Bhagsunag Temple, is surrounded by lovely pools and lush greenery, is an ancient temple.
It is located about 3 kilometres from Mcleodganj, is highly revered by the local Gorkha and Hindu community, and is also known as the Bhagsunath Temple.
Legend has it that the two pools around the temple are sacred and possess miraculous powers of healing. So why not take a dip in the chilly waters of the holy pond, also known as the ‘jalkund,’ and see if you feel any different? If you’re not up for the chilly dip, there’s also a well-maintained swimming pool for the general public in front of the sacred pond, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
After you’ve offered your prayers and possibly taken a dip, you can proceed to the Bhagsunag Waterfalls or merely sit back and soak in the stillness and tranquility of the temple and its surroundings. Plus, the temple is also surrounded by major tourist attractions like the Dal Lake and the Kotwali Bazaar, making it a must-visit spot for tourists.
The Bhagsunath Temple has an interesting backstory as well. According to popular legends, the temple was built by King Bhagsu to seek forgiveness from the Snake God, Nag Devta, after he stole water from the sacred Nag Dal Lake. Alternatively, it’s widely believed that the temple was built with the patronage of the Bhagsuwala community in reverence to the God Bhagsunag.
If you happen to be visiting in September, make sure to check out the annual fair that takes place here. With its colourful celebrations and festive spirit, the fair attracts a large number of tourists from all across the region, ensuring that the temple remains crowded throughout the day during the time of the fair.
Getting to the Bhagsunath Temple is a breeze. It’s just a 2-kilometre distance from the Mcleodganj Bus Stand, from where you can either take a leisurely walk or hire a cab to take you there. The temple is also easily accessible from all other parts of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj by taxi.
So why wait? Visit the Bhagsunath Temple and take a refreshing dip in the holy pond or swimming pool. You might just feel that miraculous power of healing!