BHADERWAH - Kablas(Kailash) Yatra

Kablas yatra (Kailash Yatra)

Kailash Yatra or Kablas Yatra as it is called in the local Bhaderwahi language in Bhadarwah starts every year in late August or early September.

Kailash Kund is located at 16000 ft above sea. It is beautiful natural lake having ice cold clear fresh water, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. There are many such kunds around it like Rishi dals and Kal dals (Dal means Lake). Kailash Yatra starts from Vasuki Nag Temple Gatha Bhadarwah and passes through Lakshmi Narayan Temple towards Kailash Kund.

"According to a belief, Lord Vasuki Nag had come from some where outside. At Gatha, a poor and old woman of Diaden families was living in a hut. She had a cow which was giving 4-5kg of milk daily. This cow was the only means of her living. Suddenly; this cow stopped giving 5kg milk. This continued for at least 10 days. The old lady became very worried so she hid behind a tree, suddenly she saw that a man came, changed in to a big snake and started sucking milk from the cow. After some time, the snake disappeared. This shocked the women. She returned back home and become unconscious. That night, she saw a dream. The man who had turned in to a big snake came in to her dream. The man said he was Vasuki Nag. He said that the place of Gatha had fascinated him. He asked her to make a temple for him at the place. In the morning, she told the villagers about it. The villagers gathered and decided to build a temple of Vasuki Nag there. This temple is present at Gatha Bhadarwah .The members of Didan family are Pujaries there. "

The yatra proceeds further on the same route, which, as per legend, was taken by Shri Vasukinagji to reach Kailash Kund at the time when Garudji challenged him to a fight. Instead of fighting With Garudh ji, Shri Vasuki Nag Ji ran away to avoid the fight to keep Garudh's promise which he had made to his mother.

"It is also believed that when Shri Vasuki Naag Ji reached Shankh Padhar he threw his shunkh to get water out of the land for quenching his thrust that is why the spot is named as Shankh Padhar. He aslo ate grass which became sweet. Yatris eat grass from this place on the way to Kailash Kund as prasad. Lord Shiva used to live at Kailash Kund with his family. When Vasuki Naag Ji reached there, he prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva appeared and promised him that Garud Ji cannot attack him there and he is safe. Lord Shiva also offered Vasuki Naag Ji to live there and himslef left with his family to Manimahesh in Himachal Pradesh.". Lord Shiva also offered Vasuki Naag Ji to live there and himslef left with his family to Manimahesh in Himachal Pradesh."

On the way to Kailash Kund yatris shout religious slogans like "Jai bole Vasuki Naag ki -- Jai" and "Bole ga jaikara hoyega satkara bol sanche darbar ki jai". Government and NGOs including some local families organize lungers at Seeri Baazar Bhaderwah as well as on the way up on Kailash mountains. Some yatris take with themselves tents for night stay. The yatra passes through Seeri baazar and reaches Nalthi village via Sungli. In the middle of the mountain above Nalthi starts a plain path which yatries cover to reach Hanyieha. It is akailash kund charming small plain spot which is believed to have a temple in the past. There is an old spring as well. Here yatries take rest in the night. People of adjoining villages server Langers to the yatris.

The other day at about noon, yatra reaches at "Jiggar Gudh" a small stream in the forest at the base of another hill "Gow Paeda". It is named so because Shri Vasuki Nag ji had turned into a cow while climbing this hill. (Cow is called Gow in Bhaderwahi).

After finishing the heights of Gow Paeda yatra passes in groups through wild flowers growing over a slope called "Ram Tund". Thereseoj dhar is a green valley over the peak, having Gujjar huts.

After this yatra reaches "Gan Thuck" a very beautiful spot with the scenic beauty of "Seojdhar" and adjoining areas. This is the Spot where Shri Vasuki Nag ji had converted into a honeybee called "Gan" in Bhaderwahi. while others move on to Kailash Kund for the night. On the way yatra comes across two big stones which have a story attached to them. It is believed that there were two "Dev Kanyas" (Daughters of gods) who were collecting flowers and herbs, but they made fun of Shri Vasuki Nag Ji when he was running deadly tired. Shri Vasuki Nag Ji got annoyed and cursed them to become stones and they are still in the form of stones which were named as "Shagereene" (Herb collectors).

Yatris take bath in the ice cold water of the kund and perform pooja of Lord Shiva and Shri Vasuki Naag Ji. Yatra takes about 2-3 days to complete and after few days after Mela Patt is celebrated in Khakkal Mohalla Bhaderwahshowcases the rich cultural and secular traditions of this beautiful valley.

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