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Bheemkund | Mysterious Water Pond in India | Indian Mythology
For the people who have a strong penchant for exploring mysterious places, India too can satiate them profusely and has its due share in its kitty. There is a place called “ Bheemkund ” (Bhimkund) located at a distance of 10 kilometres from Bajna village in Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India.
What Is So Mysterious About Bheemkund?
Can you believe that there is a naturally formed water tank in India with its crystal clear turquoise blue waters which dates back to not mere pre-historic stone age, but even to the previous era, as per Hindu mythology ?
According to Hindu mythology, there existed demi-Gods in three eras (or more indigenously called Yugas) with extremely lengthy durations as given below:
Satya Yuga (or Krita Yuga)– 17,28,000 years – a period of highest ethics, purest virtues.
Treta Yuga – 12,96,000 years – a period of sacred epic Ramayan.
Dwapar Yuga – 8,64,000 years – a period of another sacred epic Mahabharat.
Kali Yuga – 4,32,000 years – the present age.
Prior to the present Kali Yuga, the lengthy chain of successive events in each entire era marked by excellent achievements of demi-Gods came to be studied, praised and followed by the Hindus of the present era with fervor and adoration. During the first period of Satya Yuga the righteousness and high virtues were observed everywhere in the world and the negative qualities like anger, hatred, jealousy, plunder, kleptomania etc., were totally absent. With the passage of time, during the subsequent Treta Yuga and Dwapar Yuga the moral principles were found to have started to diminish gradually in a phased manner, in spite of reincarnations of Gods having taken birth and fought against the evil. With the advent of the present Kali Yuga, the good virtues have been largely replaced by pernicious bad qualities, bigotry, violence etc., which inevitably lead to mutual destruction and finally to a colossal apocalypse or end of an era.
Bheemkund In Dwapar Yuga:
During the era called Dwapar Yuga, there were five princes called “Pandavas” who were defeated in an infamous tricky game of dice won by their hundred antagonistic cousin princes called “Kauravas”. The game was deceitfully won by Kauravas under the aegis of their nefarious maternal uncle “Shakuni” who was the mastermind behind the game of dice. Shakuni, being a master in sorcery himself, ensured that the game turned in favour of Kauravas. Having lost everything as a stake in the game, Pandavas had to abdicate their empire and they were forced to live in exile, along with their wife Draupadi for a period of 12 years and an additional year in cognito.
During the period of exile, Pandavas were wandering from place to place throughout the Bharat empire which encompassed the present India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan etc. When they reached an area in the present Madhya Pradesh of India, Draupadi felt thirsty and asked Bheema, the second brother in Pandavas, to fetch drinking water for her. Bheema, who was the mightiest warrior in the entire Dwapar Yuga went in search of water but in vain. Bheema (also synonymous with the greatest degree of ultra-muscular strength) had hit the ground with his weapon “mace”, which was made of a cylindrical rod, fitted with a massive spherical bob at one end with a tiny spike above it. As a result of thundering impact, the ground gave in to several cracks and a powerful stream of pure drinking water started gushing up, forming a pond eventually. Draupadi along with Pandavas quenched their thirst and went ahead in their journey.
The place where the natural pond formed due to the powerful impact of Bhima’s mace, is named “Bheemkund”. The main attraction of the natural water tank is a combination of its purity, turquoise blue colour, crystal-clarity of waters. In spite of passage of lakhs of years, the water retains its purity even today. Its enticing blue colour stands out as a special attraction amid surrounding red stone walls of the cave.
Another Episode Associated With Bheemkund:
There is one more legend which narrates that the divine sage “Narada” was singing melodiously in praise of the Deity Lord Vishnu who came out of the waters of Bheemkund, pleased with the sweet tunes sung by by the divine the sage Narada. Since the Deity Lord Vishnu is of attractive blue complexion, the water too is said to have acquired the enticing blueness from the God.
The Present Enigma:
Several attempts were made by geologists to fathom the depth of Bheemkund but in vain. Surrounding Bheemkund, there are many caves which still elude as never-ending mystery to serious explorers because it is not known where they lead to. Due to the enigmatic mystery of the place, the legend of the epic still remains as the authentic base.
Accessibility to Bheemkund:
- By Air: The nearest airport to Bheemkund is Khajuraho Airport which is at a distance of 92 kilometres.
- By Rail: Bina is the nearest railway station which is 137 kms from Bheemkund.
- By Road: The distance via road is 92 kms and from Chattapur it is 77 kms.
Visitors can reach Bheemkund by taxis from any of these above places.
On account of the exclusivity of Bheemkund, Madhya Pradesh Tourism has one more reason to flaunt its motto ---- “INCREDIBLE INDIA!”