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Maa Jwalamukhi Ji

Jawalamukhi temple night view

Introduction :
Jwalamukhi Temple is 30 KMS south of kangra valley in the lap of shivalik range and 56 KMS from Dharamshala is a famous temple of goddess Jwalamukhi also called as the “Flaming goddess”. It lies in the valley of Beas valley and built over some natural jets of combustible gases believed to be manifestation of the goddess Devi Bhagwati Jwalamukhi.
Jwalamukhi Temple is dedicated to the “goddess of light” or the deity of flaming mouth.

Uniqueness :
One of its own kinds of temple, there is no idol in it. An eternally burning and the shining blue flames emanating from sanctum rock is only worshipped here as a manifestation of the goddess. The temple is one of the 51 power spots or Shaktipeeth of India. One of the most revered temples of the Hindus.

Structure of temple :
The temple building is modern whose dome is of gilt, gold and pinnacles gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and possess a beautiful building folding door of silver plates presented by sikh Raja Kharak Singh eldest son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The interior of the temple consists of a square pit about three feet deep with a path way all round. In the middle of which the rock is slightly hollowed over a primary fissure of gases coming out of it burst into flames. This one is regarded as the mouth of Mahakali. The gas also escape from nine other points on the crevices of the walls of the pit represents
Saraswati, Annapurna, Chandi, Hing Laj, Vindhya Vasini, Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, Ambika and Anjana - the form of goddess.

Faith and Belief :
Many people especially women take a vow that if anything ardently wish for is obtained, they will go on pilgrimage to the temple here. Thousand of devotees flocks the temple throughout the year to pay homage to the goddess and too get wishes fulfilled. Beautiful songs in the praise of the goddess are sung by the devotees on the way to temple.

History :
History of the temple dates back to the origin of the Adishakti or Sati. The temple basks in the glorious past. It was to get respite from the unending atrocities of the demons that the gods concentrated their individual energies at one point, thus giving birth to the Sati. She brought up in the house of Prajapati Daksha. Sati got married to Lord Shiva later.
Once Prajapati Daksha organized a Yajna and invited all the gods and goddesses to it except Lord Shiva. Sati wanted to partake in the grand affair so she reached the place of Yajna uninvited. All sisters of her welcomed by her father there except her. Daksha did not even dedicate the scared portion of Yajna Prasad to Lord Shiva. This made Sati feel immensely humiliated. Therefore she immolated herself in the fire of the Yajna.
Sati’s end disturbed the Lord Shiva immensely. He sliced Daksha’s head. On his reparation, the Lord affixed the head of male goat to him. Unable to restore peace even then, he roamed around the universe carrying sati’s burnt body. Foreseeing a calamity approaching, the gods requested Lord Vishnu to diffuse the anger of Lord Shiva. At this, Lord Vishnu cut apart sati’s body into several pieces with his Sudershna Chakra. Wherever those pieces of the sati’s body fell on the earth, a Shaktipeeth or the power center of the goddess come up.
The Jwalamukhi is the temple where sati’s tongue fell. The goddess therefore manifested as tiny flames here that burn through the fissure in an old age rock. There are nine burning flames at the temple that have been burning here without any oil or cotton since ages.
The temple also has a great historical significance dating back to the region of Mugal emperor Akbar. Amazed at the continuity of these flames, he tried to extinguish these. He tried a lot of methods but in vain. Finally he gave up before the power of the goddess. He went to the shrine barefooted and presented a golden umbrella to the goddess. But the goddess denied the offering and the chhatra turned into a colossal metal.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab also visited the temple in the year 1809 and presented a gilt dome to the goddess.

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