Mahashivratri of Junagadh = Mini Kumbh Mela in Pics

By April 4, 2017Journey
Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Shivratri Mela held in Β Junagadh Gujarat is one of its Kind. It starts with 5 Days Coutdown and Ends exactly on Midnight of Mahashivratri πŸ™ŒπŸ» What makes it So Super Unique is the Presence of Naga Bawas in Huge Huge Numbers.

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

The First Divine Darshan of Naga Bawa -Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh πŸ™πŸ»

Naga Bawajis are generally present in those 5 days of Shivatri No Melo in their Akhadaas. This Mela is one of those Divine Phenomena other than Kumbh Mela wherein – Bawaji come down to the Foothills of Girnar to be a Part of this Super Majestic Celebration “Mahashivratri Mela”

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

This is how their Akhadaas look like ✨- Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

From where exactly do they come and where are they upto is quite a “Mystery ” in itself ! They are said to be Wandering and Meditating To and From Hills of Himalayas to Girnar ✨

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Finally the Smoke πŸ’¨- Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Naga Bawajis belong to that Mystical Shiv Panth : whose only Aim in Life is Leading a Life which will impress : Reach out to Lord Shiva πŸ™ŒπŸ» who is said to be the Ultimate truth of Creation – Survival – Death ✨

Lord Shiva - Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Lord Shiva ✨

Why and How did the Mahashivratri Mela start in Girnar –

The Mountain Ranges of Girnar is the Home to Lord Guru Datatre Β πŸ™πŸ»

Guru Datatre Chowk - Junagadh Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Guru Datatre

Lord Datatre is said to be the Principal of Mystical Aesthetic World : according to the Locals he is present in the Mahashivratri Mela for 5 long Days in the Form of Naga Bawaji.

Maha Shivratri Mela Junagadh

The Celebration of the Naga Bawajis makes Shivaratri ka Mela so Unique!

Naga Bawaji’s : Being the Disciples of Lord Shiva : mark their presence Anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati And Are called as Shivji ke Baraati ✨

Junagadh Mela Junagadh

The Huge Procession of Naga Bawas – they are said to be Shivji ke Baraati πŸ™ŒπŸ»

As the Sun Sets on the Mahashivratri : the Procession (Baraat) held by Priests, Aesthetics and above Naga Sadhus start leaving their Akhadaas. While leaving the Akhadaas they do Entertain themselves

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

This Bawaji started shooting with the Bows and Arrows….

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

One of my Fav Click – Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

and why not Officially it’s their Time to Shine And Officially join the Baraat !

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Celebrations are Celebrated no matter by whom and How -Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

While in Action – Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

The Baraat heads towards the Bhavnath Temple wherein – there is Kund called as Mrugi Kund.

Mrugi Kund Junagadh

Mrugi Kund – Bhavnath Temple Junagadh

As in Kumbh Mela : the Holy Bath occupies a Special Importance of the Divine Experience ; in the Same Way Here the Holy Dip in the Mrugi Kund has to be exactly at 12 am. It is the Time for the Maha-Arti at Midnight which is supposed to the Beginning of the Shahi-Snan for the Yogis and the Bawajis.

Mahashivratri Junagadh

the Divine Arti of Bhavnath at Midnight of Mahashivratri is an Experience in itself !

 

Yogis and Bawajis start gathering up for the Shahi Snan ✨

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Chaos and the Holy Dip Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

The Shahi Snan Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Before the Holy Dip of Yogis : Lord Guru Datatre is being Worshipped! Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

The Holy Dip in Mrugi Kund . Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

Mahashivratri Mela Junagadh

the Deep Mrugi Kund appeared to be a Swimming Pool – Mahashivratri Melancholy Junagadh

When I was about to plan for this Trip, I booked my tickets twice and cancelled as I was not sure whether “Will I able to click Pics of the Naga Bawaji’s as Ladies are generally not allowed ” but Somehow gathered all the Strength and went ahead with it πŸ™‚ This trip would not have been without the Editorial team ofΒ http://www.divyabhaskar.co.in/Β and my Biggest Supporters : My Family <3

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9 Comments

  • Alok Singhal says:

    I am happy you found the courage to go ahead and bring this detailed account for us. Lovely portraits!

  • I didnt even know Junagadh had its own version of Kumbh! Found this post really detailed πŸ˜€ Awesome job Pooja!

  • Mridula says:

    How do you get them to pose for portraits? Amazing pictures Pooja!

    • Pooja Bhatt says:

      thanks a lot Mam πŸ˜€ for the first Ganja Shot, Had requested ” Bapu ” the Sadhus are addressed as Bapu : When I wandered here and there for clicking, firstly everyone there were stunned and in shock as Not Many Girls or Ladies do come down and cover this Experience! I was accompanied by 3 of my brother so We would request Bapu I want to take your Click : especially with the Ganja Shot – I asked to blow the Ganja : And Bapu was like Posed Happily and also asked : Have you got it * after clicking that shot : I had tears rolling from my eyes πŸ™‚

  • Rushab says:

    Great job. πŸ™‚ Keep it up

  • SUJATA TAWDE says:

    Pooja , you have this rare talent of describing the event in captivating manner and with this Mini Kumbh Blogpost you have showed your true colors. You are a Brave girl , very few can manage to click Naga Sadhus so candidly.

    • Pooja Bhatt says:

      thank you so much Sujata πŸ™‚ Initially I planned and cancelled my plans 100 times bcoz of the Naga Sadhus but a Travelogue is above all that right, I need to capture the Essence of this Mystical Event πŸ™‚ Also that is the reason : I was the only One Lady Blogger cum Photographer along with the Bunch of Print Media Journalist. This Blog post will always remain lose to my Heart πŸ˜€

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