Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Maharishi Parashar : Head Bali Clan

Maharishi Parashar Hermitage and Parashar lake...
Vashisht Vaid
Maharishi Parashar Hermitage and Parashar lake --- Head of “Bali” clan tiratha.

A great tirath yatra site to visit for all Bali clan mohyal members during their summer holidays to pay their repect and receive blessings from their great clan head Maharishi Parashar ji, who is considered as one of the great Rishi’s of Jyotish Vidya, which was originally founded in Prag jyotish Pura by Maharishi Vashisht ji, the Lau clan head, which in modern days is known as the state of Assam, with Guwahati being its capital .
According to Vishnu Purana, the great Maharishi Parashar is an ancient Vedic Maharishi and is the great author of many ancient Indian texts. Maharishi Parāśara (or Parashar) was the grandson of Maharishi Vashisht, and was the father of Maharishi Ved Vyasa who compiled Bhagwad Gita. Maharishi Parāśara was known as the "limping sage, as When Sage Parāśara was once walking through a dense forest he and his students were attacked by wolves, and he was unable to get away, which caused him in his old age to limp with a lame leg.
Maharishi Parāśara, son of Sakti-Muni (Parāśara Śāktya) and Grandson of Maharishi Vashisht, is the seer of compiling the Rigveda,verses 1.65-73 which are all in praise of the Vedic god Agni, [the sacred fire, which later became the god Shiva of the Hindu trinity), and part of 9.97 (v.31-44) which is in praise of Soma [the divine nectar or vitality of gods]. His famous Rigveda Verse 1.73.2 defines the “Greatness”
Devo na yaḥ savitā satyamanmā kratvā nipāti vṛjanāni viṣvā
purupraṣasto amatirna satya ātmeva Sevo didhiṣāyyo bhūt
He who is like the divine Sun, who knows the truth (of things), preserves by his actions (his votaries) in all encounters; like nature, he is unchangeable and, like soul, is the source of all happiness: he is ever to be cherished.
This Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of city of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, with a three storied buddhist pagoda style temple, which is dedicated to the great sage Maharishi Prashar. The Lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar as he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas. This Parashar lake tirath can be approached via town of Drang.
Drang is a Town in Drang Mandal in Mandi District in Himachal Pradesh State in India . Drang is 24.6 km distance from its District Main City Mandi . And 75 km distance from its State Main City Shimla
The current temple on this ancient site was built in the thirteenth century. This beautiful lake has a beautiful small round island, which floats in it.
The city of Mandi (old name Mandav Nagar), also known as Sahor (Tibetan: Zahor), is a city in Himacha Pradesh and is situated 145 kilometres (90 mi) north of the state capital Shimla. The current city was established in 1527 by Ajbar Sen, and according to the local Legend the Great Sage 'Mandav' meditated upon lord “Shiva” in this area, and thus Mandi has at least 81 ancient temples dedicated to lord Shiva. This is the great headquarter of buddhism as the great legend Padmasambhava, who took buddhism from india to tibet also lived here.
Mandi is the home to a number of beautiful carved stone edifices each with an elaborate shikhara, or spire, among them Bhutnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and Shyamakoli at Tarna hill. Also on the hill, there is a new temple dedicated to Tarna Devi, overlooking the valley and giving a panoramic view of the whole area.The primary temples in the city of mandi are the 'Panchvaktra Temple', situated at the confluence of River Bea and Suketi Khad, 'Ardhnareshwar Temple', which is one of very few temples of its kind in India. 'Triloknath Temple' is located on the right bank of the Beas River. The Mata Kuan Rani Temple [tibetian goddess Kwan yin], consisting of a slate-roofed temple over a deep well which is dedicated to the 'Princess of the Well' and celebrates the time when, according to legend, Mandarava, the Princess of Sahor (Mandi), became a consort of the great buddhist master Padmasambhava. The king became angry and condemned them both to death in a fire which raged for seven days. After the smoke cleared, in its place there was a lake with a lotus in it, 'Rewalsar' or Tso Pema (Tibetan: 'Lotus Lake').
Mandi has also an historical Gurudwara related to the 10th Sikh Guru Shri Guru Gobind singh ji, who spent some time in Mandi. The people and the then ruler of Mandi welcomed him with great warmth and supported the great Sikh Guru in his war against the tyrannical rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The Gurdwara is also referred to as Gurudwara Palang Sahab, because the Guru's Bed 'Palang' which he used during his stay in Mandi, is still preserved here.
• Train: The nearest railway stations to Mandi are Joginder Nagar and Simla, connected by narrow gauge train, and Chandigarh and Kalka by broad gauge train which are connected by regular bus services.
• Road: Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot as well as Delhi . There are regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Manali, Palampur and Dharamshala..
• Airplane: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar in Kullu District, about 50 km from the district.
A highly recommended place of pilgrimage………………..especially for “Bali” Mohyal clan offsprings.
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