Temple architecture

Uttarakhand’s unique temple houses the god of justice

Jaunsar Bawar (Uttarakhand), June 12 (IANS): While most people are drawn to Uttarakhand because of its scenic beauty, others visit the state for its temples. One of them is the ‘Mahasu Devta’ temple, located on the Tuini-Mori road in Hanol, Dehradun, and is visited by thousands of people every year.

‘Mahasu Devta’ is also called the God of Justice and is considered to be the embodiment of Lord Shiva. In the local language, the word Mahasu is a derivation of the word ‘Mahashiv’. According to the believers, the Mahasu Devta grants the wishes of the people if one does it sincerely.

Even today, devotees are seen in this temple seeking justice and solutions to their problems. It is the faith of the people that draws them to this holy place. If you have a lawsuit and are unable to obtain justice, you offer Re 1 to the Lord Mahasu. Your wish is likely to be granted, the captions claim.

The Mahasu Devta Temple is located on the east bank of the Tons River in the village of Hanol near Chakrata in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Built in the 9th century, this temple retains mixed-style architecture that is worth seeing. People also come from all over the world to see the beauty of the temple. ‘Mahasu Devta’ is the collective name of not one but four gods. The names of the four Mahasu brothers are ‘Bashik Mahasu’, ‘Pavasi Mahasu’, ‘Bautha Mahasu’ and ‘Chalda Mahasu’, which are forms of Lord Shiva. Four small ancient temples of these four deities are also located in Jaunsar Bawar. According to mythology, a Brahmin named Hunabhatta worshiped Lord Shiva and Shakti in order to rid the people of the region from the terror of the demon Kirmik.

With the blessing of Lord Shiva-Shakti, four brothers were born in Hanol and Mahasu Devta killed the monster Kirmik to free the people of the region from the terror of this monster, ever since then people have considered Mahasu Devta as their totem and began to worship, it is claimed. Since then Mahasu Devta has been the presiding deity of Jaunsar Bawar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Mahasu Devta is worshiped in Uttarkashi, throughout Jaunsar-Bawar region and Rawai division of Uttarakhand as well as Sirmaur, Solan, Shimla, Bishahar and Jubbal of Himachal Pradesh.

It is also believed that Mahasu Devta had won this temple on certain conditions. People also take his palanquin from place to place for worship at regular intervals. The faithful are not allowed to go to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, only the priest can enter it at the time of worship.

It is still a mystery how a flame still burns in this temple. A jet of water also comes out of the sanctum sanctorum of the Mahasu Devta temple, but where it goes and where it comes from, until this day no one has been able to find out. This water is given to devotees as prasad.

There are four gates for entry into the sanctum sanctorum of Mahasu Temple. Artifacts resembling planets such as Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, etc. were made on the roof of the temple. Sculptures of various deities have been carved on the first and second gates of the temple in such a way as to give it a garland shape. Drummers help people worship the god by playing instruments. Locals, worshipers and tourists bow to the third gate.

It is believed that the Pandavas had built the Hanol temple with the help of god Vishwakarma by carrying stones from Ghata Pahar (Shivalik mountain range). The 32 angles of this temple, from the foundation to the dome, rest on carved stones placed on top of each other. At the top of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, Bhima Chhatri ie a giant stone brought back from the mountain Ghata of Bhimsen was installed. The unique carvings add to the grandeur of the temple.

It is said that in the Dwapar era, the Pandavas came to this place safely after coming out of the Lakshagriha (wax house). This is why Hanol Temple is nothing less than a place of pilgrimage for devotees. The village where the Mahasu Devta temple is built on the Tuni-Mori road is also said to be named after Huna Bhatt Brahmin. Previously, this place was known as Chakarpur.

Mahasu Devta temple is famous all over the world for its beliefs but its uniqueness is that every year salt is brought from Rashtrapati Bhavan as an offering.