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“Beyond Imagination”

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Ranked #10 of 54 things to do in Dharamsala
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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“Beyond Imagination”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Being a firm believer of Science and Technology, i couldnt believe watching the flames out of Naturally emiited Combustible Gaeses through number of fissures at the temple. I checked the internet and confirmed the fact. Marvellous and Extraordinary power.

Visited August 2014
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“Jawalamukhi temple "GODDESS OF LIGHT",”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Jalamukhi is a famous temple to the goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of flaming mouth, built over some natural jets of combustible gas, believed to be the manifestation of the Goddess. Raja Bhumi 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 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 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.
In this temple there is a copper pipe through which natural gas comes out and the priest of the temple lights this.
The temple located on a small spur on the Dharamsala-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. 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. There is a mystic Yantra 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. Aarti is performed five times in the day, havan is performed once daily and portions of Durga Saptasati are recited.

The temple was looted and destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1009.

The Mughal Emperor Akbar, on learning about the legends of Jwalamukhi, tried to douse the flames with a stream of water but could not succeed in doing so. Out of reverence, Akbar offered a Gold umbrella (Chatra) to the Goddess, but the umbrella turned into an unknown metal suggesting that the Goddess did not accept his offering.[7]

Maharaja 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.

The temple is identified as one among the 52 Shakti Peethas . It is also one of the most renowned temples of Goddess Durga .

Jwalaji was buzzing with travellers, passing the main bus stand we reached Jwalaji by taxi from Chintpurni. Jwalaji is well connected by bus to Delhi, Haridwar, Chandigarh, Jullundur and Amritsar. If one wishes to come by train, there are two routes.. one is Delhi-Una by train and then Una-Jwalaji by taxi or bus. Another longer but more beautiful route is Delhi -Pathankot by train and then Pathankot – Jwalamukhi Road by toy train, a journey which you will never forget. From Jwalamukhi Road there are regular bus services to Jwalaji, which is 17 Kms from Railway Station.There are plenty of hotels and Dharamshalas in Jwalaji. During our earlier visits, we used to stay at Kuthiala Dharamshala, the only good place then. Hotel Jwalaji, run by HPTDC is the best option now, because they have budget rates (from Rs.900 to Rs.3500 per room) and their food is clean and tasty.In my first visit, I saw Jwalamukhi as a lonely temple with a few dharamshala, some shops and small temple complex where goats and sheeps were sacrificed.
Now Jwalaji has become a huge complex, with dozens of hotels, long bazars with shops and no sacrifice in the temple…tks to more and more non-himachali visiting the temple which forced the authorities to stop sacrifice in the temple. The main gate of Jwalaji opposite bus stand is donated by Dogra Regiment. Passing the long bazar of 1 Km, among the invitations of the shopkeepers to take prashad from them we continued our journey towards the temple.
Story of Jwalaji is well known..but just to refresh memories let me re-tell it in short. This is a sidhha peetha where Sati’s tongue fell. This is the only temple in India where there is no idol or pindi or linga to be worshipped. Instead there are 7 flames continuously burning for 1000s of years.
When Akbar came to know of this place, he tried to extinguish the flames first by bringing a rivulet from uphill, but the flames kept burning above the water. Then he tried to fix iron plates on the flames to kill them, but the flames melted the iron and came out of iron plates.
Maharaja Ranjeet Singh was also devotee of Jwalaji and donated the gold for its dome, which we can still see.
As the name suggests, Jwalamukhi village is situated on a sleeping volcano and as the scientists suggest that the natural gas reserves underneath are leaking some gasses from the fissures which is burning as Jwalaji flames. IN 60s & 70s ONGC with the help of German and Russian companies tried to extract the natural gas. But three such efforts were failed and money lost and the scientists declared that the natural gas underneath is quite low pressured and of lesser volume for any extraction. The Jwala-bhaktas took it as a defeat of science over devotion. in 1977 I had gone 3 Kms uphill to see the machinery left there by ONGC after failed attempts to get natural gas. I do not take it as a failure of science …because science is also made by God and any miracle is done with the help of scientific facts…which may be unknown to us now.
Shakti as we call it is also in natural gas, volcanoes and oil…so for me even that natural gas is worth worshipping as a direct manifestation of god….प्रभु व्यापक सर्वत्र समाना… प्रेम से प्रकट भये, हम जाना.. God is every where and it is our love which makes him manifest any where… so for me even the Natural gas flame is Jwala Devi.
f anyone of you are a little aware of the 10 Mahavidyas, Jwalaji is the sidha peetha of Mother Dhumavati, one of the 10 Mahavidyas. 10 Mahavidyas hold supreme place in Tantra philosophy. She is ugly, causes death of children, loss of money, brings sorrows, pains and illness…. just opposite Laxmi. No one literally worships her and people are afraid of her demonic figure. But Mother Dhumavati is very kind and compassionate. Anyone worshipping her with devotion and love gets the boon – I Dhumavati will never visit your family… means the Bhakta is free from poverty, child death and sufferings and remains happy in life.

Mother Dhumavati is adored by Tantrics and Top Tantriks of olden times, like Nagarjuna and Guru Gorakhnath did a lot of tantrik worship here. In fact, no tantra worship is complete without having a visit here.

Guru Gorakhnath was so powerful in his tapasya that Mother appeared before him and asked for a boon. Guru Gorakhnath asked her to give him khichri. With Jwalaji’s power the cold water started boiling and Guruji asked mother to wait for him till he comes back. After this Guru left Jwalaji and never returned… so that Shakti remains there as per her promise.

Gorakh Tibbi (wrongly spoken as Dibbi) is the place where that cold water is boiling. If you enter this temple, a Nath sadhu will show you the small pit where water is boiling and is cold. This is due to the fact that gas is bubbling out from the water and it looks like boiling. Then the Nath will put a burning flame on the surface of water and with a booom, the blue flame comes out of water and goes upto roof…. people cry Jai Matadi… nath gets some donation and the show is over.
Devotion or scientific marvel… both ways Gorakh Tibbi is worth visiting.
We came back to our hotel, had the refreshments and were ready for our next destination Kangra which is about 35 Kms from Jawalamukhi

Visited May 2014
8 Thank SandeepSaxena-IIP
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New Delhi, India
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“Jawalaji Temple.”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Must visit, lot of Hindus visiting this beautifully located temple. Accessing quiet comfortable. Beware of touts around.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Sharad006
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Alwar, India
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“Very Bad”
Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Temple complex was dirty,a policeman was standing at the exit but no guard or police man was on the entrance.There were no lanes,no system.There was so much crowd,everyone was pushing each other.It was such a waste of time <:3

Visited June 2014
Thank Arnav193
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New Delhi, India
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“Good Darshan”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

Must visit temple. This was the first time we went there and there were some rush, as devotees started coming now. In July-Aug, I heard that there is big sawan festival celebrated in temple and people come from different part of India and abroad.

Visited June 2014
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