India is a land of many mysteries and one among these is this never-ending enigma called Bhimkund. This remarkable natural water tank is located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and has for a long time fascinated people all over the world. Considered a holy place for Hindus owing to its mythological connections, the water held in the tank is of an unbelievable and magnificent blue kind. This vacation, book cheap flight tickets to India and come explore this fascinatingly mysterious place in Madhya Pradesh. An unsolvable enigma for history and mystery lovers alike, Bhimkund will enthrall you to no end.
Bhimkund’s Mythological connect
The Hindu epic Mahabharata links the mysterious Bhimkund with the Pandavas. It is believed this historical place was formed owing to them. Reportedly, Draupadi was fainting of thirst after being left exhausted and weary under the cruelly scorching sun. Then, the strongest of the Pandavas, Bhima, is believed to have hit the ground with his gada which is a mace-like weapon that was used around 1500 BC or earlier in ancient India. His action resulted in water coming out of the ground from the spot he hit and this is how people popularly believe that the pool came into being. Thereby, the place was named Bhimkund after the mighty Bhima.
Lying in an underground cave, the kund is about 30 meters from the mouth and is among the most fascinating attractions in the state. On the left-hand side of the entrance, you will find a small Shiva Lingam. However, one of the most fascinating features about this kund is the small opening on the roof of the cave. Circular in shape, it seems hand-cut and this is popularly believed to be the exact spot where Bhima hit with his gada. The depth of this mysterious pool is believed to be measureless after several attempts to measure it went in vain. Book cheap last minute flights and come see for yourself the stunning structure of this remarkable natural pool.
Bhimkund’s blue waters
The waters of Bhimkund are stark indigo blue in stunning contrast to the red stone walls. There have been several attempts by many researchers, including the famous Discovery Channel, to find out the mystery behind the blue waters and to gauge the pool’s depth. No attempt has been successful so far. The reason for these waters being blue remains a mystery even today. It is popularly believed that taking a dip here prior to attending the Kumbh Mela held in Ujjain washes one of all their sins. You will see a lot of people taking a bath in the turquoise waters here during Makar Sankranti as well.
Legend associated with the Kund’s blue waters
According to popular legend, Sage Narada performed the Gandharva Gana, a famed celestial song in honor and praise of Lord Vishnu. Pleased by the devotion of the sage, it is said that Lord Vishnu himself came out of the waters of the kund. This, it is said turned the waters of the kund the blue it is today and this is also the reason it is also popularly known as Neel kund (blue pool) as well as Narada kund after the sage.
Bhimkund: an indicator of natural calamities
Locals firmly believe that Bhimkund is an indicator of impending natural calamities. This is owing to the fact that during the 2004 Tsunami, the waters of Bhimkund rose by several feet. This is not an isolated incident. The same is believed to have happened during the time of Nepal and other earthquakes as well. Therefore, whenever the locals notice water levels rising at Bhimkund, they believe it is an indication of impending natural disaster.
How to reach Bhimkund
Book cheap business class flights and arrive at the Khajuraho Airport, which is the nearest airport to Bhimkund. Located at a distance of about 92 km from Bhimkund, you can take a taxi from the airport to the cave pool. For those arriving by rail, the nearest railway station is the Bina Junction located about 137 km from Bhimkund and well-connected to all major rail zones. You can take a taxi to Bhimkund if arriving by road from Khajuraho or Chattarpur town.
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