Jwalamukhi Temple: A tale of Shakti Peetha

Jwalamukhi Temple is amongst the 51 Shakti-Peetha of the country. It is located around 30 km to the south of the Kangra valley in the lap of Shivalik range and is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of Flaming Mouth. The history of the Jwalamukhi Temple reveals that the great Mughal emperor Akbar visited it and tried to douse the flame of the temple. However, when he was unsuccessful, he willingly submitted to the power of the goddess. He presented a gold chhatri (umbrella) for the goddess which is said to have turned into copper when he turned around to have a look at it before leaving.


History About Jwalamukhi

The story of Jwalamukhi Temple relates to Sati, a goddess born when gods concentrated their individual energy on the ground. These gods were looking for a respite or the protection from the atrocities of the demons. The girl named Adishakti or the first Shakti (Sati or Parvati). She was brought up in childhood by Prajapati Daksha and married Lord Shiva later by Sati performing penance. The belief reveals that Prajapati Daksha once organized a yajna and invited everyone except Lord Shiva. Sati felt immensely humiliated and insulted at this act of her father and immolated her in the fire of the Havankund which was organized by her father. With this action, Lord Shiva became so furious that he carried Sati’s burnt body and moved around the three worlds.

The gods could not foresee a calamity approaching them so they assembled before Lord Vishnu and asked him to do something to control the anger of Lord Shiva. As a remedy to this problem Lord Vishnu cut apart Sati’s body into several pieces with the help of his Sudharshan Chakra. Wherever on earth, the pieces of Sati’s body fell, a Shaktipeeth came up with different temples. These are the spot that is regarded as the power center of the goddess. Jwalamukhi temple one of the forms of Maa Durga is the place where the tongue of Sati fell. Here the goddess is manifested like tiny flames that burn through the fissures in the age-old rock.


How to reach Jwalamukhi:-


The airport at Gaggal is 46 km from Jwalamukhi. Indian Airlines flies to Dharamsala thrice a week from Delhi.


The closest broad-gauge railhead is at Pathankot, 123 km away. The nearest narrow gauge is the mountain train at Kangra.

By Road:

Jwalamukhi temple is around 140 km from Pathankot via Dharamsala.

Best time to Visit Jwalamukhi:-

Jwalamukhi is visited all year round. But it is an auspicious believe that one should visit the temple during the Navratri Days.

Places to visit near Jwalamukhi:-

There are multiple options for visiting different places around Jwalamukhi,

Palampur, Dharamshala, Mcedloganj.

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