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There is a temple in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh at a place known as Karon where a Shiva Temple is there which goes by the name Kameshwar Dham. What is the significance of this place and what is the story behind this temple?

EDIT: This link describes about the story as described in Valmiki Ramayan.

  • Valmiki Ramayana only mentions the story of Kamadahana meaning Shiva burning Kama using his third eye. There is no special mention of Kameshwar temple. – Sarvabhouma Apr 16 at 2:38
  • @Sarvabhouma is there any other place mentioned in the scriptures where this kamdahana incident has taken place – codeczar Apr 16 at 5:19
  • According to the wikipeadia link this temple is between ayodhya and buxar and in reality too the place is between ayodhya and buxar, we all know that ayodhya is birthplace of Ram and buxar is said to be abode of vishwamitra rishi. Also this place is at confluence of ganga and ghagra(which is believed as part of saryu river) – codeczar Apr 16 at 5:29
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From an article from Speaking tree,

Baliya, Uttar Pradesh is no common place; it is attached to the history of the most feared god, the lord of destruction, the creator, the mystical Lord Shiva. This place is called kameshwar dham, a place that has been mentioned in shivpuran. This is the place where lord shiva opened his third eye.

It is said that when lord shiva was in a state of trance, Lord Kamdev interrupted Lord shiva exactly at this place, hiding behind a tree. There is an interesting story about how all this happened. everybody knows lord shiva was married to sati, sati’s father disrespected lord shiva during a yagna and this led to a tragic incident which left lord shiva stunned along with everyone. Sati, gave up her life because she could not listen to anything against lord shiva by jumping into the fire that was lit for yagna. this made lord shiva so angry that he loses all his senses and wanted to destroy the whole earth. He even did the most feared power ‘tandava’ where he danced and the whole earth went haywire!

Lord shiva’s tandava could destroy the whole universe so the other gods decided to calm him down and after a lot of efforts lord shiva takes up the trance phase and goes for meditation to calm him.

Meanwhile, a demon called ‘tarkasur’ praises lord brahma who is known as the creator of the universe and gets a boon in return. The boon was that he could be only killed by shiva’s son. As sati was no more, tarkasur knew he is immortal now. Tarkasur went on to take over ‘swarg’ and wanted to rule the heaven. Every god in the heaven knew what was about to happen. So they decided to send, Lord kamdev as a messenger to disrupt lord shiva’s meditation.

Lord kamdev then goes to lord shiva, in baliya where he was in trance phase. He hid behind a mango tree and tries to disturb lord shiva by throwing a flower rosette (Pushp Baan). It hit Lord shiva’s chest and his trance phase was disturbed. Lord shiva then gets angry and burns Lord kamdev to ashes by opening his third eye.

The mango tree, which is said to be the same tree as the tree where lord kamdev was hiding still has some burnt areas and still exists. it is also a belief that in tretayuga, Vishwamitra, Rama, and Laxman also visited this place. This place is supposed to be sacred as a lot of rishis have come here and meditated.

  • When you have copied text from other sites, you give them proper attribution not just a link in the bottom with a text refer. And you should put it in block quotes. This answer is just copy pasted. Are there any words from you? – Sarvabhouma Feb 22 '18 at 19:11
  • @Sarvabhouma Thanks for adding few words. I missed it. – Just_Do_It Feb 22 '18 at 19:16
  • @Just_Do_It Can you also find any references to this incident in any religious book referring about the place where Kamdeva was burned – codeczar Mar 25 at 18:07

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