Chidiya khola lies on the upper portions of butwal – palpa road. on the outskirts of this khola and below Kuyire Bhir, there is Siddhababa dham which is a significant place in terms of natural beauty and culture. Barthihari, king of Ujjain, a nation in South India, detached himself from his kingship and ruling, received knowledge from Gorakhnath and stayed in Butwal of Uttar khanda. He took shelter in a shivalaya, received Asthasiddi after mediation and became a Siddha purus (holy man). The place was later named siddhababa and the smoke arising from his ganja covered the entire hill in fog, so the hill (bhir) was named “Kuyire bhir” (foggy hill). This place holds a lot of information about Barthihari that is still to be uncovered and studied.
As per the historical pages, eldest son of Gandarva Sen, king of Ujjain, Barthihari left the kingdom and throne in hands of his younger brother, Bikram aditya and married his lady love, Pingala. A special fruit from the gardens of Indra was offered to him for longevity. He provided the fruit to his wife who in turn, gave it to her secret lover, Aswadakshya (also called Sayas), for his long life. But Aswadakshya, instead of consuming it,offered it to the king thinking it would be much better for the nation and the people if the king lived long. The king was very surprised to see the fruit which he had given to his wife. After investigating, he found about the secret affair of his wife and Aswadakshya. He was heartbroken so he detached himself from the materialistic world, received gyan from Gorakhnath and left the palace for mediation. Some even say that the queen regretted her actions so she also left the palace, and went after the king and meditated with him.
There is Another popular story relating to the naming of the placeOnce. There was aBrahman teacher in Awanti village who was unable to explain and make his pupils understand Paniya Byakaran. Guilt covered him so much that he jumped in a river named Sipri. He got stuck on a Lord Ganesh’s idol and he narrated his whole story. Then he studied byakaran for six months and gained expertise in the subject. Finally he was respected by the Rajdurbar. He had four wives belonging to four varnas respectively.he had a son named Batrihari from wife from sudra varna who later went on to become a widely known expert in byakaran. He is also popular as a writer. He has written many books such as Sringarsatak, bairagyasatak, byakhanapdiya, and nithisatak. A Chinese traveller, Ethsing, has also mentioned him while visiting this place during the seventh century. Chunargadh of mirjapur of india ia believed to be the home of Bartihari so the Archaeological department of Uttar Prades has erected a momentum reciting the very fact. Bikramadityaalso built an ashram for Bartihari in this part which was used as barrack of British army and jail for Royal prisoners in later years.
Locals also believe that such siddha purus, Bartihari also visited hills beside Chidiya river near Butwal. 91-year old Ramakanta Sulwal, resident of Siddhababa municipality, ward no. 5 said tha Baba Batrihari was born on Shukla panchami of Shrawan and receive eternal knowledge in Butwal. Similarly, Resmiraj Upadhya of Butwal – 5,and Era Thaiba of Butwal-7 said that about three decades back, a latte baba used to worship and sing prayers for Bartihari. Suddenly divine power appeared out of nowhere. With regards to data obtained from the archaeological excavations, the Siddhababa was initially placed in Palpa Dhoban vdc in ward no. 5, Gadda village and was later shifted to the other side. Later, due to Road construction, Siddhababa was finally transferred to the present arena. Since Siddhababa is transferred from place to place, archaeologists are not able to get the actual facts of Siddhababa ‘s arrival and meditation. Only a simple ganta abhilekh has been found in 2006 bs excavation,as a proof of Siddhababa’ s existence.
In one of the excavations, one crore and ten lakks old remains of Rama pithecus was dug out from this Chure region. This has provided a strong evidence about the dwelling of human in this area since the stone age. Worshippers visit this pious place with belief of getting their wishes fulfilled by the Siddhababa (siddha means fulfilled). Various temples, dharmasalas, pati and pauwas are built for the convenience of the visitors by the joint co-ordination of locals and official Committee. Chautari, vaisnadevi, Ganesh’s mandir, sidhi parkhal, toilets, water tanks, satyanarayan mandir, and the like are also constructed.