Bil-kaleshwar temple mela

Date    :   May - June , 2011
Venue :  Meeting place of River Beas and Kunah Khad

The Bil-kaleshwar temple of Shiva, dating back to more than 400 years old, is considered to be a pilgrimage spot as sacred as Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

It is located on the Nadaun-Sujanpur Road, at the meeting place of River Beas and Kunah Khad. During the annual mela or festival in the month of Baishakh (May-June), large numbers of devotees gather here to pray before the Shivlinga, the phallic representation of Shiva.

Legend has it that the construction of the temple was begun by the Pandava princes, heroes of the epic, Mahabharata, with the aid of Viswakarma, during their exile. In order to keep it a secret, the work was carried out at night. However, they were spotted by the locals inhabiting the forest areas and the project abandoned. Later, the construction was completed under the supervision of a king of the Katoch dynasty.

It is common for devotees who are unable to visit Haridwar, to disperse the mortal remains of their relatives, to do it in the sacred waters of this place.