Bateshwar is a place which is called as a mini-pilgrimage site because of various reasons. It has temples of Lord Shiva. It has some strong connection with Lord Krishna and his family or ancestors. It is also a very sacred site for the followers of the Jain Community because of Jain Tirthankar. There is a very holy river called the Yamuna River. You have a great opportunity to visit this small town and make the most of the tour by delhi to agra by car.
An Introduction to Bateshwar
Bateshwar is a small town which is located around 70 km away from Agra. It is a place which is very popular because of its culture. There are 108 temples of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The presence of these temples makes it a place of cultural and spiritual importance. This is one of the reasons Bateshwar fair and festival is very famous. Bateshwar is a very sacred place and can be called as a mini-pilgrimage site for the Hindus. There is the holy river Yamuna. The river Yamuna plays a very important role during this festival. People come over here and take a dip in the waters of the river Yamuna. There are cattle and livestock in the town of Bateshwar. The atmosphere in Bateshwar is fully rustic.
Lord Shiva is Bateshwar Mahadev
The name of the fair and festival has been named as Bateshwar Mahadev because there are more and more temples of Lord Shiva. The 108 temples are all dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was great. He has been the only human being in the world till now with the third eye. It is said that he was one of the most powerful beings on the earth. It is said that if Lord Shiva is worshipped, one is capable of getting salvation and if Lord Shiva is worshipped along with Goddess Parvati, his wife; then one gets a beautiful marital life.
Temples Dedicated to Lord Shiva
The hundreds of temples located over there are dedicated to none other than Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva referred to as Bateshwar Mahadev. All the temples are in one line together. There is a curve of which is in the shape of a crescent. This shape of a Crescent is a result of the riverfront. There are many Ghats also which makes the building easier for the people.
Connection with Lord Krishna
The town of Bateshwar has also got some connection with Lord Krishna. It is said that Bateshwar is the birthplace of the mother of Lord Krishna. It was decided that the town was called Surajpur. It was in honor of the founder king called as Suraj Sen. Suraj Sen was the grandfather of Lord Krishna. This is how Bateshwar shares some kind of connection with Lord Krishna also.
The Son of the Dhams (The Pilgrimage Sites)
Bateshwar is a very important site for the Hindus as it has been mentioned earlier also that it is a mini-pilgrimage site. It is called the son of the Dhams. The word ‘Dham’ refers to Char Dham. The ‘Char Dhams’ are four major pilgrimage sites in India. If Bateshwar is called as the son of the dhams, it means that it is also of high importance. The Char Dhams are Badrinath in the North, Dwarka in the West, Rameshwaram in the South and Jagannath Puri in the East.
Connection of Bateshwar with Tirthankar
Bateshwar is also believed to be the birthplace of one of the Jain Tirthankars. It is said that the 22nd Jain Tirthankar called as Nemichand took birth over here. This is how it is of great significance for the followers of Jain Community also.
A Pilgrimage Site for the Jain
It is a pilgrimage site for the people following the Jainism also. Digambar and shwetambar are the two sects of Jainism. According to both of them, Bateshwar is a pilgrimage site. There are some temples dedicated to the Tirthankar here, which are located at Shorapur which is 3 km away from this place.
Bateshwar Fair and Festival
Festivals are part of life. They are very important to us. They give us a wonderful break. They are rejuvenating. In our normal life also if we celebrate festivals, we enjoy a lot. Festivals remove the dust of boredom from our daily routine. They add great value to life. If you are on same day tour to agra by car from delhi, and there is Bateshwar fair and festival; please do not miss an opportunity to visit it. You will be completely happy and have great memories of the tour. There is a cattle fair which is held at Bateshwar during the festival. The fair takes place in November. There are a number of Camels, oxen, goats, horses, elephants and other kinds of cattle.