Devasthal, a glories of Jumla where Lord Shiva Lives
Devasthal is an important hindu pilgrimage dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at mountains of Patarasi Rural Municipality at approx 4100m asl. During Maha Shivratri , hundreds of devotees visit Devasthal from Jumla and its neighbour districts.It is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Magha month, as per the Hindu Lunar calendar.The temple is sacred to all hindus but need to be promoted.
The Myths of Devasthal
according to legend, years back one sheppards who had very poor life he was travelling through Devasthal in search of his lost sheeps. He saw the big stones which has one small and medium Linga on it. As hindu offered puja to Linga as a god he has also done puja and found one flower on head of medium Linga and taken with himself (As per Wikipedia Shiva Linga or Shiva Ling is an abstract or aniconic representation of the hindu deity,Shiva, used for worship in temples,smaller shrines or as self manifested natural objects.) from the day he return with flower of Linga he has very good life by increased of sheeps and his business by double digits.
later he realise and come to know by healers or Dhami that being good life in this short period he has,because of visiting and offering Pooja at Devasthal unknowingly. Later he gone with Sadhey (Adult male Goat) and sacrifice on big stone at the Linga.later the stone break and blood of goats goes from the breaking part of stone and it is believed that by then his life is miserable.
After he know he has done things which should not be done,He gone to many pilgrimages and come to know that Shiva never take sacrifice of animals and red tika.He has done excuse pooja at Devasthal and by then people come to know about Devasthal and people started to go for pooja.
Trail status : Till Baligad temple the trail follows the Tila river with wide and flat trail that crossing 7 bridges passing inside forests of Bamboo , Betula utilis(Bhojpatra), Brown Oak (Kharsu) , a himalayan cedar tree(Deodar) , forests of Rhodondern. From Baligad Temple the trail is steep uphill with narrow path till Dewal approx 3 hrs climb and 15 minutes gentle walk.
Wild animals that found in this area are Blueesheep, Red Panda, Bear, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar,Serow(Goral) Wild Boar and more.........
Herbs Found: Many Home Herbal Remedies,folklore medicine,Baiydhya healing system in villages
Duration Needs : Max 6 days trek
Though, the trail was full of snow,Slippery and very cold we have a great trek on snow to Devasthal,
Devasthal in Photos
|Devasthal Temple and Flag on log of Bhojpatra stand in breaking parts of stone.|
|Snow and Shivlinga on stone|
|Shivlinga in between of two mountain only possible to go during spring.|
|Background scene of Mt.Khadi and narrow Trail to Devasthal.|
|People told us this is Icy Shiv Linga.|
|Baligada Mountain side.|
|Pilgrimages trekking to Devasthal.|