Title: Bilmarg Images

Description: It is believed that Ashwathama enters the Asirgarh fort through these Bilmarg (secret passages). There are 17 known openings through which one can enter the asirgarh fort. It is believed that some of these passageways connect to the Gupteshwar Mahadev temple in Burhanpur about 25 kms from Asirgarh fort. According to Tapi Mahapuran, Ashwathama takes a holy bath in the tapi river and offers prayer at Gupteshwar temple and walks through the Bilmarg (secret passage) into Asirgarh Fort and puts a white flower on the Shivalingam. Ashwathama is a Lord Shiva devotee so he travels around Tapi river and visits Shiva temples.

Attributed to: Jagrut Raval

Source: Digital Photographs

Date: 2019

Format/Dimensions: Inkjet Archival prints, 18 in. x 12 in.

Identifier/Keywords: Secret, passage, bilmarg, asirgarh, fort,

© Forgotten Immortals, From the Notebook of Rajgopal Sharma.2020

Title: Bilmarg, बिल मार्ग (secret passage)

Description: Its a drawing made in 2020 by Rajgopal Sharma on his trip doing pradakshina (circumambulation) of river Tapi in the months of lockdown in rest of India. He encountered stories of people sighting Ashwatthama when everyone else were in their homes and mapped them out on paper. The region covered in the map is the entire Satpura ranges in Madhya Pradesh. The yellow line between two points is the length of the gupt Rasta (secret passage) joining gupteshwar temple in Burhanpur, which is located on the banks of the river Tapi, up untill Asirgarh fort. The entire stretch is around 25 kms long. It is believed that he places a white coloured flower called ‘Brahma Kamal’ on the Shivalinga in these two temples during the full moon nights and silently walks into the Khandwa forest by the time sun rises.

Attributed to: Rajgopal Sharma

Source: Handmade Cotton Paper

Date: 2020

Dimensions: 8.5 x 11

Language: Gujarati

Identifier/Keywords: Ashwatham, journey, cotton, paper, river, drawing, calligraphy, asirgarh, numbers, distance, billmarg, gupt, rasta, secret, passage