Jagruteshwar Devasthan - A religous heritage of Vidarbha

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Mar 2017 09:58:39


By Rajendra Diwe,

Shri Paachpaoleshwar Shri Jagruteshwar temple, situated in Jagnath Budhwari area, Golibar, Bharatmata Square is one of the oldest temples not in Nagpur city but also in Vidarbha. This temple has been considered as ‘Gram Devta’ (village deity or guardian deity) which protects the citizens from obstacles. The temple narrates 800 years old history of Vidarbha. Probably, it is the only temple in India which has seven and half ‘Shivlinga’ installed in its premises. From ancient times, the temple is known as ‘Kashi’ of Nagpur or Central Provinces.


‘Shivlingas’ present in the temple are ‘Swayambhu’ (self-manifested or self -existing or that which is created by its own accord) in nature. Jagruteshwar is the first ‘Swayambhu Shivlinga’ that has given 'darshan' to Shri Sant Jagoba Maharaj. The second ‘Swayambhu Shivlinga’ is known as Pataleshwar which has been emerged in Jagruteshwar Sannidhan. The third ‘Swayambhu Shivlinga’ is known as Kashi Vishweshwar while the fourth as Angeshwar Shivlinga. Amruteshwar Shivlinga which is the fifth ‘Shivlinga’ emerged in the temple premises long ago. The sixth Shivlinga is known as ‘Chandikeshwar Swayambhu Shivlinga’. There is ‘Dhai Lingeshwar’ (two and half Shivlingas) present in temple premises. ‘Dhai Lingeshwar’ actually contains one and half ‘Swayambhu Shiv linga’ and one installed ‘Shivlinga’. This is also a unique ‘Shivlinga’ in country as half ‘Shivlinga’.


The temple also consists of ancient idols of Vitthal-Rukhmini, Lord Ganesh, Naag Devta, Annapurna Mata, Kaal Bhairav, Renukamata, Gangamata etc.


The temple also has Akhand Deep since last 43 years.
Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit was the President of Devasthan trust before resuming the post of Assam Governor. Now, he is the patron while Govindlal Agrawal is the President. Digambar Raghoba Parate is the Secretary. The committee also has members like Jagannath Jadiya, Krishnarao Waghmare, Ravindra Kapse, Banwarilal Malu and Ramesh Randhad. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Chudaman Lambade, Manager of Devasthan gave some historical account about this ancient temple. Though it is the ancient temple and known as ‘Nagar Devta’, it has been neglected by people. Government of Maharashtra has declared ‘C’ grade pilgrimage centre status to this temple. Nagpur is known as Nagapura, Fanindrapur, Nagalokka or Nagfanibaba. Unfortunately, there is no book or record document available to tell history of this temple. Now, the temple has been in Government’s heritage category, he said. In ancient times this area was a part of a dense forest. About 500 years ago, Shri Sant Jagoba Maharaj Bhagwan used to do the meditation and prayer in Shri Paachpavleshwar Shankar temple along with visiting the Shri Kaashi Vishwanath temple on the eve of ‘Mahashivratri’. Without having the 'darshan', he would not take food and water. In those days, for taking these darshans one had to travel through dense Naagphani forests where the Naago tribes would reside.


As he grew old, Shri Sant Jaagoba Maharaj would not be able to travel and had 'darshan' due to which he would not be taking food and water for 4 days at a stretch. Due to which, God appeared in his dreams and said, that “You dont have to come to me for 'darshan', instead I shall come to you”.


As Shri Jagoba Maharaj surprised having seen God in his dreams, but he followed the directions of excavating the dense forest place with the help of Gawli Samaj labourers. Legend says that, while doing the excavation blood oozed out after axe hitting something. So, he carefully got the digging done at that place, where exactly the ‘Swayambhu Shivling’ was discovered, Lambade said.


Over the period of sometime, one by one all the 7 ½ ‘Swayambhu Shivlings’ came out of the earth. Nowhere, in the North India, we can see the 1/2 Shivlinga except at Jagruteshwar temple.


At the time of Gond Maharaj, this temple got renovated. The records say that Sardar of Gond kingdom, Sardar Nagoji Negi made the boundary wall in 1731. Shri Jagruteshwar temple is having exquisite architecture and beautiful designs on the gopurams and on the walls. Various festivals celebrated in temple premises since long. They include, ‘Mahashivaratri’, Sant Jagoba Maharaj Jayanti on ‘Gudi Padwa’, ‘Shravan Maas Pravachan’ and ‘Kirtans’, ‘Kalbhairav Jayanthi’, ‘Datta Jayanti’ and ‘Vishwakarma Jayanthi’, he added.


Lambade mentioned that the temple committee has been serving food since 1988 to poor daily free of cost.
On every Thursday, temple is distributing Mahaprasad like that of Shegaon and Shirdi temples. The daily timings of the temple are from 4 am to 10 pm. Monthly Shivratri is celebrated and the temple remain open from 4 am to 1 am in night.
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