Artcle about Shri Pragateshwar Mahadev Temple (Paddhari)
This article published before more than a dacade in a Gujarati Daily Newspaper, is
very special because it belongs to Late Shri Harilal Upadhyay's Home Town Paddhari.
It is also a very good example of his research work. It is the story behind the
existance of Shri Paragateshwar Mahadev Mandir (Temple of Lord Shiva) at Paddhari.
Many years ago, in Paddhari, there was a person styaing who possess cows.
One of his cows (cow is considered as the most devine animal in Hindu mythologoy)
which was daily goes to the Jungle to eat grass, when came back with others,
was unable to provide any milk. It happened for few days and the owner of the cow
have thought that it might be the Cowboy who is stealing the milk in midway.
Though the cowboy was innocent and he have started keeping an eye on that cow.
What he found was there is a "shivling" under the tree where the cow was standing
and the milk flowen away on the shivling automatically from within her. The Cowboy
have came back and told this to everyone, and the Temple have been established there.
The land of Gujarat is considered as divine, because these are the kind of tales
which are associated with almost all the areas of Gujarat. Of course it needs to work
hard found them really. Here is the story, taken as is from the newspaper,
This site is dedicated as Online Tribute To The Greate Gujarati Author - Late Shri Harilal Upadhyay .
Glimpses of Late Shri Harilal Upadhyay's journey in his own words,
"YOG MANJARI (યોગ મંજરી)".
This semi-biographical, inspirational tale was published as a series of 28 chapters in "Kismat magazine" during 1985-1986.