Kapil Sharma, Jwalamukhi (Kangra)One hour ago
Chaitra Navratri 2023 is going on. On this occasion, we are going to tell you the story of that Shaktipeeth of Mother Goddess, where the tongue of Mother Sati fell. This Shaktipeeth is a famous temple of Jwala Devi, 30 km from Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, which is also known as Jota Wali Mata Ka Mandir, because no idol is worshiped here, rather 9 mysterious flames coming out of the earth are worshipped. Is. One of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the goddess is worshiped in the form of Agni in this temple.
In this world famous Shaktipeeth Shri Jwalamukhi Temple, these 9 lamps have been burning for centuries without light, wick, ghee and oil. It is believed that Maa Jwala herself appears in the form of miraculous lights. Now is it reverence or miracle, faith or superstition, the mystery is unsolved till date. Neither the British nor the scientists could solve its mystery till today. Before independence, the British many times tried to know the secret of Jyoti in the hills of Jwalamukhi. Scientists of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) camped here for more than 6 decades now, but did not get success.
9 lights of flame burning for centuries: Kapil
Kapil Sharma, the chief priest of the temple told that 9 flames of mother Jwala have been burning in Jwalamukhi for centuries. These lights are known as Mahakali, Annapurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhyavasini, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika, Anjidevi. When a calamity comes, these lights give a signal in advance by lighting up in different colours. Here no idol is worshipped, but 9 lights are worshipped. A temple has been built over these lights.
The temple was discovered by the Pandavas
The credit for finding this temple goes to the Pandavas. Raja Bhumi Chand started the construction work of the temple. Later it was completed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab and Raja Sansarchand in 1835. His grandson Kunwar Naunihal Singh got silver plates offered on the main doors of the temple, which are still visible today. The temple of Mother Jwala Devi is built in Mandap style.
The tongue had fallen on the hills of Jwalaji
Adishakti, known as Sati, is said to have become the wife of Lord Shiva, the first Shakti. Once Sati’s father insulted Lord Shiva, Sati did not accept this, so she burnt herself in the Havan Kund. When Lord Shiva heard about the death of his wife, the world had to bear his wrath. He started traveling in the three worlds by lifting the dead body of Sati.
The deities trembled with Shiva’s anger and sought help from Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu dismembered the body of Sati with the blows of the Chakra. At the places where the pieces fell, 52 holy ‘Shaktipeeths’ came into existence. Sati’s tongue fell in the volcano and the goddess appeared in the form of small flames. It is said that centuries ago, a shepherd saw flames coming out of a certain mountain. Jwalaji is also known as Jota Wali Temple.
Akbar had dug a canal to extinguish the flame
It is said that Emperor Akbar had dug his soldiers till the canal to extinguish the flames burning in Jwala Devi, but it did not extinguish. At last Akbar had to bow down before these lights. He offered a gold canopy in the temple. Akbar became proud after offering the umbrella. Because of this arrogance, gold turned into such a metal, which has not been detected till date.
ONGC drilled the first well in 1959
After the country became independent, ONGC scientists struggled to find evidence of gas or oil in Jwalaji hills for more than 6 decades. ONGC tried for the first time in 1959 by digging wells in the volcano and surrounding areas to find out how the flame is burning without oil, wick, ghee.
Well dug for the first time in Tedha temple
A well was also dug for the first time in Tedha Temple of Jwalamukhi. After that in Surani in 1965, excavations were done in the forests of Baggi, Bandol, Gheena, Lanj, Surani and Kalidhar, but nothing could be found. Exhausted scientists have now stopped research.
Places to visit around the temple
Tedha Temple, Abinkeshwar Mahadev, Arjunnaga Temple, Gorakhdibbi, Lal Shivalaya, Radhakrishna Temple, Tara Devi, Bhairav Temple, Ancient Ganesh Temple, Ashtabhuji Temple are places of interest in Jwalamukhi.
How To Reach Shaktipeeth Jwalaji
Air Way: The nearest airport to Jwalaji Temple is at Gaggal, which is located at a distance of 46 kilometers from Jwalaji. Car and bus facility is available from here to reach the temple.
railroad track: Passengers going by rail can come to Palampur via Maranda with the help of special train running from Pathankot. Bus and car facilities are available from Palampur to the temple.
Road Route: Bus and car facilities are available from major cities like Pathankot, Delhi, Shimla etc. to Jwalamukhi Temple. Apart from this, travelers can also reach there by their private vehicles and Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department’s bus.