Prernatirth Yatra–The inspirational journey of life
Koliyak, Bhavnagar–Nishkalank Mahadeva Temple — Gujarat is full of wonders and awe. This temple is buried inside the sea. On a heavy tide day, all that can be seen are just the flag and a pillar. It is beyond one’s comprehension that there is a Lord Shiva Temple just under the fierce sea. This temple still exists, and people visit this place on foot! The temple has 5 distinct Swayumbu Shiva lingams inside. This is certainly one of the best spiritual destinations!
The following temple story dates back to Mahabaratha era… Pandavas killed all the Kuravas and won the battle. Pandavas were grief stricken, knowing they acquired sins for killing their own relatives. In order to find redemption for their sins, Pandavas met Lord Krishna. To remove the sins, Krishna hands over a black Flag and a Black COW. He asks the Pandavas to follow it, when both Cow and flag turns white, they all will be pardoned. Krishna also advises them to do penance to lord Shiva, after that. The angst stricken brothers followed the cow wherever it went and carried the flag. They walked for days, to different places and the color did not change. Finally, when they arrived at the Koliyak Beach, both cow’s and the flag’s color turned to white. Pandavas were exalted. And all the 5 brothers sat for deep penance, meditated on lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva, pleased by all the brothers, appeared in lingam form in front of each brother. In total there were 5 (Swayumbu) lingams which appeared on their own. Pandavas were delighted to see this and they worshiped all the five lingams with great devotion. Lord Shiva here is known as Nishkalan Mahadeva. ‘Nishkalank’ has many meanings, they are clean, pure, guiltless, to cleanse, to purify, etc…….
To be continued……………………..
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