Wednesday, 29 June 2011



by Mantra & shlokas on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 5:27pm


<span>Jwalaji (flame) or Jwala Mukhi (flame mouth) is probably the most ancient temple discussed here besides Vaishno Devi.  It is mentioned in the Mahabharata and other scriptures.  There is a natural cave where eternal flames continue to burn.  Some say there are seven or nine flames for the seven divine sisters or the nine Durgas.  It is here that Sati's tongue fell which can now be seen in the form of the flame.</span>

The Legend
A cowherd found that one of his cows was always without milk.  He followed the cow to find out the cause.  He saw a girl come out of the forest, drink the cows milk, and then disappear in a flash of light.  The cowherd went to the king and told him the story.  The king was aware of the legend that Sati's tongue had fallen in this area. The king tried, without success, to find that sacred spot.  Again, some years later, the cowherd went to the king to report that he had seen a flame burning in the moutains.  The king found the spot and had darshan (vision) of the holy flame.  He built a temple there and arranged for priests to enguage in regular worship.  It is believed that the Pandavas came later and renovated the temple.

It was Dhyanu Bhagat who spread Devi Mata's name.  He lived at the time of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.  Dhyanu Bhagat was passing through Delhi with a group of pilgrams on their way to Jwalaji.  Akbar summoned him to his court to inquire into the nature of their Goddess.  Dhyanu Bhagat told him She is all powerful and answers the prayers of Her devotees.
To test Her power Akbar cut off the head of Dhyanu's horse ordering him to have the Goddess put it back.  Dhyanu went to Jwalaji and prayed day and night to no avail.  Out of desperation he cut of his own head and offered it to Devi Ma.  She then appeared to him riding a lion.  She reconnected both his head and that of the horse.  Devi Ma also offered Dhyanu Bhagat a boon.  He requested that it should not be so difficult for pigrams to show their devotion.  Mata said that in the future if someone offered a coconut she would accept it as if they had offered their own head.  To this day people continue to offer coconuts to the Goddess in Her temples all over the world.

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