Skandpuran is also mentioned in the Manaskhand …
The temples of Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Sanatan Dharma, are present in many places in the country. But their original place of residence is considered Mount Kailash. Devbhoomi Uttarakhand enjoys the status of Devbhoomi for several reasons.
On the one hand, while Adishakti Mata is also called the mother of the mountains due to their abode, Lord Shiva is also considered to be residing on this holy land. In such a situation, today we are telling you about one such temple of Lord Shiva Shankar, which is also mentioned in the Manaskhand of Skandpuran. Apart from this, there is also a waterfall here, in which it is believed that Lord Shiva performs Jalabhishek with the water of this waterfall.
Actually this temple is Pungeshwar Mahadev Temple … Pithoragarh of Uttarakhand, famous by the name Devbhoomi, Berinag (Venninag) is famous as the land of serpents. The Bafila Gram Sabha-Berinag is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, the chief of the Nagas, who is worshiped here in supari (Pungi) at a distance of 8 km from the town of Berinag. This is the only Shiva temple where the center of faith is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shivalinga is present as betel nut.
History of Pungeshwar Shiva Temple
This Shiva temple was built during the rule of the Katyuri kings (7th-11th century). According to local beliefs, the pilgrimage of the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra, organized since ancient times, departed only after the visit of this Shiva temple. This tradition was discontinued due to the change of route.
It is believed that Lord Shiva Parvatraj married Mata Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas, while departing towards her native abode Kailash, when Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati passed through this path and they rested here, during the rest, of both of them. The grain of Pungi (betel nut) fell from the Aanchal Granth (tied in the ceremony of marriage) tied in the wrist, and the place where it fell the grain of betel nut was established as Lord Shiva betel nut. The place was named “Pungeshwar Mahadev” which is today known as “Pungeshwar”.
The name of this temple is also mentioned in the Manaskhand of Skandpuran (Vyakshotimoyadhyay, Vyas Uvach, 87) as “Pungishvar Mahadev” The river Gauriganga (Gorghati) flows to the north of this temple. ) Highly beautiful and present in its full natural form, which offers immense possibilities of tourism, this waterfall is more than 150 meters high.
According to the Manas section of Skanda Purana, “Lord Shiva performs Jalabhishek with the water of this waterfall and on the banks of the waterfall there is a huge grand cave named ‘Lumbaka’ served by Rudra Kanya and Nagakanya, where Lord Shiva had done penance for many years.”
This temple has been constructed in Katyuri style, Katyuri kings are known for temple construction.Their temples are identified in architecture by the construction of beautiful wooden chhatranuma structure above the temple, with inscriptions and copperplates. Pungeshwar Mahadev Temple, In whose sanctum sanctorum, Shivling in supari form, Nandi in the courtyard sits as a vehicle.