|| Jai Maa Jawala Ji || ज्वाला जी
Mata Jawala Ji Temple- District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Maa Jwala Devi, Jwala Ji, Jwalamukhi is the most famous Shakti Peetha where it is said that the “Tongue” of Maa Sati fell and the idols are Devi Maa as Siddhida (Ambika) and Lord Shiva as Unmatta Bhairav. This is located in Disst. Kangra of Himanchal Pradesh. Jwalamukhi is famous temple, 30km south of Kangra valley of the Goddess Jwalamukhi with flaming mouth also known as Flaming Goddess.
History related to Sh. Dhyanu Bhakt and King Akbar :
Listening to the rising name and acclaim of the propitious and wonderful continually running Jyotis, the celebrated Dhyanu Bhakt likewise resulted in these present circumstances goal alongside his thousand mates. The lord of that time, i.e. Akbar was educated of the same and he summoned Dhyanu Bhakt in this court. The general blamed him for bringing his head up in the administration of King and calling himself greater than King Akbar. To this Dhyanu bhakt answered that he doesn’t call himself greater than the ruler, rather Maa Jwala as the greatest of all and She is the lord of the entire world and universe where as King Akbar was only the ruler of India. Being introduced infront of the lord, he was requested that demonstrate a marvel to demonstrate his actual devoteeness towards his Maa. Ruler akbar needed to test the forces of Mata Jwalaji. Dhyanu called himself a little Bhakt/aficionado of Mata Jwalaji and that he proved unable. The general recommended to remove the leader of the stallion his was riding to Mata Jwala and if the forces of Mata Jwala were real, She would return the head on. Dhyanu Bhakt called it as a wrongdoing the ruler had done and asked him still that he ought to keep the head and the middle of the steed in place for a month. The ruler concurred and permitted him to do whatever is left of his journey.
Dhyanu Bhagat continued further and after achieving Mata Jwalaji Temple, argued for Her kripa. She, the all-powerful knew all and he implored Her to alter the leader of his steed and make it alive again furthermore that he would then have the capacity to answer King Akbar for the evil demonstration he did to test Her forces. He supplicated and asked for a long time and even after that when Maa did not to the same, the considerable bhakt, but rather his own head before Maa Jwala and offered it to Her.
She was Maa Aadi/Maa Jagat Janaji and showed up instantly and put the leader of Her divotee back on his middle and gave him life once more. Returning to life Dhyanu Bhakt, fell on Maa’s feet and supplicated that we people don’t have the foggiest idea about the best possible methods and ceremonies to love Her and asked for that in coming times She doesn’t take this huge trial of Her aficionados as each lover can’t offer his head and that she acknowledges the petitions of the enthusiasts in future with a straightforward offering of Nariyal(coconut) and a banner and award their desires. To this Maa consented to acknowledge the petitions with the same in future and would allow all desires with genuine heart and got imperceptible many.
|Jawala Ji Devi – Kangra|
Over yonder in Delhi, with the kripa of Maa Jwala, the leader of the steed additionally got connected to the torse and got alive. To this the astounded Akbar still did not have any desire to have confidence in the forces of Maa Jwala and sent his general again to Jwalaji to test her nearness in this world. The general attempted to smother the jyotis by putting different thick sheets of iron on top. However the capable and marvelous jyotis of Maa Jwala came above tearing the iron sheets.
The stupid general was not prepared to acknowledge his annihilation and went up the slope around 2 kilometers to get a stream down the temple through a transitory way of stones. He then overflowed the favorable Jyotis with the running water. As and how the water began filling the zone, the all the more capable turned into the Jyotis(flames). At the point when the temple was totally overwhelmed with water, the jyotis began gliding once again the water. The general hard to acknowledge and with distress, reported the same to Akbar who understood his error of testing Maa’s forces. He understood that he ought to have never done such a deed of transgression. He chose then to walk barefeet to Maa Jwalaji and offer a sava mann (one and a quarter quintal) Chhattar of Gold as a statement of regret. Maa Jwala Devi declined to acknowledge the same as the Gold Chhattar turned promptly dull to an obscure metal or combination. Seeing this Akbar fell on his feet and asked for absolution for the transgression of testing Maa Jwala. Maa is said to have pardoned Akbar. He later offered and asked Maa with Paan, Supari, Dhwaja (banner), Nariyal(coconut) and Chunari (Stole) and he there after returned back to Delhi cheerfully.
This chhattar has been kept in the temple compound towards the left side as a momento. After testing the same in the advanced world, the Chhatar is a compound included different regular and extraordinary metals.
History identified with Maharaja Ranjit Singh
It is a chronicled episode that once Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Senapath(General), Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa got detained in a war at Kabul Kandhar. At that point to calm him, Maharaja Ranjit Singh petitioned Maa Jwala Ji. Endless supply of his desires, he got the Kalash and the Tomb of the temple covered with Gold. Later on, Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s grandson, Kunwar Naunihal Singh ws an incredible adherent of Maa Jwala and got the silver entryways made for the temple.
Other Historical Incidents
In the fourteenth century, another Mughal ruler attempted to demolish the Hindu Idols, around then, with Maa’s Prakop, there came a great many bumble bees and pushed the fighters back. Indeed, even Aurangzeb, returned back to Delhi in the wake of knowing Maa Jwala Devi’s forces.
