Shivratri Mela held in Junagadh Gujarat is one of its Kind. It starts with 5 Days Coutdown and Ends exactly on Midnight of Mahashivratri 🙌🏻 What makes it So Super Unique is the Presence of Naga Bawas in Huge Huge Numbers.
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”
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 ✨
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 🙌🏻 who is said to be the Ultimate truth of Creation – Survival – Death ✨
Why and How did the Mahashivratri Mela start in Girnar –
The Mountain Ranges of Girnar is the Home to Lord 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.
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 ✨
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
and why not Officially it’s their Time to Shine And Officially join the Baraat !
The Baraat heads towards the Bhavnath Temple wherein – there is Kund called as Mrugi Kund.
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.
Yogis and Bawajis start gathering up for the Shahi Snan ✨
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 🙂 This trip would not have been without the Editorial team of http://www.divyabhaskar.co.in/ and my Biggest Supporters : My Family <3