497. Jwalamukhi

In Himachal Pradesh State of India, many important places are situated. One such place is a Shakthi Peetha known as Jwalamukhi.  The tourists whoever visit Himachal Pradesh will definitely visit this place.  Jwalamukhi is a famous temple dedicated to the Goddess  Durga, another name for Jwalamukhi. She is  the deity of flaming face.

     Raja Bhumi Chand  of  Kangra, a great devotee of Goddess  Durga,  dreamt of the sacred place and the Raja set people to find out the whereabouts of the site. The site was traced and the Raja built a temple at that location.  The building is modern with a gilt dome and pinnacles, and possesses a beautiful folding door of silver plates. Under the gaze of the  Dhauladhar mountain range and set amidst the undulating hills that character sub-Himalayan Himachal Sathi’s tongue is believed to have fallen at Jwalamukhi and the goddess is manifest as tiny flames that burn a flawless blue through fissures in the age old rock. Nobody knows how the flame comes.

The temple located on a small spur on the Dharamshala-Shimla road at a distance of about 20 km from the Jwalamukhi Road Railway Station attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year. No idol is located in the temple and the deity is worshipped in the form of flames which come out from the crevices of the rock. There is a small platform in front of the temple and a big mandap where a huge brass bell presented by the King of Nepal is hung. Usually milk and water are offered and the ahutis or oblations are offered to the sacred flames in the pit, situated in the centre of the temple in between the floor pillars supporting the roof.

The temple also has a mystic Yantra or diagram of the goddess, which is covered with, shawls and ornaments. The puja in the temple goes on almost the whole day with the aarti being performed five times in a day, and the havan once.

Please visit this temple atleast once in your lifetime.

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