IMPORTANCE OF SHREE HATKESHVAR MAHADEV
The Nagar community and Shree HATKESHVAR Mahadev are
considered to be synonyms. - inseparable. Wherever a Nagar family
or community sattles, there will invariably be The HATKESHVAR
There are many legends popular for the origin of Shree HATKESHVAR.
Once Lord Shiva, feeling lonely due to separation from Parvati, was moving nude. With his " Kapalpatra " ( begging bowl ) he came in the hermitage of Saints. The wives of Saints got attracted towards him and followed him. Knowing this, the Saintsgotvery upset and cursed Lord Shiva that his organ should fall off from his body. It so happened and the organwentintodeepearth. Many disturbances took place. Saints had norrecognized Lord Shiva. So INDRA and other Godscameand prayed to almightyLord Shiva to bear and attach the organ back to his body. Lord Shivareplied, " I can do so if the world worships it. Lord Brahma worshipped theorgan and established one gold organ there ( HATAK means Gold ). This templewas later known as HATKESHVAR temple. Legend has it that, the place where Lord Shiva had traveled for the reclaiming the organ, produced a river flow which later was brought to earth by the efforts of king Bhagirath & was known as Ganga.
As is mentioned in Skundpurana, a man gets much benefit and spiritual advantage when he worships and prays Lord HATKESHVAR with devotion and faith. It is said that during winter, when there is heavy snowfall in Himalayas, the Lord Kedarnath comes to Hatkeshvar temple of Vadnagar. There are many facets of Lady Parvati also, established in and around Vadnagar.
When Shukhdevji, son of Lord Vyas, left this world soon after birth, Shree Vedvyas and his wife Chetika had performed a difficult penance in the HATKESHVAR region to get a son and got Kapinjal as a son due to the blessings of Lord HATKESHVAR.
The holy place of Pushkar in Ajmer also had its origin in the
HATKESHVAR temple. Due to a request from a Saint Narad, Brahma
desired to throw a lotus flower in such a place which is the most
sacred and where Kali has not entered. The Lotus after moving all
around the world, fell in the HATKESHVAR place. So this region is
famous as second Pushkar area also.
The three best holy places of India are, Prabhas temple, the Kurukshetra and HATKESHVAR temple.
Saint Durvasa had established one Shiv-ling in the HATKESHVAR region andSaint Gautam had performed penance for 100 years to make the holy homage of HATKESHVAR for his son and wife.
Once there was a competition amongst eleven Saints of Kashi to
have the first sighting of HATKESHVAR. All ran in the direction
of Vadnagar to lead and come first. Lord HATKESHVAR felt happy
and gave this sight (Darshan)
to all the eleven Saints simultaneously.
HATKESHWAR based NAGARS have a boon from LORD HATKESHWAR that, whatever they speak will happen. ( However, no NAGAR family is able to permanently settle in Vadnagar. )- due to curse from LORD HATKESHWAR.
In olden days, some Muslim kings attacked Vadnagar. This went
on repeatedly. So people of Vadnagar decided to build a fort
around the town to save themselves from the invasions. The senior
and older citizens of the town advised to build the fort in such
a way that the temple of LORD HATKESHWAR will be inside the fort
and remain protected. For some reason, this could not
materialize. So the temple ended up being outside the fort.
Hence, LORD HATKESHWAR gave a curse to
the Nagar community, " Just as you have kept me out of the town, you also will always be out of the town for ever. Even today, the temple of LORD HATKESHWAR is situated outside the town. It is said that, no NAGAR family has been able to
permanently settle in Vadnagar.
Nagars, are, though a sub-caste of Brahmins, a much different
in many ways. While people of other castes worship other GODS,
Nagars and Brahmins - intellect oriented as they are - worship
LORD SHIVA. Even LORD SHIVA has two faces in his worship. (1 ).
One face of SHIVA surrounded by ghosts - a frightful one, and (2
) A perfect Tandav based beautiful face of LORD SHIVA. Even in
this beautiful face of LORD SHIVA, two interpretations are
available. One is destruction and
the other new creation from destruction. SHIVA does not have any births - as LORD SHIVA is omnipresent and his idol is absolute. Even amongst these facets, LORD SHIVA's complexion of beauty and new creation is more positive. Nagars, in
order to live nicely with their original cultural values, have started devotion of this lustrous and creative beautiful complexion. Only as a result of this, the life style of Nagars is more culture oriented and illustrious - much different from that of other communities.