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Country : India State : Himachal Pradesh         Jawalamukhi               
     
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Jawalamukhi is a town and a nagar panchayat in Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Jawalamukhi is located at 31°53′N 76°19′E / 31.88°N 76.32°E / 31.88; 76.32. It has an average elevation of 610 metres (2,001 feet). At the 2001 India census, Jawalamukhi had a population of 4931. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Jawalamukhi has an average literacy rate of 87%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 73%. In Jawalamukhi, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. As of 2001 India census, Number of Households - 1,012 Average Household Size(per Household) - 5.0 Population-Total - 4,931 Population-Urban - 4,931 Proportion of Urban Population (%) - 100 Population-Rural - 0 Sex Ratio - 906 Population(0-6Years) - 608 Sex Ratio(0-6 Year) - 961 SC Population - 812 Sex Ratio (SC) - 961 Proportion of SC (%) - 16.0 ST Population - 0 Sex Ratio (ST) - 0 Proportion of ST (%) - 0 Literates - 3,777...      Read more at wikipedia...
 
Title
Jwalamukhi is 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.
 
Facts At A Glance
STD Code 01970
Description
Ancient legends speak of a time when demons lorded over the Himalaya mountains and harassed the gods. Led by Lord Vishnu, the gods decided to destroy them. They focused their strengths and huge flames rose from the ground. From that fire, a young girl took birth.She is regarded as Adishakti the first "Shakti".

Known as Sati or Parvati, she grew up in the house of Prajapati Daksha and later became the consort of Lord Shiva. Once her father insulted Lord Shiva and unable to accept this, she killed herself. When Lord Shiva heard of his wife's death his rage knew no bounds and holding Sati's body he began stalking the three world's. The other god's trembled before his wrath and appealed to Lord Vishnu for help Lord Vishnu left fly a volly of arrows which struck Satis body and several it to pieces. At the places where the piece fell, the fifty one sacred "shaktipeeths came into being.

Sati's tongue fell at Jwalaji (610m) and the goddess is manifest as tiny flames that burns flawless blue through fissures in the age old rock. Even the Pandavs are regarded to have visited this sacred palace.
 
Location
Iti situated 34-km South Of Kangra.
 
How To Get There
The airport at Gaggal is 46km from Jwalamukhi. The closest broadgauge railhead is at Pathankot, 123 km away. Taxis and buses are available at both places. From Delhi the road distance is 473 km and from Shimla this is 212km.
 
Attractions
Jwalaji Shrines There are nine different flames within the temple and each signifies something different. It is said that centuries ago, a cowherd saw the flames for the first time and Raja Bhumi chandra the ruler of the area had the original temple built. The Mughal emperor Akbar installed a gold parasol and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the dome gilded. Just above the Devi's temple is the shrine of Baba Gorakhnath and across the courtyard her bed chamber.

Nagini Mata (4.5km) The site of a fair held in July August this is located on the hill above Jwalaji.

Ashtabhuja Temple (11km) This ancient temple has stone image of the eight armed goddess. Other smaller shrines adjoin this.

Nadoun (12km): Closely connected with the glory of Kangra erstwhile rulers there are numerous old temples and the remains of a couple of old Palaces here.

Shri Raghunathji Temple (5km) Popularaly known as Teda Mandir it stands at a tilt after the earthquake of 1905. Rama, Laxman, and Sita are said to have stayed here and the first temple is supposed to have been built by the Pandavas.

Chaumukha (22km via Nadaun) There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a huge four faced image.

Panj Teerth and Mahakaleshwar (9km and 28km via Nadaun): By the banks of river Beas and closely associated with the exile of the pandavas are these two sacred places. They are within a few hundred meters of each other.

Bankhandi (36km): here, at the Bandlamata temple there id a stone image of the goddess. At the nearby Shiva temples is a "linga said old fort" .
 
Travel Tips
For tourists desirous of visiting the temple, the closest airport is at Gaggal which is around 50 km away. The nearest railhead is a narrow gauge one at Ranital, 20 km away. Chandigarh airport and railway station is at a distance of around 200 km. The temple is also well connected by road. State transport buses from cities of Punjab and Haryana are available. Taxis are also there to take you to the Jwalamukhi temple.

Devotees can either buy prashad from any of the nearby shops of the temple or bring in their own prasad from home. Usually, the prasad that is offered to the deity include pan, supari, dhawaza, narela, loung and elaichi.
 
History
The history of the Jwalamukhi Temple states that the great Mughal emperor Akbar visited it and tried to douse of the flame of the temple. However, when 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. Maharaja Ranjit Sigh also paid a visit to the temple in the year 1809. His son, Kharak Singh gifted a pair of silver plated folding doors to the temple while Ranjit Singh himself gave the gilt roof.

The history of the temple also states that there were a number of beautiful dancing girls in this temple at one point of time. However, there is nothing of the sort today. Moreover, in the princely era, the work of the temple was managed by the raja of Naduan. He himself appointed the temple priest. After independence, things changed a lot. The pujaris is now appointed and paid by by the government. A part of the money collected by the temple is used to improve the facilities for the visiting pilgrims.
 
Excursions
Nagini Mata: The site of a fair held in the months of July/August, this place is located on the hill above Jawalamukhi.
 
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