One of the oldest temples in Haryana, Jayanthi Devi temple in Jind district attracts devotees every year due to its serenity and sheer devotion. In fact, the city itself is derived its name from the temple. The huge building of the temple is located on a beautiful hillock of the Shiwalik ranges and surrounded by rich greenery all over. Surrounded by beautiful fields on either side of the road leading to the temple, the entrance of the temple is a huge gate with a water tank right in front of the gate and a small park.
Adorned by the quaint beauty of the Shivalik Hills, the Jayanti Devi Temple of Haryana is just a 13 km driveway from Chandigarh. The origin of the Temple is quite interesting. It is believed that the actual Temple of Jayanti Devi was in Himachal Pradesh whereas the Pindi of Devi was found in Chandigarh.
The ever flowing Jayanti River on the bank of the temple adds a serene aura of magnificence to the spiritual surroundings. The original Jayanti Devi Temple located in Himachal Pradesh was considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage places.
According to one anecdote, inspired by the bliss of Goddess Jayanti, the devotees in Punjab decided to build a similar shrine in the state. Accordingly, few enthusiastic followers went to Himachal Pradesh and brought back the holy Pindi of the Devi to Chandigarh. Subsequently, the famous Jayanti Devi Temple was built near Chandigarh to worship the sacred Pindi.
Jayanti Devi is a very sensitive and benevolent goddess who fulfills the wishes of her devotees. She is one of the seven sisters, the seven goddesses of the Kangra Valley — Naina Devi, Jwalaji, Chintpurni, Mansa Devi, Brajeshwari, Chamunda Devi and Jayanti Devi.
As a mark of reverence to Mata Jayanti Devi, the people in Jayanti Majri restrict the construction of their houses to only a single storey. An ancient well at the base of the temple provides sweet water throughout the year, which is also the source of water for the temple. The breathtaking view of the valley from the temple will keep you spell bound.
Presently, the temple is located 15 km from Chandigarh in Ropar district of Punjab. At the foothill lies the village Jayanti Majri that owes its existence and name to the temple, on the left bank of a seasonal stream Jayanti Rao.
Devotees visit the temple in large number during a grand fair held here on full moon day in February and a small fair in August with a gathering of approximately 1.5 lakh people from across the country and abroad.
During Navratri, tens of thousands of devotees gather in the temple to participate in the grand celebration of the temple. The temple is managed by the priest’s family and the native villagers. The only source of aid to the temple is the contributions offered by the devotees.
The Jayanthi Devi temple was originally built by the Pandavas dedicated to the Goddess Jayanthi (the Goddess of victory) and the place was known as Jaintapuri.
In due course of time, Jaintapuri became Jind. The present temple is believed to have been built about 550 years ago during the Mughal era.
There was a small estate called Hathnaur (a part of Chandigarh now). The king of the small kingdom had 22 brothers. One of them was married to the daughter of the king of Kangra. The princess was a great devotee of Mata Jayanti Devi — the mother goddess of the clan — since her childhood. The princess used to worship the goddess every morning before performing her other activities.
When her marriage was fixed she was upset fearing separation from her deity. She prayed and conveyed her grief and remorse to the goddess. Mata Jayanti Devi was moved by the deep devotion of the princess. She appeared in her dreams and promised to accompany her wherever she went.
When the marriage party started back from Hathnaur with the bride’s doli, a miracle happened. Suddenly the doli turned so heavy that neither the traditional kahars nor the king’s men could move it. Then, the bride told her father about her dream. The king arranged for another doli, kept the idol in it and sent the goddess with his daughter. The pujari and his family followed the goddess.
The king of Hathnaur established a temple for the Devi on a hillock in his estate. First, the princess and later succeeding generations of the family worshipped the deity for 200 years.
At that time, a robber called Garibu extended his influence on this part of the region, including Mullanpur (now in Ropar). In due course, Garibu captured the Hathnaur estate and started his reign. But, Garibu was a friend of the poor and a great devotee of Mata. He renovated the temple and extended the premises to the present state. The metalled road leading to the temple is lined with wheat or rice fields, keekar, peepal and mango groves. The entrance to the temple is through a huge gate at the base of the hillock. From here about 100 or so easy steps lead up to the temple premises.
Accommodation near Jayanthi Devi Temple
The attraction is located within Jind main town where one can avail many local hotels/guest houses that provide deluxe and economy accommodation.