Famous for the Jawalamukhi Temple, Jawalamukhi is a town located in the beautiful Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
Attractions of Jawalamukhi
Jawalamukhi temple is a renowned temple dedicated to goddess Jawalamukhi with a flaming mouth. The devotees visitng the temple worship a flame lit here by the temple priest and offer prayers to it. There are nine flames, which derived their names from the goddesses: Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi. The flames burn without any help and can be seen erupting from a rock-side.
Jawalamukhi Temple is one of the 51 Maha Shakti-Pithas. Devotees visit here from all parts of India to receive blessings of the goddess. The arti is conducted during morning and evening hours. The goddess is offered bhog (sacred food) of rabri (thickened milk), misri, seasonal fruits and milk. Havan is also performed every day. The shrine is also home to a mystic yantra of the goddess, adorned with beautiful woolen garment and jewelery. The mantras are recited in front of the yantra.
Navaratra festivals which fall twice a year are celebrated with great fervor at the temple. Devotees keep a fast during the Navaratras which continue for nine days. Participate in the colorful fairs organized during the festivals and enjoy the rich culture of Himachal Pradesh.
- Brijeshwari Devi Temple in Kangra, 35 km from Jwalaji.
- Chamunda Devi Temple, 60 km from Jwalaji.
- Shiva Temple at Baijnath, 85 km from Jwalaji
- Chintpurni Devi Temple in Una, 35 km from Jwalaji.
- Plan a visit to Jawalamukhi and see these beautiful temples, which represent the rich heritage of Himachal Pradesh.