Continents like Asia and Europe, as well as the rest of the world, offer various experiences in holistic living. One such experience can be found at Swaswara, located on Om Beach in Gokarna. If you are looking for accommodation in Shekhawati, Piramal Haveli is definitely worth considering. For those seeking luxury travel in a pilgrim's city, Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa is an excellent choice. Embrace the Lucknow lifestyle by staying at Clarks Awadh. Additionally, the Serolsar Lake holds a legendary story about Budhi Nagin. In Indian culture, the first ghee made from a cow's milk after giving birth to a calf is considered sacred and is often saved for worship. I am fortunate to have been born into a family that still values the presence of cows in our culture.
Whenever a new calf is born, I have observed my mother and grandmother perform a special tradition. Intrigued by the practice of collecting ghee in a jar and prohibiting anyone from consuming it, I approached my grandmother to inquire about its significance. It was during this conversation that I discovered the initial milk ghee is gathered for Budhi Nagin in Serolsar Lake.
The story of Buddi Nagin, also known as the Budhi Nagin, originates from the Seraj region in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. She possessed certain powers bestowed upon her by Durga Maa, a representation of Nava Durga. Buddi Nagin was married in the Suket region, which is now recognized as the Karsog district in Himachal.
Buddhi Nagin decided to visit the local water area of the Satluj River. Before leaving, she told her mother not to disturb her sleeping children. In the kitchen, her children were peacefully resting in a basket filled with husks. In the past, it was common for people to use husk baskets to keep their children secure before baby prams became popular.
Eventually, the mother grew concerned when the children continued to sleep for an extended period without awakening. Disregarding the advice of Budhi Nagin, the mother decided to lift the blanket. To her astonishment, she discovered 5-6 snakes inside. Overwhelmed by fear, she hastily grabbed ash from the kitchen and threw it at the snakes. Startled, the snakes scattered in various directions. It is speculated that they were no longer a concern after this incident.
Upon Buddha Nagin's return, she was filled with immense sadness upon discovering that her children had departed. Overwhelmed by her emotions, she made the decision to depart from the village. In the Bhiuri village of Karsog, there remains a revered stone sculpture in the very house where Buddha Nagin once resided.
The house is in such poor condition that it cannot be repaired or renovated. Budhi Nagin decided to leave the house and go to Serolsar Lake, which is located near Jalori Pass in Banjar Valley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.
In the practice of Naga worship, it is believed that Buddhi Nagin is the mother of Nagdev, who is considered the god of snakes. The people in the region believe that Nagas are connected to Shiva, and each Naga has their own designated area and village, which is named after them, such as Chowasi Nag, Hungru Nag, and Jhakad Nag.
Within these rural communities, numerous exquisite temples can be found, all built using the traditional Himachali architectural style. These temples boast intricate wooden carvings that add to their charm. Annually, the Nag Devtas (snake deities), priests, and villagers embark on a procession throughout their region. During this time, people present donations of various kinds to the Nagas as offerings. Additionally, the locals showcase their cultural heritage by performing traditional Himachali dances known as N
Situated amidst enchanting meadows, the lake offers a captivating setting where visitors can witness breathtaking sunsets and appreciate the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains from every angle.
According to the tale, there was a lady named Buddhi Nagin who arrived at this location and settled on a large rock. In the vicinity, there were 60 young girls known as Joginis or Yoginis. Some of them were heading towards Shikari Devi in Mandi, while others were en route to Jalori Jot. As they spotted Buddhi Nagin sitting by Serolsar Lake, the Joginis approached her and proposed playing a game together.
Due to her age, they believed it would be easy to conquer her. A decision was made that if Budhi Nagin emerged victorious in the game, she would deem this location as her sacred place. Conversely, if the Joginis emerged as winners, she would vacate the premises.
During the game, one of the girls engaged in cheating, which greatly angered Buddi Nagin. As a consequence, she placed a curse on the girl, transforming her into a permanent small bird and assigning her the duty of cleaning a small water body. This bird is now referred to as Abhi Chidiya.
