ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Rudravarta Tirtha : A miraculous experience

Updated on August 18, 2016
Rudravarta Tirtha
Rudravarta Tirtha

Introduction

There are countless temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in India & elsewhere, but one place stands apart among these. That is the Rudravarta/Rudravarth Tirtha, a little known place in Uttar Pradesh in India. Everywhere devotees offer flowers, milk, Bael (Indian Wood Apple) leaves, fruits etc. to Lord Shiva as a Puja, & take the offerings back as Prasad or blessed things touched by the Lord. But only at Rudravarta Tirtha, where devotees offer those things in a small pool of water known as Rudravarta Kund which is situated near, & connected to, the holy river Gomati, the things vanish into the Kund as if Lord Shiva actually has accepted the offerings, & more astonishingly, only one fruit (out of five offered as a ritual) floats up in the water of the Kund as if the Lord has returned that which the devotees joyfully accept as Prasad. This is so astonishing that it is better seen to be believed.

Location

Rudravarta Tirtha is situated in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, about 100 km from the state capital Lucknow. It is situated near (about 8 km) a famous place of pilgrimage called Naimisharanya, which is frequented by thousands of people, but only a very few visit Rudravarta Tirtha, though it is connected with state highway by good all-weather motorable road.

Road to Rudravarta Tirtha 1
Road to Rudravarta Tirtha 1
Road to Rudravarta Tirtha 2
Road to Rudravarta Tirtha 2

The place

Rudravarta Tirtha is a remote place, situated on the bank of the holy river Gomati. Very few people reside nearby. There are two temples, one of Lord Shiva & the other dedicated to Goddess Parvati, under the shade of huge Pipul trees. An old Sadhu (sage) lives there alone. During the day, some local villagers come with a merchandise of flowers, Bael leaves, fruits & small pots of milk which they sell to the devotees who visit the place.

Two temples under the Pipul tree
Two temples under the Pipul tree
The Sadhu of Rudravarta
The Sadhu of Rudravarta

Gomati river

Gomati river (also known as Gumti ) is a holy river. It is a tributary of the Ganga. Arising from a lake called Gumat/Fulhaar Taal near Pilbhit, it runs 900 km through the state of Uttar Pradesh to join Ganga near Saidpur in Varanasi district. As per Hindu mythology, Gomati is the daughter of the great sage Vashistha. It is considered a holy river & a bath in it on the Ekadasi (the 11th day in the ancient Hindu calendar) day removes all sins.

The picturesque river flows by the side of Rudravarta Tirtha.

Gomati river at Rudravarta Tirtha
Gomati river at Rudravarta Tirtha

Rudravarta Kund

This is a small pool of water, approximately 10ft X 12 ft on the surface. It is connected to Gomati river, but the main source of water is probably a number of small fountains under the water. Water & sand come up bubbling at several points creating an image of small Shiva Lingams of sand continuously appearing & disappearing.

The gate of Rudravarta Kund; Gomati river isn in the background
The gate of Rudravarta Kund; Gomati river isn in the background
Rudravarta Kund
Rudravarta Kund
Devotees at Rudravarta Kund
Devotees at Rudravarta Kund

A miracle or a Natural phenomenon?

The manner in which devotees offer Puja here is unique. Though there is a Shiva temple just on the bank of Gomati, people first offer Puja at the Rudravarta Kund. A devotee is required to offer milk, few Bael leaves & five fruits (whether of the same type or different does not matter). When one offers the things into the water of the Kund, an astonishing thing happens. Milk, when poured into water, normally mixes with water & flows away; but not here - it goes straight down the water of the Kund!

Next, when one offers the Bael leaves & the five pieces of fruit, instead of floating in water they all disappear into the Kund, as if Lord Shiva has accepted the offering. But the most astonishing thing happens after that. One piece of fruit reappears on the surface as if Lord has returned that! The devotees collect that fruit as Prasad of Lord Shiva.

Very rarely it so happens that no fruit reappears at all, in such cases it is considered that Lord Shiva has accepted everything the devotee has offered, & it is considered as even a more holy sign.

A devotee at the Kund with offerings
A devotee at the Kund with offerings
Offering milk
Offering milk

The Shiva temple at Rudravarta Tirtha

There is a small Shiva temple on the bank of Gomati just behind the Kund with a small Shiva Lingam where people come later to worship. It is an ordinary Shiva temple like the millions elsewhere. An old Sadhu stays there looking after the temple. He is a real holy man which is rather rare to find. He used to talk of many things about Religion & God, of which I cannot resist the temptation to mention one in a poor translation : “ Man has many types of demands – those of name, fame, money, good health, sex, child etc., but not of seeing the God. If one really wants to see Him, He surely appears before one.”

Temples at Rudravarta
Temples at Rudravarta
The Shiva Lingam inside the temple
The Shiva Lingam inside the temple
The Sadhu of Rudravarta
The Sadhu of Rudravarta

Conclusion

Rudravarta Tirtha is known to a very small section of the public. The information about it requires widespread circulation, so that more & more pious men & women know about this unique place.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)