Situated on the (left) bank of the River Sutlej in Himachal Pradesh is an important religious site known as Vyas Gufa. This site essentially is a cave is located in the Bilaspur district, and is elevated at an altitude of 610 meter above sea level. Furthermore, this sacred site is renowned for being the place where Sage Vyas (the author of the Mahabharata) is supposed to have lived carrying out penance. In addition, this pious site can be found in between the old and new Bilaspur town.
a. Best time to visit the Vyas Gufa
The ideal time to visit this temple is from October to March when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 25 degree Celsius to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Vyas Gufa
Vyas Gufa Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is in Bilaspur. The Bilaspur Railway Station connects to major cities in the country such as Mumbai, Pune, Amritsar, Chennai, Kolkata etc via the Mumbai-Kolkata railway line.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.
- Via New Delhi:
There is one route from New Delhi to this cave, and it is via NH44 and NH205.
- Via Chandigarh:
There are two routes from Chandigarh to this cave, and they are via NH205 and via NH105 and NH205.
- Via Ludhiana:
There are three routes from Ludhiana to this cave, and they are Neelon Ropar Canal Road and NH205, via NH205, and via Phillaur Nawanshahr Road and NH205.
- Via Jalandhar:
There are three routes from Jalandhar to this cave, and they are via SH18 and NH205, via NH44 and NH205, and via Una-Hamirpur Road.
- Via Amritsar:
There are three routes from Amritsar to this cave, and they are via Grand Trunk Road and NH205, via Grand Trunk Road, NH44 and NH205, and via Una-Hamirpur Road.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is in Raipur. The Swami Vivekanand Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai etc.
c. Religious Significance of the Vyas Gufa
There is no real big religious significance or popular legends attached to this gufa/cave apart from the fact that Sage Vyas, the author of the epic Mahabharata has resided in this cave while performing a combination meditation and penance. And hence this cave has also been named accordingly.
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