India-The country known for its infinite number of miracles and unsolved mysterious from the times of Ancient period is what gets that pride to our country. Among those numerous unusual and unheard shrines in India, have you heard of this temple which has no statue placed in it nor an idol worshipped?? The temple is worshipped of a “Flame” which burns Independently since ages without Oil or any kind of support!!
The “Jwalamukhi Temple” of Himachal Pradesh is dedicated to “Jwala Devi” (a form of goddess), who is presiding in the form of flames. Due to this fact, the goddess is also referred as the ‘Flaming Goddess’. Pandavas are also said to have visited this place and contributed towards the construction of the temple.
Situated 35 km south of Kangra valley in the town of Jwalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh, the temple is dedicated to Jwalamukhi- the Goddess of Light, is among the 51 total Shakti Peethas in India. The temple is situated overlooking the Dhauladhar range and set amidst undulating hills.
Built on a wooden platform in the Indo-Sikh style of Architecture, the structural design of the temple is simple, but the religious aura makes it undoubtedly divine. The dome and spire of this temple are covered with Gold. The main door of the shrine is plated with silver. In front of the main shrine, there is a huge brass bell that was presented by the King of Nepal.
Tales behind the Origin..
According to Hindu Scriptures, when Lord Vishnu cut through the corpse of Sati, her tongue fell off the corpse at this site at the time of self-sacrifice. Thus, Jwalamukhi refers to the deity with the flaming mouth. Ever since the Goddess occupied the place and she manifested in nine flames. After years, one fine day it was Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch, a resident of Kangra who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga, dreamt of this holy place.
He sent his men to locate the place. With the grace of the Goddess, the site was found and Raja started constructing a temple. However, the construction of this temple was completed in the 19th century, when Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his son, Kharak Singh, donated the Gold and Silver for the dome and door respectively.
To add to your surprise, this temple has nine ceaseless flames and each flame is named uniquely as Mahakali, Annapurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhya Vasini, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi respectively.
Legendary Tale associated with Akbar..
The history of the Jwalamukhi Temple reveals that the Mughal emperor Akbar was also associated with this temple and the Flaming Goddess. If you are wondering how, as every Mughal ruler is known for trying and testing the authenticity of Indian treasure and its roots, Akbar had also tried to test the relevance of this Flame.
During the ruling period of Akbar, he learned about the legends of Jwalamukhi. In a fit of anger, he tried to test the flames with a stream of water. The great power of the Goddess, still kept the flames burning. Realizing the power of Jwala Devi, Akbar came with his army to this temple. He brought a Gold Umbrella for the Goddess, but on offering, the umbrella turned into an unknown metal suggesting that the Goddess did not accept his offering.
People in earlier times have tried to explore the fact behind these burning flames without any form of source, but nothing substantial was made out by any of these findings. However, it was concluded that these flames are burning due to some natural jets of combustible gas, which is making the flames burn and never stop.
Source: Indian Mirror