Takhaji temple , Taxakeshawar temple
Madhya Pradesh , Mandsaur
The waterfalls, where the river Takhali falls down from a height of 200 feet, merges into a water pool filled with beauty and serenity. Beside this pool, surrounded by greenery stands the Taxakeshwar temple, which the locals call as Takhaji temple. This is the abode of Taxak, the serpent king. The idol of the serpent king is believed to have been installed during the 12th century.
Legend says that Parikshit, the heir of Pandavas died due to snake bit. His son Janamejaya who bore a deep grudge against the serpents performed a great Sarpa satra - a yagna that would destroy all living snakes or Nagas. All the nagas were killed in this nagayagna except Taxaka, who is believed to have obtained boon from Lord Vishnu. Local tradition goes that Taxaka resides here in this place. The local beliefs says that Dhanvantari, who was kil...View more
ed by Taxaka also reside here.
The temple tinted in white, is quite simple in its architecture. The temple is built with stones and bricks, and has a small pyramid roof. Idol of Taxaka is with seven serpent hoods protecting from above. In one hand of Taxaka is a human head. Taxaka's wife and son are present on either side of the idols. In front of the statue of Taxaka is the statue of Dhanvantari. The main temple has also the statue of Shiva, considered as the Lord of Taxaka.
Timings : Dhanvantari is considered the god of herbs and medicines. The local vaidyas collect medicinal herbs for treatment only after worshiping Dhanavantari at this temple.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
Mandsaur, a city in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh is rich in archaeological and historical heritage. Mandsaur and its neighbourhood are filled with Hindu and Jain ruins and forts built during the time of Kings of Malwa. Hinglajgarh fort is one of the prominent among them.
Hinglajgarh, Madhya Pradesh
By Rail: Bhawani Mandi is the nearest rail head which is 14 km away from the temple.
By Air : The nearest airports are Kota Airport (72.1 km), Maharana Pratap Airport , Udaipur (186.3 km) and Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore(200 km). Taxis or buses can be used to travel from the airport to the temple
By road - The place has well connected with the good network of roads. Local transport is easily available to reach the temple.
The priests perform regular puja and rituals to the deity.
April - Temple fair on Purnima