(Last Updated on : 16/07/2012)
Temple of Ved Vyas
, located in Varanasi
, is a famous pilgrimage centre for the devotees. The temple is situated in the Raja's fort of Bamnagar. It is dedicated to Ved Vyas and has been erected above the parapet overlooking the river.
History of Ved Vyas
It is said that Ved Vyas, the compiler of the Vedas
, once paid a visit to Kamnagar. The Kamnagar side of the river is called maga. It is said that during the time of Ved Vyas, people residing here, when became ill, went to Varanasi. It was believed that dying in Varanasi would help them escape the cycle of birth and death. Ved Vyas, however, taking pity on the maga land, established at Kamnagar a teerth. It was to be revered in the month of Magha
i.e. January February. He declared that by worshipping here one would get rid from the danger of becoming an ass after death. Pilgrims thus flock here to offer their prayers and worship to the Lord.
Architecture of Temple of Ved Vyas
The ancient temple of Ved Vyas has been beautifully decorated. The temple can be reached by climbing the main stairs or ghat that leads up from the Ganges into the fort. Another small temple can be seen constructed upon the stairs to the left. An idol of Goddess Ganga
has been installed in the temple. The idol of the goddess made of white marble and is seated on a crocodile. She is adorned with rich dress and wears a crown on her head. The goddess has four hands. One of them is seen hanging down, the second hand is in uplifted pose, the third hand grasps a lotus and the fourth hand is seen holding a brass vessel. One can also enter a court on the left side by climbing to the top of the stairs. The court is bounded on one side by the parapet of the fort, and remains open on the other side. Many other shrines have been erected here. The first temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva
. Another temple rests against the trunk of a tree, and has various other small deities. Near to this shrine is a platform, on which is a temple bearing the name of Ved Vyas. However, there is no idol of Ved Vyas inside the temple. Here the object of worship is the emblem of Lord Shiva. On the floor of the platform is a carved disk that represents the Sun. At a short distance off, a figure of Lord Ganesha
can also be seen.