Kamnath Mahadev

CategoryHindu Temples

Languages KnownGujarati, hindi, english

AddressGujarat State Highway 34, Jesingpara, Amreli, Gujarat



About Kamnath Mahadev


The Kamnath Mahadev temple is within a large complex containing a pond named Dudhiyu Talav (so named because of whitish ‘milky’ appearance of its water), water well called Gangvo Kuvo and a Kund – a octagonal stepped bathing pool commonly known as ¨Mahadev no Kund¨. Such octagonal Kund are very rare.

A Mayurdhwaj King built this complex probably during fifteenth or sixteenth century. (Exact period unknown).

According to a legend, once upon a time, a Mayurdhwaj Raja (King) over a long period, suffered from leprosy with unbearable burning pain. To end his misery, he decided to take his own life by taking a “Jal Samadhi” (ending life by drowning). So, renouncing his throne he headed seawards to drown.

On his way to the sea, one evening he stopped and camped at a spot near where present ‘Kamnath Mahadev ‘temple and Kund complex stands. After ablution, he set down by a nearby small pool of water to wash his hands and feet. Upon dipping his feet in the pool, he experienced pleasing coolness and some relief from pain in his feet, so he went deeper in the pool and took a deep. Feeling complete relief from pain, he remained in the pool.

As the King failed to return to the camp, his attendants got worried and went on a search. They found him lying in the pool. On his command, they fetched a change clothes from the camp. On cladding them, he returned to his camp and went to bed.

After many sleepless nights, for the first time he slept soundly. As the legend further goes, during his sleep he had a dream in which he heard a voice saying, “Dig and build a ‘Kund’ at the spot where you bathed and got relief from your pain, and build Kamnath Mahadev Temple over a ‘Ling’, whom you will find whilst digging for the ‘Kund’.” So on waking up next morning, the King returned home and immediately set about making necessary arrangements for building a Kund and a Temple as the voice commanded him.

First, he got water well, presently known as “Gangvo Kuvo” dug. The reason for naming it so is not clear. However, it is a unique well because water from no other wells in Kanisa or the surroung villages, test as sweet and fresh as that from “Gangvo Kuvo”. Digging for the Kund followed. According to his dream as digging progressed, a “Ling’ was found. Therefore, he arranged to build an underground temple at a depth at which the ‘Ling’ was found. The ling was then ceremoniously installed in the temple and work continued to complete the building of the ‘Kund’.

The Temple being under ground, Brahmin priests at the time found it very difficult to gain access to conduct daily services. Once when a Swami named Bhaashkaraanand visited this Temple, they beseeched him to move it to ground level. In his response, the Swami told them: “Our Scriptures forbid dismantling of Hindu Temples. Therefore, normally I would not grant your request, but I understand your hardships and allow its relocation. In so doing however, as soon as construction of the Temple is completed with the placement of its summit, my life will end”. In fact, this is exactly what happened. A hand drawn picture of the Swami still exists above the Main Entrance of the Temple.

It has been an established belief that bathing in the Kund on Mondays or on Vyatipat (most painful) day cures all sorts of skin diseases even as serious as Pat (leprosy). There have been in the past many reported cases of such cures when devotees have bathed with full faith and after having been cured made generous donations for the up keep of the Kund and Temple.

It is customary for devotees to gather to gather each year at the end of Shraavan Maas, for a Mela (Fete) at this complex. Most of them like other pilgrims take an opportunity to bathe first at Gangvo Kuvo and then at the Kund, if only to maintain purity of Kund water. They then change into fresh attire before proceeding for prayers at the Kamnath Mahadev Temple.

Regarding this Complex, there is a saying in Gujarati that goes ¨Dudhiyu Talaav, Gangvo Kuvo ane Mahadev no Kund, je na naay te jeevto muvo¨. That is to say, “He who does not bath at the Kund is as good as dead or is a living dead¨

To accommodate numerous pilgrims a large daramshaala (verandah type construction) is also contained within this complex. In the vicinity of the Temple there are also three separate lockable living facilities for pilgrims, built and donated each by, Vinodbhai Dahyabhai Patel in memory of his father Late Dahyabhai Desaibhi Patel, Late Chhotabhai Desaibhai Patel in memory of his father Late Desaibhai Vaghjibhai Patel and Late Bhilalbhai Daramdas Patel in memory of his late ???? , all of Kanisa are also available through the Temple Priest.

“Basis of this article is mostly on description in Gujarati that the author’s father, late Dahyabhai Desaibhai Patel of Kanisa gave to him during August 1976 ¨.

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The Kamnath Mahadev temple is within a large complex containing a pond named Dudhiyu Talav (so named because of whitish ‘milky’ appearance of its water), water well called Gangvo Kuvo and a Kund – a octagonal stepped bathing pool commonly known as ¨Mahadev no Kund¨. Such octagonal Kund are very rare.

Kamnath Mahadev temple is a renowned temple in Somnath, with a holy pond known as Dudhiyu Talav in the temple complex, which is believed to have majestic healing power. The temple was built about 200 years ago by Raja Mayurdhwaj who is believed to be recovered from leprosy after taking bath in this pond.

Best time to Visit

During “shravana” month its best time to visit.

Best time to Go

During early morning

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Public Transport to Go

Nearest bus stand is Rajula and thier inquiry no. is, 02794222070

Nearest Railway Station is Rajula and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Bhavnagar and thier inquiry no. is, 02782212971

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