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Devta Bondra Temple Bachunch – Bachhunch Baoindra Maheshwar Temple Near Rohru – Himachal Pradesh

Devta Bondra Temple, also known as Baoindra Maheshwar Temple, is located at Bachhunch about 10 km north of Rohru. The renovated Devta Bondra Temple is more than 500 years old. Within the complex, there are a number of miniature shrines built with extant remains of the stone shikhara temple that stood at this site over 500 years ago. Local lore attributes the construction of the present structure to a scion of the Bushahr dynasty, as the negligence of his men had damage the earlier temple. The temple is a towering structure built in stone. The upper floors are made in wood. A very thick brown rope adorns the first floor balcony, a reminder of the Bhunda ritual. The carving on the balcony is fairly new, with wooden bobbins in fringes hanging from the balcony and roof. The miniature shrines of stone have many a beautiful stone sculpture of Mahishasuramardini, Ganesha and demure Nandis. Ornate bhadramukhas of Shiva have been placed above the door of three of the shrine

Story – How Avadhuta Learned The Value of Concentration?

Success in any sphere of life is impossible without concentration. There are several stories in Hinduism extolling the importance of concentration. In this particular short story, the Avadhuta learns the value of concentration from a hunter. One day as the Avadhuta was walking across a garden, he saw a marriage procession coming towards him with loud beating of drums and great pomp. Nearby he saw a hunter deeply involved in aiming at a bird and not caring for the noise of the procession, casting not even a passing look at it. The Avadhuta, saluting the hunter, said, "Sir, thou art my Guru. From you I have learnt what is concentration. Who is an Avadhuta? An Avadhuta is a person who has realized neti neti - that there is no second. ...... Why do we get distracted and lose our concentration when we sit for our spiritual practices? Is there no remedy? At the beginning for some time the mind will be restless and will get disturbed by small things. So concentrat