Thursday, November 13, 2008

Trip to Zeethyar Temple, Srinagar

 June, 2008:
Zeestha Devi temple at Zeethyar ( Zeeth'yar/Jaishthethwar Shrine) in interior Srinagar at the foothills of Zabarwan mountain range. Earlier, one had to trek to this far off spot. But, now one can easily drive right up to the steps that lead to it. 

Zeestha Devi Temple Spring.

Unlike, Khir Bhawani spring, the water here is stagnant and needs to be cleaned frequently. And unlike Khir Bhawani Shrine and like the Chakrishwar temple atop Hari Parbat, meat -(particularly tcharvan (fried Liver) with Taher(turmeric yellowed rice), can be consumed here.  

Zeestha Devi. A lot of pandit families used to take Taher-charvan here. Government, circumventing few rules, on the initiative of a few pandit high officers, has recently built beautiful guesthouses on the slopes surrounding the temple.These guest houses are run by a trust. When I visited the place, it being a hindu, Indian tourist season - Summer, there were also a few non-kashmiri vendors selling Kehwa and frying thin Luchis in oil.

Gods, old and new, under the tree.

Shiv temple at Zeethyar against the back drop of Zabarwan hills.

A dense forest covers the nearby slopes and is home to a number of wild animals. A cousin of mine visited the place in 2001 and witnessed a very funny scene: A BSF guard on duty near the gate was regaining consciousness after having suffered a fear induced fainting attack. Moments ago, he had been approached by a leopard.


This Shiv Ling was earlier located at Ganpatyar temple and was moved to Zeeth Ya'r in around 1988. Most people remember it as Shiv-ling with a crack. 

An old habit of picking gor-da'yel (some sort of local citrus fruit) from the wild trees near the entrance to shrine. Gor-da'yel are meant to be consumed after cooking. We took a lot of them and did cook and ate them later.

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All Photographs taken by me in June, 2008.

2 comments:

  1. loved this one especially the BSF soldier story!illustrates yet again that deep beneath all uniforms an all nationalities, communities and religions we are just simple human beings who share the same fears, same tribulations, the same ecstasies and agonies! THE personae dramatis could easily have been any other person an it hardly would have mattered as far as the consequence goes: nine out of ten would have fainted!

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