This is the main place where the two festivals are celebrated every year. In the month of October-November during the period of five days concluding on the full-moon day of Kartik Month “Parikrama” is held after hoisting of Dhaja on this temple. The parikrama or circular travel goes on for five days, covering a distance of about 40 Kms around the Girnar Mountain. It has got very much importance and is compared to the Lili Parikrama of Govardhan mountain in Vraj. It is believed to be pious because Lord Dattatrey is believed to be staying on Mount Girnar for these five days and his devotees move around the Mount to pay their homage to Lord Dattatrey. For the nature lovers, it is an excursion which brings one in direct contact with nature and nature’s hidden treasure. There are some drawbacks from the view point of an environmentalist. The visitors bring plastic bags, bottles and litter them on the way to Parikrama. In order to remove this bad impact, social organizations organize a cleaning Parikrama after the main Parikrama is over. For nature lovers and social servants, Mr. Mahendra Mashru, the honourable M.L.A. of Junagadh conducts a one day Parikrama on the first Sunday of Kartik Month.
In the month of February-March, on the No-Moon-Day of Magha month, the “Maha Shivratri” is celebrated at this temple. There is a fair for 5 days. Many good musicians of religious music gather and people from all walks of life enjoy their music. There are many Ravti’s (just like Langar) providing food to the devotees. The main attraction of the fair is the procession of the Naga Bawa’s which is held at midnight of Maha Shivratri. More than hundred naked Sadhu’s and Sadhvi’s join this procession. Many Sadhu’s show the strength of their muscles and Sexual Organ’s power (e.g. by pulling a van tied to the penis etc.) The procession ends with the holy bath by the Sadhu’s in the Mrigi Kund in the compound of Bhavnath Temple and Maha Pooja of the Mahadev at the midnight of Maha Shivratri.
The temple was quite old but it has been renovated in 2000 and reopened on 4/3/2000 i.e. on the day of Shivratri.
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