Out of the many holy places near Katra exists the place of Baba Dhansar. It is located near the Karua Lake near the village Karua, around 15 kilometers towards Katra from Reasi. From there you step downhill in around 100 steps.
The entire walk is peaceful with much greenery around. In fact, the expectations keep rising further as you progress ahead. The entire scenery is dotted with a number of waterfalls that ultimately join the Banganga River.
It is a cool and much appreciated picnic spot. The highlight(s) are, the greenish blue pond and a huge spring gushing out of the mountain side in thick tree groves forming a number of small cascading waterfalls converging into the Holy rivulet.
Near this rivulet, is a naturally formed Shivalingam on top of which milky water droplets fall continuously throughout the year. All this is natural and one wonders how this was made possible.
Tourists go overboard praising the overall beauty and serenity this place provides. Almost everyone recommends visiting this place at least once if not twice.
On Maha Shivaratri a grand fair is conducted annually which sees millions of footfalls. Also a wrestling competition is held near the Karua Jheel. Pilgrims attend this event in great numbers to encourage the participants.
An Asura (demon) lived near the Karua Pond (Jheel) and terrorized the locals and committed atrocities too. To counter his unruly behavior the villagers united and approached Baba Dhansar, who happened to be the son of Vasudeva (the human form of divine Sheshanag). Moved by their plight, Vasudeva approached Lord Shiva for some guidance in eliminating the demon. Later, Lord Shiva killed the demon relieving the local populace.
How to Reach
Baba Dhansar is 65 kms from Jammu (nearest railhead & airport) and 15 kms from Katra.
Where to Stay
A number of private hotels exist at Katra.