Jawalamukhi temple is situated 30 km from Kangra. It lies between 31.88°N and 76.32°E. The altitude of Jawalamukhi temple is 2,001 feet.
About Jawalamukhi Temple
Jawalamukhi temple is famous hindu temple in northern region. The Jawalamukhi temple is regarded as a Maha Shakti Peeth. It is believed that Devi Sati tongue fell at this place. In Jawalamukhi temple there is natural everlasting flames continue to burn.
According to legend a cowherd found that his cow did not give milk. The cowherd followed the cow to find out the reason. The cowherd saw that a little girl come out from forest and drink the cow milk and dissappear. The cowherd told the king whole story. The king was aware that Sati tongue had fallen in this area. The king tried very hard but did not get success. After some years later the cowherd went to the king and report that he had seen a flame burining in the mountains. The king found the place and vision of the holy flame. The king built a temple at this place. There is no idol inside the temple. The goddess is worshipped in the form of flame. The Mughal king Akbar douse the flames but could not succeed. The Mugal king Akbar offered a Gold umbrella to Goddess but the umbrella turned into an unknown metal. The goddess did not accept his offer. The temple was looted and destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1009.
The Jwalamukhi temple as a Shakti Peeth
The shrine is regarded as a Maha Shakti Peetham. It is believed that Sati Devi’s tongue fell here. Shakti Peethas are shrines of Devi, the primodial Mother Goddess. Each Shakti Peetha has a shrine for the Shakti and Bhairava. Siddhida (Ambika)is the Shakti and Unmatta Bhairava is the Kalabhairava. The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati’s self immolation had immense significance in shaping the ancient Sanskrit literature and even had impact on the culture of India. It led to the development of the concept of Shakti Peethas and there by strengthening Shaktism. Enormous mythological stories in puranas took the Daksha yaga as the reason for its origin. It is an important incident in Shaivism resulting in the emergence of Shree Parvati in the place of Sati Devi and making Shiva a grihastashrami (house holder).
How to access
By Air: The nearest airport is at Gaggal which is 46 km away.
By Train: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot which is 123 km away.
By Bus: Jawalamukhi Temple is well connected by roads. buses and Taxis are availabele for Jawalamukhi.
In winter the climate is cold. In summer the temperature is hot.