Hinglaj Temple- A Hindu Temple Protected by Muslims For Centuries

Situated on the banks of Hingol River in Hinglaj, a town in the Lasbela District of Balochistan, Pakistan, is a famous Hindu cave temple, Hinglaj Temple, which is highly-esteemed equally, for Muslim and Hindu Community. This shrine is considered one of the primary ‘Shaktipeethas’, which were formed as a result of the disintegration of body parts from the corpse of Goddess Sati, the wife of Lord Siva (as per a Hindu legend). The head part (the Brahmarandra part, the location around the top-center part of the head) of the corpse is said to have fallen here and so, its revered as a ‘Shaktipeeth’. This shrine holds large cultural significance as its considered equally significant for Hindus as well as the Muslim community of Balochistan. In fact, its the Muslim community of Balochistan that is said to have been protecting this temple with due respect even after the India-Pakistan division.

While the local Hindus call the site as Devi Mandir/Shaktipeeth, the local Muslim devotees call it ‘Nani Mandir’. The goddess is locally called as ‘Kottari Devi’, and her consort Bhairava as ‘Bhimalochana’. This shrine holds a significant position among the top 51 Shaktipeethas, aaccording to various Hindu historical texts.

Hinglaj devi is the one who is said to have asked Parashurama (the incarnation of Lord Vishnu) to end his persecution of kings (refer to Parashurama Charitra).

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