Weekend is around the corner. Did you make any plan to go out somewhere? Not Yet? Take this lazy drive to a small town near Bangalore called as Gauribidanur and you will find yourself at Jallianwala Bagh of south India – Vidurashwatha.
A small village names as Vidurashwatha in Gauribidanur taluk has its own importance. Mythological as it related to Mahabharata, Historical as it is an important part of freedom movement and due to an incident here similar to Jallianwala Bagh, it is also called as “Jallianwala Bagh of south India” and last one a place of religious importance as it as a temple dedicated to Naga Devata and people flok here to perform Naga devata pooja and install Naga Silas to ward off Naga Doshas.
How to reach Jallianwala Bagh of south India – Vidurashwatha – Gauribidanur
Base Location: Bangalore
Distance from Bangalore: 90 Kms one way. This village is 6 Kms from Gauribidanur city.
Time taken to reach : Approx 2 hours
Time needed for visit: 2 to 3 hours
Food options: Not much, but there are restaurants on the way
Road Condition: Very good
Places of Interest at Jallianwala Bagh of south India – Vidurashwatha – Gauribidanur
- A tree planted by Vidur ( the tree is said to be from Mahabharata times),
- A park which was part of freedom struggle.
According to a legend during the period of Mahabharata, an Ashwatha (also called as fig) tree was planted by Vidura. Hence the name Vidurashwatha. It’s said that the tree fell in 2001. Vidura came here because he was advised by Krishna to go on a pilgrimage as he was remorseful after seeing bloodshed during the war between Kaurva and Pandava. After visiting many places, Vidura came to this place, which was actually a hermitage of Maithreya Maharishi.
Vidurashwatha is also known as the “Jallianwala Bagh of south India” because a similar incident of smaller scale took place here. On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had gathered here to organize a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at this group, resulting in the death of many people.
A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.
Then there is a beautiful temple located here. Naga Devatha temple as the name suggests is dedicated to Naga Devata. People here install Naga Silas to ward off Naga Doshas.
It will be a nice 6 to 7 hours of outing. Try this place over this weekend.
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