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The Abode of Subar Nag at Subaar Dhar, Bhaderwah

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Subar Nag Temple Bhaderwah

Subar Nag temple is a temple of famous serpent God "Subar Nag" situated at an altitude of 2809  m.asl with in the lush green meadows at a hill top in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir state.It is believed that the temple was constructed around 700 years ago. There is tradition of holding yatra/festival every year during the month of April (13 April) & this tradition of holding the festival their; has been going on since ancient times. The temple is a symbol of the Nag culture in this region, which prevailed in the state centuries ago. The tree near the temple is believed to be the stick used by Subar nag to reach their.

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Sculpture of Subar Nag Temple
The region is very well known for its ancient and unique Nag Culture where Nag Puja is an important part of Bhaderwahi culture.  The Yatra has been going on for over thousands of years and people from all communities have immense faith in the Serpent gods.

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Front of the Temple, Roof top of temple from inner side

On 13th April (Baisakhi; Bashaki in Bhaderwahi), a grand mela is held at Subar Dhar (Dhar in Bhderwahi language means hill and Subar is for Subar Nag) every year in the honour of Serpent God (Subar Nag) in which thousands of peoples pay veneration. Subar Dhar is spread over a large area comprising Chinta, Nai-Bhallra, Shanan, Chiralla and other adjoining villages.

The temple stay closed just after the mela, soon after on the onset of winter when it experiences heavy snow fall making it virtually impossible to reach the place. Some people would like to visit this yatra in their own small groups, while some prefer to join the 'Chadi' that leaves from different villages in the region. In the early morning the 'nishanis (mostly trishuls)' are taken out from the local 'Nag' temple,  washed, decorated and then they are taken to the Subar Nag temple by the local Pandit/Pujaris accompanied by thousands of yatris, chanting 'Jai Subar Nag' 'Jai Subar Nag' on the way to holy place "Subar Dhar".

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On that day huge procession of devotees belonging to Bhadarwah and its surroundings villages converges at Subar Dhar temple. They perform Puja of Subar Nag and then dance dhaku (the famous folk dance) near the temple on the sprawling hill amidst blooming mountain flowers and flocks of flying butterflies at the enchanting tunes of traditional music played upon large drums and pairs of flutes.

Families visit Subar Dhar to offer 'sukhan' (animal sacrifice) to their 'kul devta'. They take out their family yatra along with some relatives. Some visit to perform 'mundan' ceremonies of their children.

The temple is constructed beautifully, on inner side around the corners there are statues of nags incarnated on every corner and on the outer side too like the Guards guarding the Subar nag. There are some more sculpture outside the temple. It is talks that many temples was burnt by militants during 90's in this region but the god prevented the community during the war like situation in ancient times. People speaks that during war when opposing forces attacked the region it is god Subar nag who just taken their visibility and disabled them visually.

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The dhar is a lush green hill top one can lost him/her in the beauty of the mountain. Best place for hiking. When you reach the top it opens like a window, a view of surrounding mountains & human settlements is just breath taking.

I have enjoyed the place with my co-mates very much




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