Vairagad is a village located within the highly secured walls of a fort. The Vairagad Fort is famous for the ancient temple of Lord Bhadreshwar. The fort lies on the banks of river Khobragadi and Sati and belongs to the kingdom of Nag. An Italian survey states that there might have been a diamond mine in the place. The name ‘Vairagad’ is said to be derived from the hindi word ‘ Vajrakar’ which means ‘Diamond mine’. The fort was built by the rulers of Gond dynasty, whose residence was within the fort. The fort served to protect the rulers and their kingdom from enemy threats.
Few people believe that Vairagad is the same place as Viratnagari in the epic Mahabharat, where the Pandavas had spent their last year of exile in disguise. Around half a mile south of Vairagad is a small temple of Lord Bhadreshwar located on top of a small hillock. The temple looks beautiful and greatly resembles the architectural design of Markandeya temple at Markanda. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva.
How to Reach Gadchiroli
The nearest airport is at Nagpur which is around 180 km from Vairagad.
The Chandrapur railway station is at nearest station at a distance of 80 km from Vairagad. Gadchiroli has approximately 18.5 km of railway lines passing through it.
The Gadchiroli district is well connected to other adjoining districts such as Chandrapur, Bhandara and Nagpur through roadways. The town of Gadchiroli is situated about 180 Kms from Nagpur and 80 Kms from Chandrapur. MSRTC buses ply regular bus services from these places to Gadchiroli. It takes around 4 hrs to reach Gadchiroli from Nagpur. Private luxury buses are also operated from Nagpur and Chandrapur to Gadchiroli.
Vairagad, Gadchiroli District,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM.