Significance of Jwalamukhi and the nine forms of Goddess Aadisakthi near to it | Where is the temple of Jwalamukhi situated and its touristic importance
Jwalamukhi is one of the saktipeetams mentioned in the sloka about Ashtadasa saktipeetams. This is situated in Himachal Pradesh. But according to the belief of the people here, Goddess Aadisakthi appeared in nine places in nine forms, in and around Himachal Pradesh. These nine forms of the Goddess are called Navadurgas. These are Manasadevi near Chandigarh, Kalkadevi in Kalka which is located on the route of Chandigarh and Shimla, Nainadevi situated near Bhakra-nangal dam which is between the borders of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Chinthapurni, in the north direction from there, Jwalamukhi situated at a distance of 50 kms in the northeast direction from Chintapurni. Kangadadevi temple is at a distance of 40 kms in the north direction, Chanda situated at a distance of 40 kms from Kangadadevi and Vaishno Devi which is situated far from Himachal Pradesh and very near to Jammu.
Sakambari devi temple is situated in the northwest corner of Himachal Pradesh between Paonta Saheb and Dehradun. Kaangdadevi is also called Wadreswari and Goddess Jwalamukhi is also referred to as Vaishnodevi. That is why there is a word in the Astadashpeetas sloka ‘Jwalaayam Vaishnavi’.
There is a special thing about the temples of this area. No temple in this area has the deities who are in the form of human beings. A stone of 1 to 1 1/2 feet, which looks like an over turned coconut shell is worshipped here. This form is called ‘pindi’ here. All these pilgrim centers have lodges and good hotels. Rates are affordable by a common man.