The ancient Kameshwar Mahadev temple at Kamoda village, 15 km from here, is all set to play host to hundreds of devotees for the Shukal Sampati fair to be organised here on December 28.
Besides religious importance, the temple is also an attraction for the bird lovers as hundreds of colourful migratory birds visit the tank adjoining the temple during the winter session.
It is believed that the Pandavas not only worshiped but also spent eight years here during their exile period.
The villagers with the support of Brahasarup Brahmachari, head of Jairam Ashram who controls the ancient temple, have completed all arrangements for running a free kitchen during the annual 'mela'. The temple has been whitewashed and fresh water has been filled in the holy tank in which pilgrims will take a dip during the 'mela'.
According to Brahasarup Brahmachari, it is believed that whosoever takes bath here on Sunday of Shukal Sampati gets 'moksh' (salvation).
Suminder Shastri, an old Brahmin of the village, said the temple has a strong religious importance as it was situated on the bank of Saraswati river when it changed its course towards west, instead of south, at Pehowa. He said the temple is older than Mahabharata period, where a large number of maharishis, including Maharishi Ved Vyas and Nitiveta Vidhur worshiped. As per a legend, Lord Krishna also visited the place during the exile period of the Pandavas to save himself from the curse of Durvasa rishi.