined by the local priests.
During the winter season, the temple is not open to visitors because there is a significant amount of
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The depth of Serolsar Lake remains a mystery to everyone.
Here is another intriguing story filled with mystery. One day, a Brahmin and his family were walking near a lake when he accidentally fell into the water. Despite their efforts, his family was unable to save him. Surprisingly, after three years, the Brahmin returned from the lake. It turns out that during his absence, he had made a promise to Budhi Nagin, a mystical serpent, not to reveal her existence to anyone.
His family persistently inquired about his whereabouts and how he managed to survive. Eventually, Brahmin confessed the truth. He revealed that when he fell into the lake, he descended to its depths where he was rescued by Buddi Nagin. She resides in a magnificent golden palace in that location. He also witnessed numerous containers of milk as she engaged in the process of churning curd.
After he revealed the truth, he met his demise. The residents of the village arrived at the lake and witnessed peculiar occurrences. It was deduced that Buddi Nagin desired the lake to remain undisturbed and in pristine condition. True enough, the lake is consistently free of any debris, with not a single leaf to be found within its waters.
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Jalori Pass is located in the Banjar Valley of the Kullu district, adjacent to the Suket area of Karsog. It is a mountain pass that serves as a connection between the Kullu and Shimla districts. The Pass was constructed by the British with the purpose of establishing a route to access Kullu.
Jalori Pass, located at an elevation of 2000 m, is a mountain pass that becomes inaccessible during the winter season due to the occurrence of heavy snowfall. Banjar Valley, situated in the Kullu district, is a lesser-known tourist spot that offers a unique and unconventional travel experience
The Kullu district is split into three primary valleys: Tirthan, Banjar, and Sainj Valley. To reach Jibhi, there is a picturesque road called Jalori Pass that is surrounded by thick deodar trees.
The Anni district of Kullu, located between Jalori's pass and Shimla, is renowned for its apple orchards. Visitors can witness the breathtaking sight of these orchards during the apple season.
Are you feeling tired of the urban lifestyle? Reconnect with the natural world by embarking on a hike in the Himalayas. A scenic 5 km trek to Serolsar Lake, located in Jalori Pass, presents an ideal opportunity for you.
Hiking in this area is a straightforward and enjoyable experience, as you simply follow a clear path through a dense forest filled with deodar and banyan trees. The hike offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains, allowing you to appreciate their beauty from every angle. Additionally, the mountains provide the perfect backdrop for witnessing the
Each season follows a unique journey; summer's path is filled with vibrant colors as Moses plants grow on the trunks of trees. It is also a sight to behold as you encounter some of the most uncommon types of plants and animals, such as rare herbs, medicinal plants, and untamed wilderness.
If you're looking for affordable accommodation near Jalori Pass, there are plenty of homestays available. Additionally, you can also find camping facilities in the beautiful meadows of Jalori Pass. Getting to Jalori Pass is convenient and hassle-free.
Pallavi Thakur has written this post as a contribution to the IndiTales Internship Program.
This article highlights the enterprise called Bhuira Jams, which is run by women living in the mountains. The article also mentions the temples from the Pandava era located in the Karsog Valley of Himachal. Additionally, it suggests some places to visit in Tirthan Valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The article concludes with a comment expressing the reader's motivation to visit these places and appreciation for the publication of such articles.
It is quite fascinating to learn about the customs and heritage associated with ghee.
I found this blog to be very enjoyable, particularly the tale of Budhi Nagin.
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