The discussion of the culture and spirituality of India is not only in one state, city or district but in many countries of the world. From Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there are lakhs of such ancient temples that we and you keep hearing about. The story of these temples is also very interesting.
There is also such a temple in Uttarakhand whose story is very much discussed nowadays. It is being said about the temple that the door of the temple opens only once in a year and that too on the day of Rakshabandhan. In this article, we will tell you the history of the temple and why it opens on the day of Rakhi? Going to answer the questions etc. Let’s know
Temple of Vanshi Narayan Ji
Yes, the name of the temple about which we are referring to you is Vanshi Narayan Mandir. This temple, situated at an altitude of more than 12 thousand feet above sea level, is in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is said that whenever the day of Rakhi is near, the cleaning of the places around the temple starts so that the devotees can have a good darshan.
It is said about this temple that the day of Rakshabandhan opens with sunrise and as soon as sunset, the doors of the temple are closed for the next 365 days. But as soon as the door of the temple opens, women start tying Rakhi to the Lord and also worship with great pomp.
Mythology related to Vanshi Narayan
There is a legend related to this temple that when Lord Vishnu appeared on earth from Patal Lok, it happened at this place. There is also a mythological story behind coming to earth from Patal Lok.
It is believed that in order to destroy the ego of King Bali, Lord Vishnu took the form of Vamana and destroyed the ego of Bali and sent him to Patal Lok . When Bali’s ego was destroyed, he prayed to Narayan that you should stay in front of me. After this Vishnu became the gatekeeper of the sacrifice.
When Vishnu did not reach Maa Lakshmi for a long time, then Lakshmi ji reached the people of Patal Lok and after tying a rakhi on the wrist of the sacrifice, asked him to Vishnu ji and returned to his world. Since then this place came to be worshiped as Vanshi Narayan.
Other story related to the temple
The Vanshi Narayan Temple is said to have been built in the 6th century. Another folk belief is that Lord Narada used to worship Lord Vishnu for 364 days in this temple and leave for a day so that people can worship.
Local people also do makeup of Lord Narayan on Shravan Purnima. On the day of Rakshabandhan, butter comes from every house of the village for Lord Narayan.