Kampilya Nagar is an extraordinary heritage city dotted with Vedic Period temples and religious structures. This ancient city was coveted by successive Muslim invaders from the 10th century for its precious stones, jewels, gold and grand temples. The city owes its glorious name to the Panchala Kingdom and specifically Raja Drupad and Divya Janani Draupadi.
As one takes a stroll around this city of great antiquity, one gets glimpses of its rich history. Ruins of Raja Drupad’s Fort, bathing ghats and quarters, dharmashalas, granaries, stables, goshala and others of the Mahabharat Period are still visible in pockets of Kampilya.
Sanskrit scholars and historians have deduced that Kampilya’s greatest contribution was its intellectual prowess. Historically, this has been the revered land of Rishis, saints, yogis, tapasvis, philanthropists, wise kings and accomplished women. Several rare manuscripts, commentaries and scriptural texts have been written in this holy land.
Unfortunately, many temples of the Vedic Period, Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga and Dwapura Yuga are in shambles today and in such an appalling condition that one wonders whether this was really the land of wealth and prosperity as extolled in the Mahabharat.
One of the lesser-known temples of immense spiritual potency is the Kaleshwar Nath Mandir. According to the Hindu scriptures, after Draupadi’s Swayamwara, the truth about her tapas (penance and austerities) was revealed to Kunti Mata and the Pancha Pandavas. She was to be blessed with five husbands as per the boon she received. This revelation led to her being married to the Pandavas individually.
However, just like Lord Krishna is known as Anadi Brahmachari, Jagad Janani Draupadi is one of the Panchakanyas, an esteemed woman known for her chastity and purity. Draupadi’s birth from a yagna kundam made her spotless and this fire of knowledge and wisdom protected her even during the harrowing incident in the royal court.
Historical records state that the Kaleshwar Nath Mandir was consecrated by Draupadi after the Swayamwara. Each Pandava is looked upon as Lord Shiva and therefore, this temple has been built as an acceptance of her past connection with Lord Krishna and Lord Shankar.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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