About the Buddhakhol
Located on a hilltop around 3 km ride along motorable roads is an experience in itself. Alternatively one can take the steps to the temple. There are about 490 steps. The place is a delight for nature lovers.
The landscape is surrounded by mountains and forests and is dotted with caves and a perennial spring.
There are five ancient Shiva temples on the hill top- Makareswar Swami, Gangadhareswar Swami, Jagadieswar Swami, Siddheswar Swami and Budheswar Swami, hence it’s also popularly known as Pancha Mahadeva Temple
The five Mahadeva temples are believed to have come up during Adi Shankaracharya’s time around 8th Century AD.
The spring water flows into a water tank in which a fifty feet tall idol of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati has come up along with an idol of Lord Hanuman at the entrance of the water tank in the last five- six years. The water tank is called Ganga Sagar. The spot makes for a good resting point.
Legend of Buddhakhol and Buddhism
Buddhakhol is a revered destination for Buddhists as well. It is widely believed that Lord Buddha visited these forests and meditated here in the caves. The name Buddhakhol is derived from the name Badhesvera- which means Lord Buddha in a meditating posture.
Chinese traveler Huien Tsang also visited Buddhakhol during his travel across India.
Shivratri held in Feb/Mar draws a lot of devotees from the region to the temple.
Bol Bom -Kawariya’s throng the temple during the month of June/July i.e Shravan.