Bindu Sarovara


The legendary Bindu Sarovar and Ocean Drop Tank are believed to have water from every holy water body in the whole of India. The tank is suitably surrounded by many temples.

Bindu Sagar Lake alias Bindu Sarovara also known as Ocean Drop Tank is a sacred lake located to the north of the Lingaraj Temple and to the east of the Ananta Vasudeva Temple. Legends says that Bindu Sagar Lake was created by Lord Shiva by bringing water from all the holy places to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati. Hence it is believed that a dip in the Bindu Sagar Lake would washes away all the sins and the devotees get rid of all their diseases by drinking the holy water.

Located in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere and surrounded by numerous temples and shrines, Bindu Sagar Lake lake serves as a popular picnic spot. The 1,300 feet long and 700 feet wide large Bindu Sagar Lake consists of a tiny island with several shrines in its middle. The lake is the venue for conducting the ritual bath of Lord Lingaraj (Lord Shiva), held during the annual Car festival (Ashokastami). On that day, the Shivalingam of the Lingaraja temple will be taken to the Bindu Sagar Lake for the ritual bath.

Bindusagar is located in the right side of the Talabazar road leading from Kedargouri Chowk to Lingaraja Temple, Old Town, Bhubaneswar. This road is also known as Bindusagar Road. It is now under the care and maintenance of Lingaraja Temple Administration. The tank is enclosed within a masonry embankment made of dressed laterite blocks. It is the largest water body of Bhubaneswar. All the rituals of Lord Lingarajaa are closely associated with this tank.

History


According to local legend, Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati arrived in Varanasi after their wedding. With the passage of time, however, they became restless and longed for a respite from the overcrowded temple town. In their quest for a quiet place, they stumbled upon Ekamrakshetra (the ancient name of Bhubaneswar). It was then controlled by two demons — Kirti and Vasa. Goddess Parvati killed the two demons by pressing them into the ground with her feet.

The place where she is believed to have killed them is now called Devi Padahara. After killing the demons, Parvati felt thirsty; to quench her thirst, Lord Siva struck his trident into the ground and out leapt a spring. Water from holy rivers and streams was then used to sanctify the spring, which ultimately took the form of a large water body — Bindusagar.

To this day, Bindusagar — the largest water body in Bhubaneswar — is considered one of the most holy of water bodies in the state. While this story about the creation of Bindusagar is a part of mythology, Prof. Sadasiba Pradhan, in his book Lesser Known Monuments of Bhubaneswar, talks about an interesting fact about lesser known historical monuments — 17 beautiful tanks, which are next only to the temples of the capital. “Out of the 199 listed lesser-known monuments, 160 were temples (80 per cent); the tanks make their presence felt with a 8.5 per cent visibility,” writes Prof. Pradhan, who is the head of the postgraduate department of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar

According to experts, the water in all the ancient tanks in Old Town of the city has medicinal properties. “All the ancient water bodies of the Old Town area have medicinal qualities. People from various parts of the country even use the water to treat certain ailments. Tourists from Bengal take the water from tanks on the premises of the temple of Kedar-Gouri to cure acidity. In fact, the water in the two tanks of Kedar-Gouri comes in contact with the roots of Kochila trees (Strychnos nux-vomica). So they imbibe medicinal properties from the plants,” says Bijay Kumar Rath, former state archaeologist. According to Rath, people believe that the water from some tanks in the city can even help couples beget children. “Another stream fills the tank of Mukteswar Temple near the Kedar-Gouri temple. But the medicinal properties of the water in the Marichi Kunda on the temple premises is very important. People believe that on an auspicious day on the Hindu calendar, women who have no children can use the waters of the tank in religious rituals and bear a child,” Rath says.


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