34-km from Kangra and 56 km from Dharamsala. Recognised as
one of the 51 Shaktipiths of India, Jwalamukhi's Devi
Temple, tended by the followers of Goraknath, is set against
a cliff. The picturesque temple, built against a wooded
spur, in the Indo-Sikh style, has a dome that was gilded by
Mughal Emperor Akbar.
burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum
is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi. During
March-April and September-October every year colourful fairs
are held during the Navaratra celebrations.
a famous temple of goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of flaming
mouth, built over some natural jets of combustible gas,
believed to be the manifestation of the Goddess. The
building is modern with a gilt dome and pinnacles, and
possesses a beautiful folding door of silver plates.
gaze of the Dhauladhar range and set amidst the undulating
hills that character sub-Himalayan Himachal Sati'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.
Chand Katoch 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. The burning flames and the complex have
come to be known as Jwalamukhi.
located on a small spur on the Dharamsala-Shimla road at a
distance of about 20-kms from the Jwalamukhi Road Railway
Station attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year. No idol is
located in the temple but only the flames, which come out
from the crevices of the rock, are worshipped. They are
natural jets of combustible gas.
There is a
small platform in front of the temple and a(check usage) 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 deity is-
offered Bhog of Rabri or thickened milk, Misri or candy,
seasonal fruits, milk and arti is done. There is a mystic
Yantar or diagram of the goddess, which is covered with,
shawls, ornaments and mantras are recited. The puja has
different 'phases' and goes on practically the whole day.
Arti is done five times in the day, Havan is performed once
daily and portions of "Durga Saptasati" are
Ranjit Singh paid a visit to the temple in 1815 and the dome
of the temple was gold-plated by him. Just a few feet above
the Jwalamukhi temple there is a six-feet deep pit with a
circumference of about three-feet. At the bottom of this pit
there is another small pit about one and a half feet deep
with hot water bubbling all the time.
Nagini Mata: The site of a fair held in the months of
July/August, this place is located on the hill above
Temple: Popularly known as 'Tera' mandir, it stands at a
tilt after the earthquake of 1905. Lord Rama, Laxman and
Sita are said to have stayed here and the first temple is
supposed to have been built by the Pandavas.
Ashtabhuja Temple: This
ancient temple has a stone image of the eight-armed goddess
and other smaller shrines adjoin this.
connected with the glory of Kangra's erstwhile rulers, there
are numerous old temples and remains of a couple of old
is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a huge
Panj Teerthi and
Mahakalehwar: By the banks of the river Beas and closely
associated with the exile of the Pandavas are these two
sacred places, situated within a few hundred metres of each
Here at the Baglamata temple there is a stone image of the
goddess. At the nearby Shiv temple is a 'linga' said to have
been placed by the Pandavas.
There are numerous attractive temples and an old fort
located over here.
Mangarh: On a
top of a hill is this octagonal fort named after Raja Mam