Jwalamukhi is a town in kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This place is famous for Jwalamukhi Devi Temple. This site was traced and built a temple at this place by Raja Bhumi Chand. There are 51 Shakti Peethas in India. This temple is one of those Shakti Peethas. Jwalamukhi is also known as Maha Sakthi Peetham. According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that Sati Devi’s tongue fell here. Pandavas also visited this place.
What to see in Jwalamukhi:
Jwalamukhi Temple: Flame is worshipped as Goddess Jwalamukhi. To form a flawless blue flame, temple priests lit the natural gas which comes into the temple through Copper pipe. Some people believe that Jwalamukhi represents flaming mouth of Jalandhara. He was a demon crushed to death by Lord Shiva. Flames burn continuously. 9 flames named after Goddess. Names of those Goddesses are Anji Devi, Ambika, Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi, Basni, Vidhya, Hinglaj, Chandi, Annapurna and Mahakali. 9 different flames can be seen inside the temple.
This temple was designed and constructed in modern style by Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch of Kangra. He discovered this site after he got a dream of this sacred place. He is a great devotee of Goddess Durga. Temple is having beautiful flooding door. This is made up of silver plates. Temple is having a dome which is made up of Gold. Before entering into the hall, small platform can be seen. This consists of huge brass bell hangs. It was gifted by King of Nepal.
Another attraction near this temple is musical fountain. To test the originality, Emperor Akbar came to this place. He tried to off the flame by pouring water but due to the great power of Goddess flames are burning. From then Akbar became great devotee of this Goddess. He offered gold umbrella to Goddess.
What to see around Jwalamukhi:
Chintpurni: It is one of 51 Shakti Peethas which is located 31kms away from Jwalamukhi. People believe that Goddess will remove all the troubles. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chinnamasta Devi.
Ashtabhuja Temple: This is located 11kms away from the town. It is one of the most ancient temples of India. Devotees can see 8 armed stone image of Goddess.
Shri Raghunathji temple: This is situated 5kms away from the town. It is believed that this is the first temple built by Pandavas. Rama, Sita and Laxmana Stayed in this place earlier.
Chaumukha: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visitors can see four faced image of Lord Shiva which is most beautiful. It is located 22kms away from the town.
Kangra: This is the best place for trekking lovers. It is located 35kms away from the town. Major attractions of this place are Al Hilal, Naam Art Gallery, Brijeswari Temple, Baijnath Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple.
Getting to Jwalamukhi: Only way to reach this place is through Road way. From Delhi, kangra buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Kangra Mandir but all the trains do not halt at this place. Nearest railway head is at Pathankot which is 85kms away from the town. Dharmasala airport is the nearest airport which is 40kms away from Jwalamukhi.
Getting around Jwalamukhi: Buses, Taxis and Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Jwalamukhi.
Best time to visit Jwalamukhi: Visitors can come to this place throughout the year. Best time to visit this place in the months of September and October as during that time Navratri celebrates very grandly.
Where to stay in Jwalamukhi: Only limited hotels are available in Jwalamukhi. Only Budget and midrange hotels are available. All range of hotels is available in Kangra.
Where to eat in Jwalamukhi: Eateries are very limited in Jwalamukhi. Plenty of restaurants are available in kangra.