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Temples & Legends of Himachal Pradesh
Index Of Himachal Pradesh Author
Introduction Background
Kulu - Manali Shyama Kali Temple
Manali Mandi
The Ardhanari Temple, Mandi Buddha Temple
Bijli Mahadev Idol Worship
Hidimba Banasur
Basishta Chamba
Kangra Area Manikaran
Bajreshwari Devi Chintpurni Devi Temple
Baijnath Temple Baglamukhi Deity And Her Temple
Chamunda Nandikeshwar Bilasur
Kinnaur Lahul   And Spiti
Wall Paintings Sirmur
Nath Temple  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




The temple located on a small spur on the Dharamsala - Simla road at a distance of about 20 Kms. from the Jwala Mukhi Road Railway Station attracts lacs of pilgrims every year. No idol is located in the temple but only the flames, which come out from the crevices of the rock, are worshipped. They are natural jus of combustible gas.

There is a small platform in front Of the temple and there is a big mandap where a huge bell of brass is hung presented by the King of Nepal. Usually milk and water are offered and the ahutis (oblations) are offered to the sacred flames in the pit situated in the centre of the temple in between the floor pillars supporting the roof.

The deity is- offered Bhog of Rabri (thickened milk), Misri (candy), seasonal fruits, milk and arti is done. There is a mystic Yantar (diagram) of the goddess, which is covered with, shawls, ornaments etc. and mantras are recited. The puja has different 'phases' and goes on practically the whole day. Arti is done five times in the day.

Havan is performed once daily and portions of Durga Saptasati is recited. Maharaja Ranjit Singh paid a visit to the temple in 1815 and the dome of the temple was gold-plated by him. Just a few feet above the Jwalamukhi temple there is a six-feet deep pit with a circumference of about three feet. At the bottom of this pit there is another small pit about one and a half feet deep with hot water bubbling all the time. There is a story about these pits devoutly repeated to the pilgrims.

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