is 34-km from Kangra and 56 km from Dharamsala.
Recognised as one of the 51 Shaktipiths of India,
Jwalamukhi's Devi Temple, tended by the followers of
Goraknath, is set against a cliff. The picturesque
temple, built against a wooded spur, in the Indo-Sikh
style, has a dome that was gilded by Mughal Emperor
eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock
in the sanctum is considered the manifestation of the
goddess Devi. During March-April and September-October
every year colourful fairs are held during the Navaratra
LEGEND OF JWALAMUKHI
is a famous temple of goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of
flaming mouth, built over some natural jets of
combustible gas, believed to be the manifestation of the
Goddess. The building is modern with a gilt dome and
pinnacles, and possesses a beautiful folding door of
gaze of the Dhauladhar range and set amidst the
undulating hills that character sub-Himalayan Himachal
Sati's tongue is believed to have fallen at Jwalamukhi
and the goddess is manifest as tiny flames that burn a
flawless blue through fissures in the age old rock.
Bhumi Chand Katoch of Kangra, a great devotee of goddess
Durga, dreamt of the sacred place and the Raja set
people to find out the whereabouts of the site. The site
was traced and the Raja built a temple. The burning
flames and the complex have come to be known as
temple located on a small spur on the Dharamsala-Shimla
road at a distance of about 20-kms from the Jwalamukhi
Road Railway Station attracts lakhs 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 jets of combustible
a small platform in front of the temple and a(check
usage) big mandap where a huge brass bell presented by
the King of Nepal is hung. Usually milk and water are
offered and the ahutis or 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.
is- offered Bhog of Rabri or thickened milk, Misri or
candy, seasonal fruits, milk and arti is done. There is
a mystic Yantar or diagram of the goddess, which is
covered with, shawls, ornaments 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" are recited.
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
Nagini Mata: The site of a fair held in the months of
July/August, this place is located on the hill above
Temple: Popularly known as
'Tera' mandir, it stands at a tilt after the earthquake
of 1905. Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita are said to have
stayed here and the first temple is supposed to have
been built by the Pandavas.
Temple: This ancient
temple has a stone image of the eight-armed goddess and
other smaller shrines adjoin this.
connected with the glory of Kangra's erstwhile rulers,
there are numerous old temples and remains of a couple
of old palaces here.
is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a huge
and Mahakalehwar: By the
banks of the river Beas and closely associated with the
exile of the Pandavas are these two sacred places,
situated within a few hundred metres of each other.
Here at the Baglamata temple there is a stone image of
the goddess. At the nearby Shiv temple is a 'linga' said
to have been placed by the Pandavas.
There are numerous attractive temples and an old fort
located over here.
Mangarh: On a top of a hill is this octagonal fort named
after Raja Mam Chand