Maa Jwala Ji Temple Kangra, Himachal

Maa Jwala Ji Temple

One of the oldest known pilgrimage destinations of Northern India, Jwala Ji Temple is around 32km South-West of Kangra and esteemed by the devoted Hindus of the country. There are several other temples dedicated to Goddess Jwala Ji, among which the one in Kangra district is believed to be the most auspicious. The temple is located in Jwalamukhi Town of Kangra. The main attraction of Jwala Ji Temple is the eternal flames representing the image of deity, Jwala Ji. The four cornered sanctum-sanctorum of the temple is set with a small dome and a square central pit where the sacred stone is found. The main flame of this temple keeps burning constantly. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas found in different corners of the South-East Asia. It is believed that the tongue of Goddess Sati fell on this ground. Offering coconut is a popular practice in Jwala ji Temple.

Legend As per the legend associated with the temple, there was a cowherd who always used to find his cow without milk. One day he followed his cow till the grazing field and found that a young girl drank the cow's milk and disappeared with the blink of an eye. Seeing this, the cowherd went to the king and described about the incident. The king tried to trace out the place with the help of the cowherd but he failed. Few years later the same cowherd informed the King about a flame burning in the mountains. This time the king could spot the flame without much fail and being blessed with the view of this mysterious flame. It is the king who built this temple of Jwala Ji.