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Temple History

Shri Jwala Devi Mandir is one of the major '51 Shakti Peethas' of India. Jwala Devi Temple is located at a distance of 34 kms in south of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Even from Dharamshala, it lies at a stretch of 56 kms and moreover, it is easily accessible by the regular buses from both the places. It is here that Sati’s tongue fell which can now be seen in the form of the flame.

This temple is dedicated to Goddesses Jwalamukhi (with flaming mouth, the temple is believed to have nine permanent flames named after the goddesses- Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi. It is said that centuries ago, a shepherd saw the flames for the first time and Raja Bhumi Chandra, the ruler of the area had the original temple built. The Mughal Emperor Akbar installed a gold parasol and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the dome gilded. Across the courtyard is Devi’s bed chamber and above the temple is the shrine of Baba Gorakhnath. Jwalamukhi Mandir is built on a wooden platform in the "Indo-Sikh" style of architecture. The structural design of the temple is simple, but the religious aura makes it undoubtedly divine.The dome and spire of this temple are covered with Gold. The main door of the shrine is plated with silver. In front of the main shrine, there is a huge brass bell that was presented by the King of Nepal.

The temple also has a great historical significance dating back to the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar. Amazed at the continuity of these flames, he tried to extinguish these. He tried a lot of methods for this but in vain. Finally, he submitted to the power of the goddess. He went to the shrine bare footed and presented a golden umbrella to the goddess. But the goddess denied this offering and the Chhatra turned into a colossal metal. Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab also paid a visit to the temple in the year 1809. The building of the temple has a gilt dome gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and silver plated folding doors.
Inside the temple, there is a 3 feet square pit with pathway all around. In the centre of which is a hollowed rock over a primary fissure of flame. This one is regarded as the mouth of Mahakali.

The main attraction of the temple is the Aarti session, which is performed five times a day that begins early morning then at sun rise, afternoon, evening and continues till bed time of the goddesses. Apart from these, the evening Aarti (Shaiyan Aarti), performed before bed time is unique and different. The bed of the Goddesses is piled up with rich dresses decorated with precious ornaments.

Besides this main temple, there are Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj temple and many small shrines situated in the vicinity of Jwalaji temple.

 

Additional Information

Himachal Tourism runs Hotels at Jwalamukhi. The Jawalaji hotel is the nearest to this Temple. Hotel Contact is Tel: (01970) 222280,222801. Best hotels and lodges are available near the temple. Pathankot city 100 kms from Jwalmukhi devi temple which has good accommodation and transport facilities.

Jwalaji Devi mandir is 34 km from south of Kangra Valley, 55.5 kms from Dharmashala city and 111kms from Pathankot city. Kangra Bus stand is 36 kms from the temple.

Kangra Mandir Railway Station is 51.5 kms from Jwalaji Devi temple. The nearest narrow-gauge railhead is Jawalaji road Ranital at a distance of 20 km from the shrine. The nearest broadgauge railhead is Pathankot at a distance of 111kms.

Kangra Airport, Dharmasala is 46.1 kms from the temple. Buses, Taxis and private transport is available from the bus stand, railway station and airport.
  • 5:00 am to 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Contact Person: Himacha Pradesh Tourism
  • Contact Number: +91 177 2652561, 2658302
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