Baba Dhansar is located in the Reasi district of the Jammu region. Located at a distance of 17 km from Reasi city is a small village named Karua.
The holy shrine of Baba Dhansar is situated here and can be reached after a walk of 300-400m from the main road. It is some 11 km from Katra and 65 km from Jammu city.
Baba Dhansar temple is linked to many ancient beliefs.This temple lies close to a pious lake, which is known to fulfil one’s wishes. The presence of the age old Shiva temple at this place is the primary reason for the fame of the place.
According to mythological beliefs, when Lord Shiva went to Amarnath to reveal his powers of immortality to Parvati, he left his serpent king Sheshnag at Anantnag. Sheshnag later took a human form as Vasudev and bore a son named Dhansar, who turned to be a saintly person. The place is named after this son of Sheshnag as Baba Dhansar.
It is a mythical belief that when Lord Shiva travelled to the Amarnath caves to tell Goddess Parvati the story of his immortality, he left his serpent king, Sheshnag at Anantnag. Sheshnag transformed himself in the physical body of Vasudev.
One of the sons of Vasudev was Dhansar who was an angelic person. As the local belief goes, in the ancient times there was a demon who lived near Karua Jheel who committed mayhem on the people of village Karua.
The villagers sought the help of Baba Dhansar to get rid of the demon. Lord Shiva arrived in the spot and helped the men to slay the demon. The temple of Baba Dhansar and a cave of Lord Shiva near the Jheel has become an eponymous place of worship now.
Karua Jheel is considered sacred, where bathing is not permitted. Though, the devotees can take a bath downstream. People believe that their wishes are fulfilled if they take a dip in the stream and pray honestly with heart and soul. A large number of devotees visit the place every year, particularly on the day of Maha Shivratri when an annual fair (mela) is held.
The holy place is a scenic treat to the eyes. It’s a delight for tourists visiting this place to see a number of waterfalls here.
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