Yugdhar is most famous for the Shrine of Baba Yug Maharaj ji. This temple is almost one thousand year old. In the temple, there are Pindees and idol of Baba Yug Maharaj ji, Nagdevta and Mahamaya mata .All the devotees serve “Rot” (thick chapati made of atta, gud and ghee) and”Jaggery” (Gud) as offering to Baba Yug . Now a days people also offer “Halwa” and “Phulian” as prasad to Baba Yug Maharaj . Baba Yug Maharaj ji fullfills the desires of its devotees . The people of surrounding villages Satyalta, Tandhar, Nagulta, Gharian, Dhanas, Pattangarh, Sewna, Karian, Charat, Pakhlai, Barmeen, Malad Satyalta, etc too come here every year for prayers and seek the blessings of Baba Yug. There is a natural source of water near the temple.
The traditional yatra to Baba Yug temple and other holy places is held every year since time immemorial . The farmers after the cultivation of new crops; i.e; maize, wheat and paddy (rice); first offer the prasad to these devsthans . There is a belief that due to this the production increases and rains will be on time. The blessings of Baba Yug Maharaj Ji are also on the bovine animals. Before consuming the milk products people offer prasad of milk and desi ghee to Baba Yug Maharaj Ji .
The yatra to Baba Yug starts from Sewna, Karian, Satyalta, Charat, Tandhar, Nagulta, Gharian Dhanas, Pattangarh, Malad Satyalta . After paying obeisance at Nagon Ka Pani Nagdevta Mandir, Malpa Mata, Narsinghdev Mandir, Mahamaya Mata Mandir, Dadi Ther Mandir, Siya Devi, Pakkaan Devi temple, Dadi Bhaskaar temple, Kalika Mata temple, the yatra reaches and Yugdhar temple from different locations . They pay obeisance to Baba Yug Maharaj Ji and obtain his blessings . The people arrange bhandaras for the pilgrims . They pray to Baba Yug Maharaj Ji for the peace, prosperity, good health, happiness, development, growth, common brotherhood of the people, country and world .
MELA BABA YUG
The mela of Baba Yug is held on May 31 every year in which thousands of people participate. On this day, the ‘Puja’ of Baba Yug takes place in the premises of Baba Yug . After puja the bhajans, havan and aarti are held. After aarti and havan, every devotee pays homage to ‘Baba Yug’. A bhandara is also arranged by the local people of the surrounding villages. Different stalls of eatable like sweets, pakodas, tea, etc are also arranged in the mela .
A colourful cultural programme is also held in which children, students, youths, and senior citizens also participate and it comprises of Dogri songs, Bhajans, Bhangada, Lambi-Bhakh etc .
The mela of Baba Yug was started in the year 2012 after a long struggle by Sarpanch Baldev Singh with the active support of the MLA Chenani K C Bhagat, Sarpanch Gian Chand Sharma, Sarpanch Vijay Kumar, Sarpanch Dev Raj and much assisted by the members of Himalayan Social Welfare & Development Society Sewna J&K .Mela was inaugurated by the then MLA K C Bhagat, in 2013 the mela was inaugurated by the then MP Ch Lal Singh, in 2014 the mela was inaugurated by then MLA K C Bhagat . In the year 2015, the mela was inaugurated by MLA Chenani Dina Nath Bhagat .
HOW TO REACH YUGDHAR
There are mainly two ways to proceed to Yugdhar. First is from Chenani town and the second way is from Samroli (Aarsian) National Highway:
The first path to Yugdhar is from Chenani town and it is 18 KMs long .From Chenani town to Badansoo about 14 kms belt , there is road connectivity and the remaining four kms is on foot . In this path one can take the blessings of Pakkaan Devi, a goddess who is situated at Pattidhar .There are several other ancient holy temples which includes Shivji Mandir at Tandhar near Chenani bridge Suryaputri Tawi river, etc .
The second way to Yugdhar is from Samroli (Aarsian) National Highway which is about 13 kms long and the whole path is on foot .The advantage is that one can take the blessings of Goddesses present on the path . Between Samroli to Sewna, there is Malpa Mata temple at Terthiyal, Shivji temple at Sewna. From Sewna to Panchayat Ghar Satyalta, there is Mahamaya temple and Yug devta temple. From Panchayat Ghar Satyalta to Yugdhar, one may go through Slather and Kannaat . The Kalika Mata and Siya Devi temple come in this way . Other path from Sewna to Yugdhar is through Karrian -Bamaad .
(The author is General Secretary Yugdhar Devsthan Development Trust, Chenani)