Kolayat Temple , Land of Kapil Muni
Approximately 5 months have passed since we were under house arrest due to Corona, and now Corona’s impact started to decrease. In such a situation, we have made up our minds to do something new to explore.The first place that came to our attention in the vicinity was Shri Kolayat Temple.
Kolayat temple is about 51 kilometers from Bikaner, where the lake and ashram of the sage Sri Kapil Muni of the Vedic period are situated. Kapil Muni is counted as one of the Vedic sages; besides the temple, Kolayat has 32 ghats built around an artificial lake. The devotees feel holy by taking a dip in the water. It is said that once a person takes a dip in Kolayat lake, the sins of their previous birth are washed away. Animal fair is also held every year in Kolayat, which is very famous. People come here to see this amazing fair form all sides.
As per Srimad Gita Bhagavata, in its 26th verse of chapter 10, introducing Arjuna to Vibhuti, Lord Krishna said that “Siddha name Kapil Muni” means among the Siddhas, I am Kapil Muni. In fact, Kapil Muni is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna or Vishnu. It is also mentioned in Mahabharata. It is said that Kapil Muni was the son of Prajapati, he took an incarnation from the womb of Mother Devahuti. When Pitamah Bhishma was lying on “Shav Shaya, “Vishwamitra, Guru Vashistha, along with Kapil Muni sitting near him. Besides, Kapil Muni is considered one of the 7 Dharnidhar sages.
The old name of Kolayat is Kapilayatan. In Kolayat there is a temple of Kapil Muni, and it is said that Kapilayatan was the ashram of Kapil in ancient times Kapil is also mentioned in Puranas as a pilgrimage. Saint Gyaneshwar and Namdev of Maharashtra also came here at this place.
There is also a fair organized in Kolayat which is known as Kolayat ka Mela. This fair is held every year during the first full moon of Kartik month in October and November. People from all over the world come to attend the fair. The grand fair known as Kolayat Mela is celebrated every year with pomp and gaiety. After visiting the devotees of Kapil Muni, they take a dip in Kapil Sarovar and destroy their sins by lighting a lamp.
Kolayat Temple Bikaner Timing
The temple of Kapil Muni is open for devotees from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. And at the time of the fair there is so much crowd, and you may have to wait for many hours.
Kapil Muni Mandir Entry Fees
It’s completely Free.
Best Time To Visit Kolayat Temple
However, you can visit the Kolayat temple anytime. There is no need for any particular time or occasion, but if you go there on the time of Kolayat fair, then you will get to see so many things there. Kolayat also has a cattle fair which is also very famous, if you go there then you will get to see many types of animals, which are brought there from the nearby villages.
Best Places To Visit Near Kolayat Temple
There is not much to see in Kolayat. Kolayat is a small village and most of the people there are farmers. If you are planning to visit Kolayat, then you must definitely visit Bikaner along with Kolayat. Bikaner is about 51 kilometers from Kolayat and in Bikaner, you will get to see very historical and magnificent places, some of these major attractions are: —
How To Reach Kolayat Temple
You can get a roadways bus, train or private taxi from Bikaner. But the simplest and easiest way is to hire a private car from Bikaner so that you will have the convenience of reaching there and you will not have to wait for roadways bus. Kolayat is about 51 kilometres from Bikaner, and you can reach Kolayat from Bikaner comfortably in about 70-80 minutes. There is a local train from Bikaner to Kolayat, you can also go through it comfortably, but its frequency is shallow.