Significance of Jwalamukhi and the nine forms of Goddess Aadisakthi near to it | Where is the temple of Jwalamukhi situated and its touristic importance

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 saktipeetams

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.

Places of interests near LEH are Kargil, Pugtal, Rangdum etc | Route map and driving directions to LEH fronm Srinagar, J&K, India

Places of interests near LEH are Kargil, Pugtal, Rangdum etc | Route map and driving directions to LEH from Srinagar, J&K, India

leh valley

Highest mountain ranges, covered with white blanket of snow, vast green Nature, beautiful blue rivers, lakes and deep valleys. Leh is in between them.  This beautiful town is a heavenly abode for the foreign tourists.  It is a great destination for home tourists also.  This village attracts the customers with its beauty.

Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 kms , and is located in Jammu & Kashmir near the Indian border. This is a district head quarter.  Not only that, this is the largest district in India.  Half of the area of Jammu & Kashmir is in this district.  When British ruled India, they were very much interested in visiting Leh.  Nearly 18,000 national and international tourists visit Leh annually.  Tourists are also attracted to the Buddhist culture.

The Buddhist memorials in Leh are a treat to the eyes.  Many tourists visit the Shanti Stupa which is outside the town.  In the middle of the town there is a Kali mandir which is 800 years old, on a hill which mesmerizes the tourists.  Tourists can also visit Leh palace belonging to 17th century and is built in the Tibetan architecture tradition.  Most valuable and most ancient of all the places, is the Hemis gompa monastery.

Mountaineering

Many foreign tourists come to Leh to climb the mountain Nanukun, which is in the Himalayan mountain range.  Availability of transport facility is one of the main reasons for the tourists to visit this place.  Para Gliding facility is also arranged for the adventurous tourists. July and August months are suitable for swimming and rafting in the rivers Indus, Zanskar and Shyok (in Nubra valley).  Camel riding is available at Nubra region.   This place is suitable for trekking as the surroundings are pleasant.

River Indus

It is not an exaggeration to say that there are no words to describe the beauty of river Indus.  This river originates in Tibet and flows through Kashmir, Pakistan and discharges into the Arabian ocean.  A festival with the name ‘Sindu Darshan’ is organized by the government of India every year in May and June months.  The journey of this river starts from the holy Manasarovar in Tibet.  So devotees consider this river a sacred one.  Many devotees throng to this place during the festival.  Devotees from various parts of India bring water from their nearest rivers and mix the water in Indus during the festival .

Nearby places

Drass is another place of interest which is at a distance of 60kms from Leh.  This is the second most coldest place on earth. Winter snow fall can be enjoyed here.  In winter – 40o temperature is also recorded here.  Kargil,  Phugtal,  Rangdum, Sani and Suru valley are the other interesting places.

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How to reach Pinjore / Pinjaur in Chandigardh? Location map of Pinjore gardens:

How to reach Pinjore / Pinjaur in Chandigardh? Location map of Pinjore gardens:
Pinjore

Interesting places in Chandigarh:

Chandigarh is an excellent newly designed city. In this city the main place to be visited is Nackchand Rock Gardens. The other places which are looks very attractive for tourists are the construction of University Building and Secretariat Building. From the distance of 20 Km from Chandigarh there is a beautiful garden which is in the form of steps in the mountain ranges like view at a place called Pinjore / Pinjaur which is a one of the tourist place to be visited by everyone. There is a temple called Goddess Manasa Devi which is at the outside of the city. In the same way there is a place called Kalka which as temple of Goddess Kalika which starts at the way from Chandigarh to Simla. Among the Nine temples which are treated as Nava Durgas by the people of that area the Manasa Devi and Kalka Devi temples are two of them.

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How the Kollur Mookambika got that name? | The temple architecture and Mookambika idol details

How the Kollur Mookambika got that name? | The temple architecture and Mookambika idol details

Kollue MookambikaThis temple has a history for its origin.  In Kritayugam there was a demon Kamasura in this place.  He did penance to please Lord Shiva.  Goddess Parvathi  made him dumb to prevent him from asking boons.  Later she killed him on Jesta sukla ashtami on the Kodachadri hill.  So the Goddess is called Mookambika.

Kollur Mookambika temple is built in the Kerala architecture style.  There is a 20 feet Deepa sthambam at the entrance.  Gaja sthambam which has golden plating is a little shorter.  Devotees have the darshan of these stambhas and then enter the sanctum sanctorium.  Male devotees have to take off their vests and shirts before entering the temple.  Mookambika Devi appears in a cross-legged position.  Mookambika has four hands, with the chakram and sankham in the upper hands.

The idol of Goddess Mookambika was installed along with the Srichakram by Adisankaracharya.  Adisankaracharya peetham is at the west side of the sanctum sanctorum.  Earlier Devi appeared ferocious.  Adisankaracharya did penance and make her tranquil.  Adisankaracharya went to north India with the permission of the Goddess, it is said.  All the kings who ruled this place worshipped and developed this religious place.

A Jyothirlingam is present in front of the idol of Mookambika.  This lingam is divided unequally by the line.  Devotees believe that the small portion of the lingam is the place of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the big portion is the place for Saraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali.  Decorations and Pujas are held for the idol and Abhishekam to the Lingam.

Vishnu Temple with navagrahas built by Krishnadevaraya as per his mother wish at Nagalapuram | Ganesh or Ganapati in Standing posture

Vishnu Temple with navagrahas built  by Krishnadevaraya as per his mother wish at Nagalapuram | Ganesh or Ganapati in Standing posture

Vishnu Temple

During the Pallava rule, only Sanctum Sanctorum was built for Lord Vedanarayana.  Later in 1517, Srikrishnadevaraya visited this temple on his way to Tamilnadu.  And the temple was built as per the desire of his mother.  The construction was completed in an area of 12 acres.  There are 7 dwaraalu and 4 gopuraalu.  Earlier Nagalapuram was called Harikantapuram.  After the completion of the temple construction Krishnadevaraya has given the name Nagalambapuram after his mother.  It has become Nagalapuram gradually.

Lord Dakshinamurty, Lord Ganesha are on the south side of the temple, Brahma and Durga on the north, Lakshinarasimha Swamy is on the west side of the temple.  Sanctum sanctorum is designed in such a way that sun rays touch the idol for 3 days during Chaitramasam.

Niluvunamaala Ganapathi

The main idol of Nagalapuram is facing west.

  • The statue of Ganapathi is seen in every other temple in sitting position.  But in this temple he can seen standing and with Niluvunamaalu (generally Vaishnavas wear a vertical mark on the forehead).
  • Vedanarayana Swamy is also called Prayogachakradhari.
  • Generally no Vaishnava temple has Navagrahalu.  But here Navagrahalu can be seen on the upper part of Mahadwara.

Amarkantak…. Driving directions and Road map to Amarkantak from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Amarkantak…. Driving directions and Road map to Amarkantak from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Amarkantak

This is the birth place of Narmada devi.  This is a holy place for Hindus.  This place is in the midst of dense forests and mountains.  To reach this place one has to cross a forest named ‘Achankar Marg’Kapil Dhara and Doodh Dhara waterfalls are situated here.  The atmosphere here is very pleasant.  Facilities are provided for trekking.

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