About the Temple:
Taxakeshawar or Takhaji temple is a religious and historical place which stands on Hinglajgarh road near Bhanpura town in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. The temple is consecrated to serpent king Taxak. Here, serpent king Taxak is worshiped as Taxakeshawar or Takhaji. There is a natural hot water pool. The source of this water pool is a hot water spring which falls from a height of about 200 ft. The river Takhali merges into this water pool and forms the water-fall.
This place has a temple and a statue of naagraja Taxak. The idol of serpent king Taxak is has seven serpent hoods. The idol of Taxaka has a human head in one of his hand. The images of Taxak’s wife and his son can be seen on the other side of King Taxak. The idol of king Takshak was installed during the 12th century. An image of Lord Dhanvantari is installed in front of the Taxak. The main temple also houses the statue of Lord Shiva, who is considered as a swami of Taxaka.
There is a mythological legend about Nagaraaj Taxak and Dhanavantari which is very famous in Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. After the demise of king Parikshit, his son Janamejaya ascended to the throne of Hastinapur. Parikshit, the lone descendant of Pandu, had died of snakebite due to a curse given by a sage. The curse was consummated by the serpent-chieftain Taxak. Hence, Janamejaya had a grudge against Taxaka and he decided to wipe them out. He performed a great Sarpa satra - a sacrifice that would destroy all living serpents. All the naags were destroyed in this naag-yagya except Taxaka, as he had obtained a boon from Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Taxak resides here in this place.
There is an interesting story behind the temple having the image of Lord Dhanavantari. He was trying to save king Parikshit. The Taxaka naag took the form of wood-stick of sandalwood tree. When Dhanavantari was carrying this wood-stick on his shoulder, the Taxaka bite him on his shoulder. Dhanvantari died. The local people believe that since then Lord Dhanvantari stays here as a god of herbs and medicines.
Festivals and celebrations:
A huge fair is organized on every Purnima of Vaisakh month.
How to reach:
By Road: The place has well connected with the good network of roads. Local transport is easily available to reach the temple.
By Rail: Bhawani Mandi is the nearest rail head which is 14 km away from the temple.
By Air : The nearest airports are Kota Airport (72.1 km), Maharana Pratap Airport (186.3 km) and Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport (200 km).