Arjundhara : Temple That Holds History Behind Mahabharat


Arjundhara is located at Ward no.4  of Arjundhara VDC in the northern part of Jhapa, the far eastern district of Nepal.  Jaleshwor Dham is famous by the name of Pashupatinath. 5 km from Birtamod, the main business center of Mechi region. Located in the north, thousands of devotees from home and abroad visit this festival every year on various festivals.

Within the hands of Arjundhara Dham, which carries the historical background of the Mahabharata period, Sanskrit Ma.V. And Sanskrit Bede Vidyapeeth.With the help of Dham, Gargi Vidyapeeth is being run in Kalikasthan, Shanishchare, 2 km east of Garib, with the objective of imparting Vedic education to women.

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During the Mahabharata period, when the Pandavas had to go into hiding, they went to the kingdom of the great king. The Kauravas, including Duryodhana, discovered the hiding place of the Pandavas and withdrew nine lakh cows of the Pandavas from the kingdom of the great king.

Arjuna, who was hiding as Brihanala, a heroic warrior of the Pandava side, brought back the looted cows. Legend has it that the cow was brought to Arjundhara as the cows were very thirsty and worshiped the god of the people, Lord Shiva. Thus, it has been further confirmed that there was a kingdom of a great king around this shrine.

About 12 km from this wound. As the ponds dug in the southeast during the reign of the Birat king still exist, this area also seems to fall within the Birat kingdom.University and Sanskrit University run in Dham. The principal of the school, Pandit Pushpalal Niraula, says that the Arjundhara temple is associated with the history of the Mahabharata period.

The dham and the school were run by local donors and the dham could be developed as a religious tourist destination.Although the present condition of Arjundhara Jaleshwor Dham, which has historical significance of the Mahabharata period, is remarkable, it is still awaiting protection and support.

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The physical development of this shrine started in the year 2023 BS from a saint named Khade Baba. The contribution of social workers including Durga Prasad Kharel, Brij Mohan Gattani, Hem Bahadur Thapa, Shiva Prasad Dahal and Pushpalal Niraula is continuing.This shrine has historical, archeological, spiritual, religious and cultural significance as well as tourist importance.

The importance of Arjundhara Jaleshwar Dham has increased after the construction of the temple in the style of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu. The construction of the temple in Pashupati style has not only increased the attraction of the temple but also the number of devotees visiting the temple. The shape of the temple is the same from Bashaha, Ghanta and Gajur in front of Pashupati’s temple.

During the Mahabharata period, when the Pandavas had to go into hiding, they went to the kingdom of the great king. The Kauravas, including Duryodhana, discovered the hiding place of the Pandavas and withdrew nine lakh cows of the Pandavas from the kingdom of the great king.

Arjuna, who was hiding as Brihanala, a heroic warrior of the Pandava side, brought back the looted cows. Legend has it that the cow was brought to Arjundhara as the cows were very thirsty and worshiped the god of the people, Lord Shiva. Thus, it has been further confirmed that there was a kingdom of a great king around this shrine.

An idol has been set up in the middle of the ancient pond where Arjuna drew water from an arrow. On the south side of the ancient pond, cold water flows continuously from five five metal streams and inside the pond you can find different kinds of colorful fish and lotus flowers. Statues of Shiva, Ganesh, Nag, Hanuman, Saraswati etc. are installed inside the Jaleshwar Dham premises.

Apart from this, marriage, ritual, sacrifice room, Kriyaputri room, religious program reading and audience room, etc. have also been established within the premises of the Dham.In this Dham, B.Sc. Puranas are being completed in line with the goal of installing all the 18 Puranas starting from 2042 BS.

are performed every year on the day of Bala Chatudarshi. And, on this day, millions of devotees from Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim, Assam, Darjeeling, Guwahati, Calcutta and other places in India come to visit this shrine.Satvij returns home with the confidence that his wish will be fulfilled.

Apart from this, thousands of Hindu devotees visit this holy place on festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Ram Navami, Shrikrishna Janmashtami. Even in various other festivals, bhajan kirtan as well as marriage, bratvandha, janmotsav etc. rituals are conducted and concluded in a simple manner according to Hindu method.

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This has further helped in saving the money spent in the society with extravagant pomp and splendor and also in helping the lower class Hindu families to behave financially while observing their religion, rites and traditions. While bathing in the five metal streams of this holy shrine and worshiping Lord Shiva, there is a belief that the body will not be touched by the disease, the disease will be removed and even if one has committed any sin in the past, one will be saved from it.

In the year 2053 BS, a picture of this shrine was painted. Despite the issuance of one lakh postage stamps at the rate of Rs 1 lakh, no concrete initiative has been taken by the government and the Department of Archeology to preserve and excavate the historical, religious, cultural and archeological significance of the shrine. With the help of the locals, the Arjundhara temple in Jhapa could be developed as a religious tourist destination.

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