Jwalamukhi Temple is one of the 51 total Shakti Peethas in India. Jwalamukhi Temple is located at 35 km south of Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Jwalamukhi Temple is a renowned temple of ‘Goddess Jwala Devi’ with the flaming mouth. Jwala Devi is also known as ‘Flaming Goddess’. You can feel the religious aura in the premises of Jwalamukhi Temple. Dome of the Jwalamukhi Temple is made of gold. The main door of Jwalamukhi Temple is plated with silver. A Huge brass bell which was gifted by the King of Nepal, adds a marvelous look to this holy shrine. Jwalamukhi Temple is a well-known pilgrimage of the Hindus and people from all over the world visit this holy shrine of ‘Jwalamukhi Devi‘. Although devotees come to visit this temple in a large number every day during Navaratri, Jwalamukhi Temple gets filled with uncountable devotees. Jwalamukhi Temple is a site of Cultural Heritage and our Government manages it.
Many people have tried to know the fact behind the flames in Jwalamukhi Temple, but no one got an answer about it. It is believed that Goddess Jwala Devi is present in Jwalamukhi Temple in the form of burning flames. There are nine flames which are named as Mahakali, Annapurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhya Vasini, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi respectively. There is a pit in which the burning flames are. Offerings are made to Goddess in that pit.
There are several stories related to this holy shrine. A story of Dhyanu Bhagat is quite famous among the devotees. Dhyanu Bhagat was a great devotee of Maa Durga. He spread the name of Devi Mata a lot. Once, Dhyanu Bhagat decided to go to Jwalamukhi Temple with other devotees. Akbar ordered him to be present in his court. Akbar wanted to know the nature of Goddess Jwala Devi. Dhyanu Bhagat told Akbar that Jwala Devi is a very powerful goddess and she answers to the prayers of her devotees. Akbar wanted to test the power of Jwala Devi, so he cut the head of Dhyanu Bhagat’s horse and ordered him to ask the Goddess to put it again. As a great devotee, Dhyanu Bhagat went to Jwalamukhi Temple and prayed to Maa Jwala Devi continuously for hours. Then, he cut his own head and offered it to Maa Jwala Devi. After that, Maa Jwala Devi appeared in front of him on the lion. Maa Jwala Devi again connected the head of Dhyanu Bhagat and also of the horse.
Maa Jwala Devi offered a boon to Dhyanu Bhagat. Dhyanu Bhagat requested to Maa Jwala Devi that if pilgrims want to show their devotion then it should not be so difficult. Maa Jwala Devi blessed him and said that in future if devotees will offer coconut, she will accept them and will consider as they have given their own head. Since then, people from all over the world offer coconuts to Goddess. When Akbar got to know that the head of the horse is connected again, He visited the temple of Maa Jwala Devi. Akbar tried to vanquished the flames by water channel which was constructed by him. But flames did not vanquish and it made Akbar humiliated. Akbar also became a devotee of Maa Jwala Devi. He also presented a Chattra (umbrella) made of gold to Maa Jwala Devi but very soon his present of gold was turned into copper. It is believed that Maa Jwala Devi did not accept the present from Akbar.
One should visit this holy shrine to get the blessing of Maa Jwala Devi. The best time to visit Jwalamukhi Temple is considered between September and October because of the Navaratri celebrations which held there.