Nag Vasuki Temple Prayagraj

Nag Vasuki Temple Prayagraj
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Nag Vasuki Temple, Bakshi Bandh Rd, Daraganj, Prayagraj, U.P.

Open & Close:

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:

Nil

Duration:

Approx 30 Minutes

Famous For:

Special rituals to liberate from Kaal Sarp Dosha

Nag Vasuki Temple in Prayagraj is a shrine for the Snake God. Nag Vasuki is considered as king of serpents. As the legend goes, during Sagar Manthan (सागर मंथन – sea churning), Nagraj Vasuki offered himself to be used as a rope around Mandarachal mountain to churn the Kshir Sagar (क्षीर सागर). Located almost six kilometer from the railway station, Nagvasuki Temple stands on a high cliff overlooking the Ganga, close to the confluence. It’s one of the ancient most temples in Prayagraj and Nag Vasuki, the presiding deity, holds significance as one of the seven ‘Tirtha Devas’ (gods). Tirtha Devas (तीर्थ देव) are the most revered gods in a pilgrimage site. The seven ‘Tirtha Devas’ in Prayagraj are Triveni Sangam (त्रिवेणी संगम), Veni Madhav (वेणी माधव), Som (सोम), Rishi Bhardwaj (ऋषि भारद्वाज), Nag Vasuki (नाग वासुकी), Akshayavat (अक्षयवट) and Sheshanag (शेषनाग). A Sanskrit shloka (श्लोक) says: “Trivenim, Madhavam, Somam, Bhardwajam ch Vasukim, Vande Akshayavatam, Shesham Prayagam Tirthanayakam”. As per Skand Puran, Nag Vasuki Temple is said to be the Naghrid Tirtha. Though Nag Vasuki Temple traces its roots to 10th century but the present temple structure, built by Maratha king Shridhar Bhonsle, belongs to 18th century. Its shikhara, colored in yellow and orange, can be spotted from a distance. A fine example of medieval period Hindu temple architecture, Nag Vasuki Temple in Prayagraj is one of the two temples (another in Nasik) where special religious rituals are performed to obviate the ill-effects of 'Kaal Sarpa Dosha', arising out of unique positions of the ‘grahas’ (planets) in a person’s horoscope.

Various ancient Hindu scriptures mention exact location of Nag Vasuki Temple and nearby religiously sacrosanct places. As per the Puranas, Nag Vasuki Temple is situated to the north of Bharadwaj Ashram. To the east of this temple is Pratisthanpuri (now known as Jhusi) and Samudrakoop (Jhunsi), to its west is Kambalashavatar Nag and to the south Bahumoolak Nag Kshetra. Describing the importance of the place, Lord Sheshnag said in Patal Khand of Varah Puran that at this very place King Divodas had performed ‘tapasya’ (तपस्या – Penance, Austerity) for 60,000 years to please him (Sheshnag). This place is spread over on one hundred and fifty yards where innumerable serpents live. Bhogwati Kund is mentioned to be in existence near Nag Vasuki Temple. Lord Sheshnag has himself said that it is to the east of Vasuki Kshetra and to the west of the Dharmaraj lies the Bhogwati Tirtha, a dip in which wards off fear from serpents.

Another attraction of the place is a statue of Bhishma lying on the bed of arrows, inspired by Mahabharata. Asi Madhav Temple, one of the ‘Dwadash Madhav Temples’ in Prayagraj, is located with the Nag Vasuki Temple complex. Nag Panchami is the festival when Nag Vasuki Temple is decorated and the devotees gather there in hoard. The Nagvasuki temple is situated at a two-km distance to the north of the Triveni Sangam and to extreme north of Daragani locality. The place is secluded and atmosphere conducive to calm meditation. A real Rudraksh tree adorns the temple’s compound. Pilgrims attending Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela make sure to visit this temple.

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