A Shrine with Holy Flames burning since immemorial

What you read in the headline is true. We are speaking about the Jwala or Jwalamukhi temple in the the lower Himalayas in Jawalamukhi town of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Revered as one of the significant Shaktipeethas, this temple is considered as one of the most ancient temples besides the famous Vaishno Devi temple. The uniqueness here is that ‘flame’ in the cave, which can be seen, represents the goddess, instead of an idol. Interestingly,  Continue reading “A Shrine with Holy Flames burning since immemorial”

Vindhyavasini- A Unique Shaktipeeth of its Kind

Vindhyavasini Temple is located in a place called Vindhyachal, a place near to Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh, India, on the banks of River Ganges. The main deity, Vindhyavasini, derives her name from the place Vindhyachal, referred as the place (hill) the goddess resides in. The history of this temple dates back to Dwaparayuga, during the time of the birth of Lord Krishna. After killing seven sons born to Devaki-Vasudev, who were jailed, the demon king Kamsa is waiting for the birth of Sri Krishna, to kill him to protect self. When Devaki-Vasudev gave birth to Lord Krishna as their eighth child in the jail, on the other side in another place, Nanda-Yashoda also gave birth to a female child, who was later replaced with the male child. Continue reading “Vindhyavasini- A Unique Shaktipeeth of its Kind”