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Bhavnath Mahadev Temple Girnar, Junagadh Timings, History & Festivals

Bhavnath Mahadev Temple Girnar, Junagadh

Timings, History & Festivals

The Bhavnath Mahadev temple is the main attraction and most sacred place in Girnar Taleti. The devotee begins and completes the Lili Parikrama in Girnar Hills from the foothills. The Bhavnath Mahadev Temple hours are 6:30 AM to 7PM.


Bhavnath Mahadev Temple

According to Prabhash Khanda from Skanda Purana, this natural Bhavnath Temple is Mrigi Kund and the highest spiritual and historic place in Girnar Talati. Bhavnath Temple's two main festivals are Lili Parikrama Maha & Shivratri.

What's the history of the Bhavnath Mahadev temple?

Bhavnath Mahadev temple is a sacred shrine that is steeped with myths and legends, located at the base of Mount Girnar in Bhavnath Village. This is where the divine intention of Shiva Lingam was born.

According to legend, Lord Shiva and Parvati were traveling through the Girnar hills, when their divine robe fell upon the present Mrigi Kurd. This made the site sacred for Lord Shiva worshippers.

Even today, Nagabaus (naked saints) bathe in sacred Mrigi Kund before joining the Mahashivratri procession. It is so old that it is not known where its origins are.

The temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva worship, and the Shiva Lingam found here was believed to have been created with the divine intent to make this place a place for worshipping Lord Shiva.


Festivities Celebrated

Maha Shivaratri:

The temple hosts a festival atmosphere every year during Maha Shivaratri, which is in February or March. Here devotees worship Lord Shiva enthusiastically and seek his blessings.

Hinduism says that at midnight on Maha Shivaratri's day, the place is decorated and Naga saints take holy baths in Mrigi Kund. This was believed to be a way to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

These Naga saints are part of the Dashanami tradition. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva visits this temple to see his devotees. Before the puja begins the devotees visit the Girnar hills. Many pilgrims from Gujarat and Kutch visit the temple.

Mathura and Ayodhya vendors sell sacred idols, rosaries, and other items that draw tourists from India and around the globe. The visit should not be missed if you are able to see a Naga sadhu performing hatha yoga.

The entire place was filled with auspicious music and things. At the same time, the Naga saints sat on their elephants and reached the temple carrying the religious flags of the Hindu culture. They then placed them on palanquins. The Bhavnath Mahadev temple was reached by a decorated statue of Lord Dattatreya.

Ramadan at Girnar Shivratri Mela:

Many hundreds of Hindu saints are seen walking naked from the Bhavnath Mahadev temple to Mrigi Kund where they take a bath at midnight. This march is similar to Kumbh Mela and can be seen from lakes of tourists, pilgrims, and visitors.

It takes place at midnight. This is the difference between the Kumbh Mela March and the Ravadi March of the Girnar Shivratri Mela.

Mahapuja at Girnar Shivaratri fair

Mahapuja is held at Bhavnath temple on the day of Mahashivratri. Before proceeding to the fair, Pilgrims complete a seven-meter-long circumambulation around the sacred Girnar hills.

Mahashivratri is the day when Lord Shiva visits the Bhavnath temple to bless devotees. Bhavnath temple is home to nine immortals and 81 Siddhas.


Girnar Lili Parikrama:

"Girnar Lili Parikrama", which is performed after offering dhaj and Bhavanath five days after Vijayadashami ends, typically in the month October-November according to the Hindu calendar.

Parikrama, or the circular journey, is approximately 36 km around the Girnar Mountains, through the reserve forest and many ancient temples, as well rugged terrain. It runs from Bhavnath Temple to Jina Bava Nee Madhi.

Return to Hanuman Dhara, Malvela, Bordevi, Bordevi, and Bhavnath temple. It was compared to the Lili Parikrama at Mount Govardhana, Vraja [Brindavana].

Parikrama believed Dattatreya had come to earth to bless his devotees, which was considered auspicious. It is an ideal trip for nature lovers as it connects you directly to nature and its hidden treasures.

Bhavannath Mela:

Bhavannath Mela, a five-day festival that culminates with Lord Shiva worshipping at Bhavnath Mahadev temple on Maha Shivaratri Night, is known as Bhavannath Mela.

The Shivaratri Night Mela is a procession consisting of rishis decorated with ornaments, some placed on elephants to rhythmic devices such as conches or tennis.

Tourists, pilgrims, and tourists flock to the march because it is as large as the Kumbh Mela at night.

The Nagula procession is the night's main event, with hundreds of sadhus and sadhus marching in processions.

Even the most skeptical observer may be amazed at the extraordinary physical endurance and strength feats. The processions end with the saints taking a holy bath at the Mrigi Kund, located on the temple premises.

Bhavnath Mahadev Temple Timings

Timings for the Bhavnath Mahadev temple are:

Day Bhavnath Mahadev Temple Timings
Monday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Tuesday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Wednesday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Thursday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Friday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Saturday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Sunday 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM

Best Time to Visit

After offering dhaj at the Bhavnath Mahadev temple, 'Parikrama’ is performed for five days on the full moon of Kartika.

Nearby Places to Visit

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara, located approximately 1 km from Junagadh junction is a mausoleum within the Mullawada region of Junagadh. It is also known as Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai Samadhi and is one of the most important places near Bhavnath Mahadev temple.

Upperkot Fort:

Upperkot Fort, located 2 km from Junagadh Railway Station is an ancient fort, in Junagadh (Gujarat), at the foothills of the holy Girnar Hills. It is a must-have in Junagadh Packages.

Sakkarbagh Zoological Garden

Sakkarbagh Zoo, located in Dolatpara, Junagadh is approximately 2 km away from Junagadh Junction. Junagadh Zoo is also known as it. It is the second oldest Zoo in India.

How do I reach it?

Junagadh is only 8km from Bhavnath Mahadev Temple.


Junagadh is home to its railway station. The railway junction is located approximately 1 km from the city center. The railway station was well-connected to all major Indian cities.

By Road:

Junagadh was connected via road to many parts of Gujarat, including Ahmedabad and Bhuj. There are regular bus services. There are both state buses and private buses that can take you to Junagadh.

By Air:

Junagadh doesn't have an airport. To reach Junagadh you will need to land at Keshod Airport. Keshod Airport is the nearest airport to Junagadh. Keshod Airport lies 40 km from Junagadh.


Bhavnath Mahadev, Taleti, Girnar, Junagadh