Vyasa Temple is located in the Ramnagar at the opposite side of Varanasi at the bank of holy River Gange. This temple is dedicated to the Veda Vyasa. He was the author of the great epic known as Mahabharata. Vyasa Temple is a must see place in the Ramnagar and has a lot crowd through the year. It is considered that the Lord Shiva had banished the Vyasa from Varanasi because of his bad temper and Vyasa had to stay up on the other side of the Gange means Ramnagar. From that time Vyasa was not allowed to come in the Varanasi and he made a temple in the Ramnagar at the eastern bank of the Ganga and had started to live there.
History of the Vyasa Temple
In the Puranic story, it is clearly mentioned that when Vyasa was unsuccessful to find alms in the Varanasi city he put a nuisance on the city. Once, Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati took human form as a householder at a house in Varanasi, Vyasa was very happy with the alms he expected that he disregards his putted curse. But, as he made bad temper, he was banished from Varanasi by the Lord Shiva.
Vyasa is a most respected stature of the Hindu tradition. He is also called Veda Vyasa as he had classified the Vedas into four parts. Veda Vyasa is a character as well as the author of the most religious importance epic, Mahabharata. It is considered that Vyasa is a kala Avatar or embodiment of the Lord Vishnu. Vyasa is also the compiler of the Vedanta Sutras as well as he is considered the one of the seven Chiranjivis (means long life, or immortal). He was the fourth associate of Rishi Parampara of the Advaita Guru Parampara.
History of the Vyasa
Guru Purnima is the great festival in Hinduism and dedicated to the Vyasa. Guru Purnima is also known as the Vyasa Purnima and celebrated every year at the Vyasa Temple. It is believed that Guru Purnima is the birthday of the Vyasa and also a day when he divided the Vedas. He appeared first time as a compiler as well as a character in the Mahabharata. He was born at the island of River Yamuna that’s why he is named as Dwaipayana (means born at island). Still, that place is named Vedvyas, after him. The modern name of that place is Kalpi in the Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh. Vyasa had dark complexion that’s why he is called the Krishna also. Kauravas and Pandavas were the grandson of the Vyasa and Dhritarashtra and Pandu were the sons of the Vyasa. His sons were adopted as the sons of Vichitravirya of the royal family. His third son was Vidura by a serving maid.
It is considered that Lord Vishnu in the form of Vyasa in third Yug (Dvapara) had divided the Vedas in order to encourage the man kindness. It is considered that in the Vedhagiri there is an ashram of the Vedavyasa. His sons went to visit him during their exile period at the Vedhagiri and got advised. Still, there is a remains of the ashram at the top of the Vedhagiri hill.