INTRODUCTION OF PYUTHAN DISTRICT
Pyuthan District , a part of Rapti Zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Pyuthan as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,309km² and has a population (2001) of 212,484.
This district lies on the northern slopes of the Mahabharat Range in mid-western Nepal.
The core of the district is the valley of Jimruk Khola which joins another important stream called Mardi Khola downstream as they cross the Mahabharat Range to form the (West) Rapti River. The alluvial floodplain of the Jimruk is mainly inhabited by Brahman and Chhetri rice farmers, plus Newar shopkeepers. Highlands around the valley are mostly inhabited by Magars, including Kham Magars. The district center is officially called Pyuthan but is locally known as Khalanga, meaning fortress. This town is situated east of the Jimruk and about 500 meters above it.
Swargadwari lies in this district. It is a must see destination for Hindu pilgrims.
When ever we talk about Swargadwari Temple, we talk about the Guru Maharaj and his disciples of Swargadwari. Swargadwari Guru Maharaj was an incarnation of god. He spend his life mostly in Swargadwari with his disciples. There were also thousands of milking cows in Swargadwari at that time which Guru Maharaj himself use to shepherd during the day. There is an account of some of his followers trying to follow Guru Maharaj to check where he took all those cows and himself. But they never could not find him or his cows. They referred to the team as "just to fast to catch up". So no one ever knew where Guru Maharaj use to go during the day with his cows.
Before he left physical body, he gave some of his divine power to a few of his disciples. On the day Guru Maharaj left his soul by his own wish, a number of people gathered around the Samadhi place. Then he left his own body after bidding good by to his disciples and other followers. Swami Guru Maharaj's favourite cow also died at the same instant as The Guru left his body and headed to somewhere else. After he left his body, within few day, all cows began to disappear in a miraculous way. There is an account of people seeing the cows emptying all of their milk at the Samadhi spot by themselves at the same time of the day everyday.
There are also many other miraculous tales about Swargadwari Guru Maharaj and his disciples. People of Pyuthan, in western Nepal and also some people who visited Swargadwari Guru Maharaj are still alive today. They are always excited to share their experience with someone who is interested.