Sh. Poshker Nath Koul (“Posh Mot”)
Tirth Raj “Lok-Bhawan”
is one of the old Tirth’s in the hierarchy of all the old Tirth Sathans in
Kashmir. This ancient shrine was known by the name of Lok-Punya, named
after Lalita Datia, the famous ruler of 17th century A.D. The word Lok-Punya signifies the
Devine greatness of the shrine. With the passage of time the word Punya was replaced by
“ Bhawan” for the reasons unknown.
day of “Ashad Shukla Paksha Dwadashi”, known as “Har-Bah”
is being celebrated with gaiety, devotion & enthusiasm ever since a
decade. It is said that festival has special significance for the women folk,
who would take bath in the twelve springs of the shrine starting right from Narang
Nag to Amrit Kund, in the vicinity of Lok-Bhawan on Har-Bah
and would get redemption from their sins. The Vardhan to Kaej-Maej
from Lord Shiva is a great Kripa and Anugraha to Samast
women folk. With this background, after their death women are questioned by Maha
Kaal (death god), if they have performed Har-Bah yatra by having a
dip in the twelve springs there. This is evident from the following saying:
Lad Batni Har Bah Chaiyah Karmech?
you observed the festival of Har-Bah?)
Up to the time of
mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, this place was visited by countless
devotes especially ladies, who would take bath with an idea to get rid of their
This Shrine was in a
state of oblivion. It was taken care of by a reverend spiritual person, Sh.
Poshker Nath Koul popularly known as “Posh Mot”. He hails from
Srinagar and has been treading the path of spirituality (Parmarth) right
from his childhood.
This shrine flourished under the leadership of this dedicated man, “Posh
Mot” whose face and forehead reflects dazzle of a yogi and who speared no
efforts to renovate the Tirth.
“Posh Mot” hardly needs any introduction. A religious leader
of integrity and a spiritual guide imparts religious guidance to number less
devotees and disciples. His philosophy and open-minded ness reflects his dharmik
and religious background. He is the beloved guide and bestow of bliss to the
people who came under his shelter.
Apart from being a spiritual leader he is the author of many dharmik
books, bhajans and leelas which highlight his philosophy and open minded ness.
His bajans & leelas are enriched with similes, metaphor and charming
language. These writings reflect his depth full devotion in the world of
spirituality. These bajans and leelas are available in cassettes of “POSH-DAIEL”
in every Kashmiri Pandit house inside & outside the country. People are
virtually mad after his bhajans for their melodious music and love for god. A
man of simple tastes and habits, a strict vegetarian, a Karamyogi is full of
powerful convection and visionary foresight.
Ever since insurgency started in Kashmir, Lok-Bhawan Shrine went
in exile like other shrines of Kashmir. Its members along with their patron,
migrated to Jammu continued their strenuous efforts to reestablish the
institution as Shri Pushkara Swami Sewa Ashram” in Chinore, Bantalab, Jammu.
Socio-religious activities like Mass yagnopavit are being performed right from
the year 1996. Every year Maha yagya is performed by the Management Trust on Har-Bah
festival to continue the activities of Lok-Bhawan Shrine.
A branch of “Shri Pushkara Swami Sewa Ashram” has been
recently opened at Kashmiri Colony, Vetasta Enclave, Nagafgarh New Delhi,
to make it convenient for the devotees at Delhi to continue all the activities
of the Ashram with same aims and objectives.
Swamiji who dedicated precious years of
his life to the noble cause of spiritual awakening at Lok-Bhawan
is, at Jammu Ashram also, as usual busy in imparting to the seekers the path to
the attainment of the highest, through devotion, dedication and extreme surrender.
Ashram has set up a Publication Wing also. This has brought out as many as 13
publications so far. They are-
of Publication of Shri Pushkara Swami Sewa Ashram
Daeil - Part I (in Kashmiri Urdu script)
Part II (in Kashmiri Urdu script)
Part III (in Hindi script)
of Lok Bhawan
Bhawan Ki Kahani (in Urdu)
Mahamanastotra in Kashmiri verses with commentary
- Leela of Devi (6 serials) each.
(special Devi Ank) with a brief history of Devasthans of Kashmir &
Shiv-Mahamnastotra in Kashmiri verses with commentary
of Shri Trith Raj Lok-Bhawan
enlarged combination of all parts of Posh-Daeil (in Hindi script)
Stotra with Kashmiri Translation in Hindi script.
Lahri with Translation in Kashmiri Hindi verses.
All these publications speak
much of the great truths of spiritual treasure. The, valuable words of wisdom
and gyan, contained in them,
exhibit the depth and scale of its composer – POSH
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