Home Chhattisgarh Rang Panchami: Here, Bhole Baba's procession takes place not on Shivratri but on Rang Panchami, a saint gathering takes place.

Rang Panchami: Here, Bhole Baba's procession takes place not on Shivratri but on Rang Panchami, a saint gathering takes place.

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Rang Panchami: Here, Bhole Baba's procession takes place not on Shivratri but on Rang Panchami, a saint gathering takes place.

Janjgir-Champa. There is a village in the district where lakhs of people gather on the fifth day of Holi i.e. Rang Panchami. A fair and saint gathering takes place here and a procession of Lord Shiva takes place. Panchmukhi Mahadev leaves the temple riding in a silver palanquin with his devotees and Naga Sadhus and Vaishnav saints join the procession. People wait for a whole year to see this sight.

We are talking about Kaleshwar Nath Baba, resident of Pithampur village of Navagarh block. The belief of this temple is that Shiva Linga is self-existent and every demand made at its door is fulfilled. Special worship and adornment of Lord Shiva is done throughout the month of Sawan and during Shivratri, but on the day of Rang Panchami, Bhole Nath himself reaches among his devotees and fulfills their wishes.

Shiv procession has been taking place for more than 100 years

Since when has the Shiva procession been taking place from the temple of Baba Kaleshwar Nath, experts believe that the Shiva procession has been taken out since 1920 and Champa landlords are still following this tradition.

Naga Sadhu's display of bravery and royal bath is the center of attraction.

According to the calendar, this time Rang Panchami will be celebrated on March 30 in Pithampur village situated on the banks of Hasdev river. Preparations for the Shiva procession to be held in Pithampur have been started. The arrival of Naga Sadhus has started and preparations are also being made for the fair.

The weight of the silver palanquin in the wedding procession is one and a half quintal.

In the marriage procession of Baba Kaleshwar Nath, the most attractive is the groom i.e. Bhole Bhandari and his palanquin. According to experts, this palanquin was made of silver by Queen Upma Kumari during the reign of Raja Daduram Sharan Singh in the 1930s. While living in the temple premises, some scholar advised her to take out the Shiva procession in a silver palanquin and the queen got one and a half quintal silver palanquin made from Banaras. Due to this, even today there is a tradition of taking out a procession of Lord Shiva and also installing a Panchmukhi idol of Lord Shiva made of five metals.