Located at a distance of about ten kilometers in south east of Udaipur is Hoda Parvat that lies between villages Titardi and Eklingpura. And on the top of this hill is Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir.

On the top of the hill is an ancient cave and inside it is another cave. In the lower cave at four places water used to drip drop by drop. The water was milky. At the source of the water and the spot below it sand used to deposit. On the spot from which the water dripped, the sand took the shape of four nipples of a cow and below it on the ground a Shivlingam took shape. No wonder, due to the Shivlingam made by nature and the high location, Gupteshwar Mandir is called Amarnath of Mewar. Much later, due to the lack of space in the lower cave, the Shivlingam was shifted to the chauk in the upper cave and above it was set up a five faced marble idol of Gangadhar Shiv.

Entering the cave, one has to go down twenty steps. After walking about fifty feet and climbing up twelve steps, one reaches the broader part of the cave. This is the natural Sabhamandap of the temple. The open part is about fifty feet high. In the west part of the Sabhamandap  are idols of Shivpariwar. At the gate there is an idol of Hanuman.

As hoda hill is a lonely place, no saint resided there for a long time. The first one to come here was Mahatma Rodidas, who it is said was able to take any form he desired. Once when he went to Heera Baori near Titardi village, a group of boys came to him. One of them was Fatehsingh. The Mahatma was very pleased with his Seva and blessed him saying that he would become Maharana of Mewar. It is said that this became a reality within a short period of six months.

After residing at Hoda hill for about ten years, the Mahatma left for Uttarakhand. After a lapse of some time, there came Mahant Phoolnath who belonged to Nath sect. He was very old and in ill health. He passed away after four years.  The next Mahatma to come here was one who claimed to belong to Nepal royal family. After a stay of ten to twelve years, he went to Kumbh Mela in Ujjain and never returned.

Born in a village called Rajaji ka Prayagpur near Gorakhpur in a Brahmin family, Brij Bihari came in contact with leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Madan Mohan Malvia and Hanuman Prasad Poddar. His elder grandfather Kalpnath had become a Sadhu. Brij Bihari also left for Haridwar and became a disciple of Mahatma Shipravan. During meditation, he used to have the Darshan of a Shivlingam in a lonely cave. Guruji told him that, that place was his Tapobhumi. When Guruji with his Akhara came to Udaipur, arrangement for stay was made in the courtyard of Hastimata Mandir near M.B. College by the Maharana of Udaipur. With a heavy heart, Brij Bihari parted with his Guru and reached Hoda hill. He found the place very peaceful. He went to some other places also but finally returned and stayed there for the rest of his life. He became highly revered due to his saintly qualities like compassion, respect for everyone, going out to help others in every way, habit of listening patiently, sweet voice and the like. He had a wonderful memory and remembered the names of lacs of his devotees. His Ashram was open to persons of every religion. People felt very happy and relaxed in his presence. For them he was a wish fulfilling tree. It was a big shock for a huge number of his devotees when he left for his heavenly abode in February 2019.

Several festivals like Shivaratri and Gurupurnima are celebrated on Hoda hill with great enthusiasm. In the month of Shrawan one and quarter lac Bilwapatras are offered to Lord Shiv. It is a stupendous task collecting them, cleaning them and finally consigning to the holy water at the Sangam of three rivers at Beneshwar Dham. Saints like Brij Bihar Ban not only provide solace to huge number of people but also inculcate good Sanskars in them.

(Source: Gurudev Brij Bihar Ben – Jeevan  Darshan and Narainlal Sharma)