Thursday, 5 November 2015

Jwala Ji Temple Jwalamukhi Kangra Himachal Pradesh | 51 Shakti Peethas

Jwala ji temple is located in jwalamukhi town, Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the ancient temples in India. The temple is built against a wooded spur in the Indo-Sikh style, it has a dome that was gilded by Mughal Emperor Akbar. There is mystic yantra covered by shawls and ornaments which is worshiped by  chanting mantras. Here puja is performed in a phase manner and goes whole day. Aarti is giving five times in a day. Shringar Aarti, Mangal Aarti, Madhyayan Kaal Aarti, Sayan Kaal Aarti and  Shaiyya Aarti


Significance:

  1. According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Tongue” fell down.
  2. Here goddess is worshipped in the form of flame.
  3. There is an eternal flame inside the natural cave where we can find flames coming out continuously. Devotees believe that there are seven flames and some say it nine flames and they are called sisters of goddess. Devotees also believe that the flame is being burning from ancient times.
Legend:

Once a cowherd noticed that his cow is not giving milk. He wanted to know the reason behind the scene, when he followed the cow he noticed that the cow was feeding a small girl who came from forest and disappeared in a flash of light. Then the cowherd narrated the whole story to the king, when king tried to see the spot, he couldn’t. Later after few years cowherd said that he found a divine flame where he saw a girl previously. Then King visited the place and had a vision of the flame. He later constructed a temple and appointed priests to worship. In later period it was visited by Pandavas and renovated the temple.


It was Dhyanu Bhagat who was an ardent devotee of goddess Jwalaji who spread the glory of goddess. During the rule of Akbar he got to know the spreading and summoned Bhagat and beheaded his horse and said him to reattach the head of the horse if your goddess is so powerful. Then Bhagat started worshipping goddess day and night when all his efforts went in vain he cut his own head and offered it to goddess. Jwala ji appeared him as an eternal power riding on lion and attached both horse and Bhagat. Ma  also offered a boon that she will accept minimal offers like coconut as their devotion. Also deity is worshipped by offering Rabri (thickened milk sweet), misry and seasonal fruits.


Transport:

Road: From Kangra main bus stand Jwala Ji temple is around 2 hours of journey. You can have a glance of beauty of nature throughout the journey
Rail: Jwalamukhi Road Railway Station is around 20 kms.
Air: Gaggal(dharmshala) is about 50 kms.,simla airport is around 160 kms.

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