A cowherd found that one of his dairy animals was dependably without milk. He took after the dairy animals to discover the cause. He saw a young lady leaving the timberland who drank the dairy animals’ milk, and after that vanished in a glimmer of light. The cowherd went to the ruler and recounted to him the story. The lord knew about the legend that Sati’s tongue had fallen here. The ruler attempted, without accomplishment, to find that consecrated spot. Once more, a few years after the fact, the cowherd went to the lord to report that he had seen a fire smoldering in the moutains. The ruler found the spot and had darshan (vision) of the sacred fire. He assembled a temple there and masterminded clerics to take part in customary love. It is trusted that the Pandavas came later and remodeled the temple. The society tune that “Panjan Pandavan Tera Bhawan Banaya” bears declaration to this conviction. Raja Bhumi Chand, the forebear of the decision Katoch group of Kangra, first fabricated the temple.
The current working of temple is with an overlaid arch and apexes and has an excellent collapsing entryway of silver plates, introduced by Sikh Raja Kharak Singh. This silver entryway so struck Lord Hardinge that he had a model made of it. Maharaja Ranjit Singh exhibited the plated rooftop in 1815 AD. The inside of the temple comprises of a square pit around 3 feet profound with a pathway all around. In the center, the stone is emptied out over an essential gap of a fire thought to be the searing mouth of Mahakali. The blazes escape at a few different focuses from the crevics of the mass of the pit. There are nine blazes altogether speaking to taking after various types of Goddess:-
1. Maa Saraswati
2. Maa Annapurna
3. Maa Chandi
4. Hing Laj
5. Vindhya Vasini
Jawalamukhi has since times immemorial ended up being an incredible journey focus. The Mughal Emperor Akbar once attempted to quench the flares by covering them with an iron plate and notwithstanding channelizing water to them. In any case, the blazes impacted every one of these endeavors. Akbar then exhibited a brilliant parasol at the hallowed place. Be that as it may, his skepticism at the force of devi brought about the gold to spoil into another metal. His faith in the god was all the more reinforced after this episode. A large number of travelers visit the hallowed place round the year to fulfill their otherworldly inclination.
The sacred flame of Devi can be found in nine distinctive routes at Jwala ji mandir. The blazes would some be able to times turn out to be less or more. It is said that Navdurga is the maker of 14 bhuvanas whose hirelings are Satwa, Rajas and Tamas gunas. The fire smoldering in the front of the entryway in the silver passageway is the type of Mahakali. This fire is brahma fire and is the bestower of Bhakti and Mukti. Rest of the blazes are known as taking after.
The primary fire blazing in the silver walkway is Mahakali, the provider of Bhakti and Mukti.
Beside the primary fire is the Mahamaya Annapurna fire which gives the fans in extraordinary sum.
On the opposite side is the fire of Goddess Chandi, who is the destroyer of the foes.
The fire decimating every one of our distresses has a place with Hingalaja Bhavani.
The fifth fire is Vidhvashni which gives free of all the bitterness.
The fire of Mahalakshmi, the bestower of riches and flourishing is arranged in Jyoti kund.
The bestower of learning, Goddess Saraswati is likewise present in the kund.
Goddess Ambika, the bestower of kids, can likewise be seen here.
Goddess Anjana, the bestower of age and all the satisfaction is additionally present in this kunda.
Gorakh dibbi: This is a blessed spot. The water here in a little kunda dependably seems to bubble yet it keeps cool by the beauty of the Mother. Another recognized thing about this spot is that a little fire blazing on little kund has all the earmarks of being extensive in the water. This is otherwise called Rudra Kunda. This spot is marginally above Jwala ji temple. It is said that Guru Gorakhnath did atonement at this spot. He kept his dibbi with his follower Siddha Nagarjun and went to bring khichdi yet did not return and the water in the dibbi did not get to be hot.
Shayan kaksha: This is the spot where the Devi takes rest. There is a bed made of marble in the focal point of the fundamental lobby which is improved with silver. At 10:00 pm, after the aarti is offered to the devi, the garments and beautifying agents are set in the room alongside water and daatun. The icons of Mahadevi, Mahakali, MahaSaraswati and Mahalakshmi are manufactured all over outside the room. The original copy of Guru Granth Sahib given by Guru Gobind Singh is likewise sheltered in the room.
How To Reach Jawala Ji – Kangra – Himachal Pradesh
After reaching the Jwalaji area/ bus stand, there is one main path to this temple, though other small distributeries can also be found from down the road. You have a main security check at the beginning of the temple compound. The main staircase is around 20 ft wide with Prasad Shops on both sides leading you to the main gate of the temple compound.
Route to Maa Jwala ji Dham is 32 Kilometers from Maa Chintpurni Devi hence the route from Delhi to Maa Jwalaji is very much the same to Maa Chintpurni Ji. On the way from Delhi to Jwala ji, the famous temples that you will find on the way are, Maa Mansa Devi in Chandigarh, Shri Anandpur Sahib, Maa Naina Devi Dham, Maa Chintpurni Devi.
After Bharwain you take right towards Dera Gopipur to Maa Jwala ji, world famous place. Mata Bajreshwari Devi is just 35 kms. If you choose to come from Jammu, Pathankot or other upper India regions, it is easier to reach the main Kangra city and then move to Jwalaji.
The closest train station to Mata Jwala Devi is Ranital which is 18 km away. However from Delhi, it is better to take a train till Amb Andaura, Una and then travel by road.
If you are visiting Maa Jwalaji after Maa Chintpurni Devi, it is instructed by the pandits that you do not carry the Halwa prasad from Maa Chintpurni Devi to Maa Jwala Devi.
The airport at Gaggal is 46 km from Jwalamukhi. The closest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot, 123 km away. The nearest narrow-gauge railhead is Jawalaji road Ranital at a distance of 20 km from the shrine. Taxis and buses are available at both places. This place is 34 Kms from Kangra Valley. From Delhi the road distance is 473 km and from Shimla it is 212 km.