Kampilya Nagar, a treasure trove of Vedic learning and literature is one of the rarest tirthasthalas of Akhanda Bharat that still has fragments of its glorious past from the ancient times. Archaeological excavations conducted over the years have unearthed forts, palaces, pottery, coins, sculptures and others belonging to various periods. Temples of the Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga and Dwapura Yuga have also been found in several mounds.
Perhaps, one of the best finds of Kampilya Nagar is the Treta Yuga temple of Rameshwar Nath. This temple has been revered for its spiritual potency in many Hindu scriptures and commentaries.
According to Kampilya Mahatamya, the Shiva Linga originally known as Trimbakeshwar was worshipped by Lord Kubera, a devout Shiva Bhakta. As Lord Kubera had to give up all his possessions after his defeat in the hands of Ravana, this Shiva Linga was taken by Ravana in the famed Pushpaka Vimana to Lanka. It was consecrated in the legendary Ashok Vatika.
When Sita Mata was kidnapped by Ravana and left to her devices in this beautiful garden, she fervently prayed to Lord Trimbakeshwar to save herself from dishonour. This Shiva Linga was then brought to Ayodhya after Prabhu Shree Rama killed Ravana in a fierce battle.
This Shiva Linga was consecrated by his younger brother, Shatrughna on the banks of the river Ganga. The Lord then came to be called Rameshwar Nath and is widely considered by scholars to be an Upalinga.
This whole region was a part of the Panchala kingdom in the Dwapura Yuga and this temple sits close to the Draupadi Kund. There are small shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and others within the temple complex.
Thousands throng this sacred temple in the auspicious months of Magha, Shravan, Karthik and Agrahāyaṇa (Mārgaśīrṣa) and on Maha Shivaratri, Amavasya and Purnima.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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