This small but sacred temple of Lord Shiva is located in the Billawar region of Jammu valley. The temple has a legend associated with its origin. It is believed that Pandavas, the kings of Indraprastha, visited Billawar in the last year of their exile. They were attracted by the huge number of “BEEL” trees in the region. They then built a Lord Shiva temple and named it as MAHABILVAKESHWAR owing to the offerings of Beel. Since then the devotees visiting the temple offer Beel to the shrine and seek the blessings. It was in fact these Beel trees that led to the name of the place as Billawar.
The place is also famous for an ancient Hanuman temple which has a huge statue of Lord Hanuman built on a rock in the river Naaz. According to Dr Sukhdev Singh Charak, Billawar-Bashli was one of the three parent states of the DUGGAR Group along with Jammu and Poonch.