Jwalamukhi (Goddess Durga) Temple, kangra

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A well-visited Hindu temple in the Shivalik ranges of Himalayas; dedicated to Goddess Durga. A unique temple – there is no idol to worship. An eternally burning, shining, blue flame emanating from a rock sanctum represents the Goddess here.

There are nine other flames around the sanctum, which represent Devi in many forms like Saraswati, Annapoorna, Mahalakshmi, Ambika, etc…

This is one of the Shaktipeetha. Tongue of Goddess Sati fell here.

The temple received the patronage of Mughal emperor Akbar. He tried to extinguish the fire but in vain, became a believer; contributed much to the wealth of the temple.

The present structure owes much to Maharaja Ranjith Singh of Punjab.


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