Located at a height of 6,900 feet above sea level and just around 2 km from Mcleodganj in Dharamsala, the Bhagsunag Temple, also spelt as Bhagsu Nag, is the main feature of the namesake village where it is located. That, and the waterfall that lies a short distance ahead of the temple itself, also called Bhagsunag Falls. While the beautiful waterfall attracts more crowds clambering to drench themselves in the cold Himalayan waters, the temple itself is also worth visiting even if you’re not that religious or spiritual. The temple has a rather interesting story, one that dates back to a time even before the temple. It is said that Bhagsu was a local king of the region, and during his reign the kingdom was struck by a severe drought. Promising water to his subjects, Bhagsu went forth into the mountains and reached Nag Dal, which was claimed by the serpent king. ALSO READ: Backpacking in India: 5 cheapest places to stay in Himachal Pradesh
Bhagsu used his powers to drain the water of the lake and send it to his own kingdom, but the serpent king confronted the king on his way back and challenged him to a fight. After a brutal fight, the god was able to mortally wound Bhagsu. As he fell, so did the water of Nag Dal down the mountains and onto his kingdom. In his dying moments, Bhagsu asked that the serpent god allow the water to continue to flow so that his subjects may prosper. The god relented, and the place today is called Bhagsu Nag, bringing together the names of both god and king.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DHARAMSALA
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