After winning the game, Buddi Nagin made the choice to make this place her permanent residence. She had a small pot with her as she departed from her home. While wandering in Serolsar, she accidentally dropped the pot, causing a lake to form at that exact location. Thus, this is the origin of the lake.
The rock where Buddi Nagin was seated is currently referred to as Kala Pathar.
The Pandavas, while in exile, arrived at Jalori Pass and eventually came across Serolsar Lake. They decided to cultivate rice in the vicinity of the lake. According to the tale, 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 modest temple for her on the lake's edge. Over the years, the temple has undergone several renovations. The present temple is the fourth one following these renovations.
At the Budhi Nagin Temple, people show their devotion by offering ghee to Budhi Nagin, who is considered the mother of all the Nag Devta in the Mandi and Kullu region. Budhi Nagin had a special affection for cows, so visitors bring ghee as an offering to her. According to belief, when ghee is poured inside the temple, it is said to reach the center of the lake where Budhi Nagin resides.
Visitors bring large quantities of ghee to the temple and lake. Every year, the Nagdevas from the surrounding area come to visit Budhi Nagin on specific occasions. These occasions are determined by the local priests.
During the winter season, the temple remains closed because it experiences significant snowfall.
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Fascinating Information about Serolsar Lake
The exact depth of the lake remains a mystery to all.
Here is another intriguing tale filled with mystery. One day, a Brahmin and his family were taking a leisurely walk near a lake when he accidentally fell into the water. Despite their efforts, his family was unable to rescue him. Surprisingly, after a span of three years, the Brahmin returned from the depths of the lake. However, he made a solemn vow to Budhi Nagin, a mysterious serpent-like creature, to keep their encounter a secret and not disclose it to anyone.
His family persistently inquired about his whereabouts and how he managed to survive. Eventually, the Brahmin revealed the truth. He explained that when he fell into the lake, he descended to its very depths, where he was rescued by Buddi Nagin. Buddi Nagin resides in a magnificent golden palace beneath the lake's surface. The Brahmin witnessed her engaging in the process of curd churning, and he noticed numerous containers of milk in her presence.
After he revealed the truth, he passed away. The residents of the village arrived at the lake and witnessed strange occurrences. It was deduced that Buddi Nagin desired for the lake to remain undisturbed and to be maintained in a pristine condition. The lake is consistently spotless; there is not a single leaf present within its waters.
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Jalori Pass, located in the Banjar Valley of the Kullu district, is connected to the Suket area of Karsog. This pass serves as a connection point between the Kullu and Shimla districts and was constructed by the British in order to establish access to Kullu.
Jalori Pass is situated at an elevation of 2000 meters. It remains inaccessible during the winter season because of the substantial amount of snowfall it experiences. Banjar Valley, located in the Kullu district, is a less explored tourist spot.
The Kullu district is split into three primary valleys: Tirthan, Banjar, and Sainj Valley. The journey to Jibhi through Jalori Pass is a picturesque drive surrounded by thick deodar trees.
The Anni district of Kullu, which is located from Jalori's pass to Shimla, is famous for its apple orchards. Visitors can enjoy the stunning sight of apple orchards during the season.
Are you feeling tired of the urban lifestyle? Reestablish a connection with the natural world by embarking on a hiking adventure in the Himalayas. A stunning 5 km trek to the Serolsar Lake, located in Jalori Pass, offers an ideal opportunity for you.
Hiking is a simple and straightforward activity, where you walk directly through a thick forest filled with deodar and banyan trees. As a result, you are gifted with a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, as well as the opportunity to witness an incredibly stunning sunset amidst the mountainous landscape.
Each season has its own unique journey; summer's journey is filled with vibrant colors, like Moses on the tree trunks. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to 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 enjoy camping in the meadows of Jalori Pass. Accessing Jalori Pass is convenient and straightforward.
Pallavi Thakur wrote this post as a component of the IndiTales Internship Program.
This destination is highly recommended for those who want to experience the richness of Indian culture and tradition. After reading your blog, I feel inspired to visit this place and witness its incredible beauty. Thank you for sharing these types of articles.
It is fascinating to learn about the customs and cultural significance of ghee.
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I found this blog to be very enjoyable, particularly the narrative about Budhi Nagin.
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