Fulfill your wishes at Jayanthi Devi temple

PixOne 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.

Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi, who is one of the most prominent and widely-worshipped Hindu female deities, is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility.

Lakshmi’s four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, “kama” or desires, “artha” or wealth, and “moksha” or liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her gain wealth.

Lakshmi invariably wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity. Lakshmi is the active energy of Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan – Lakshmi accompanying Vishnu.

Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one’s dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.

The importance attached to the presence of Lakshmi in every household makes her an essentially domestic deity. Householders worship Lakshmi for the well being and prosperity of the family. Businessmen and women also regard her equally and offer her daily prayers.

On the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Puja, Hindus worship Lakshmi ceremonially at home, pray for her blessings, and invite neighbors to attend the puja. It is believed that on this full moon night the goddess herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants with wealth. A special worship is also offered to Lakshmi on the auspicious Diwali night.

Large Statues of Buddha in India

Lord Buddha

Lord Buddha

Although India is country where Hindus are in large number but in idol worship Buddhist are not behind. They have built many sculptures of Buddha in India. In India, Bodh Gaya is famous as the holiest place of Buddhists. This is the place where Lord Buddha planted the seed of Buddhism, through his teachings and preaching. Thus, it can be said that in Indian statues Buddha has large amount of sharing.

For two millions of people in the world, Buddhism is the religion. The word Buddhism is originated from the world “budhhi” that means “to wake up”. Buddhism was originated about 2500 years ago, when “Buddha”, also known as, Siddhartha Gotama was enlightened. Buddha got knowledge or awakened at the age of 35. Presently there are 8 million Buddhists in India. From which there are somewhere 58.3% people belong to Maharashtra, in Karnataka there are 3.9 lakh Buddhist, in Uttar Pradesh there are 3.0 lakh Buddhists and so on.

There are many large statues of God and Goddess in India but the statues of Buddha has covered a large place in India. There are several cities that have big statues of Buddha such as,

1)      Kagyu Monestry (Dehradun): A large statue of standing Lord Buddha is located in Kagyu Monestry in Dehradun. Height of this statue is 107ft.

2)      Rajgir (Bihar): A very beautiful statue of Buddha is located in Rajgir, Bihar. This statue of Buddha is in sitting posture. Buddha lived here for several years and spread his teaching.

3)      Bodhgaya (Bihar): This statue is of 80 ft, this statue is built by 120000 stone masons. This is another statue of Lord Buddha, which is in sitting posture. This sculpture took many years to get completed.

4)      Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh): This statue of Buddha is 18 metres high, and its weight is near about 350 tons, this is one of the tallest statues of Buddha. This statue is a single marble of white colour. This statue is the main source of attraction of tourist of Secunderabad and Hyderabad, because there is a common link between these two cities i.e. Hussain Sagar, where this statue is located.

5)      Belum Caves (Andhra Pradesh): Jains and Buddhists monks from many years live in the cave of Belam. Near the cave, there is a hillock, where a big statue of Buddha is located.

6)      Bojjanakonda (Andhra Pradesh): A very beautiful statue of Lord Buddha is in Andhra Pradesh, this is a rock cut image. Bojjanakonda is near Anakapalle of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. In the district of Andhra Pradesh, it is one of the two hillocks near Anakapalle. Both of the places have fine-looking caves with stunning rock cuts. It has many monolithic stupas, these images are too old, and it is believed that it is built between 4th A.D to 9th A.D.

7)      Norbulingka (Himachal Pradesh): A stunning Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. In Norbulingka Institute there is a spiritual centre- Deden Tsuglagkhang Temple, in which an image of Buddha Shakyamuni is located. This image is of golden colour, it is made up of copper statue.

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Large Sculptures of The Monkey God Hanuman

Lord HanumanAccording to Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman was the reincarnation of the Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman helped the Lord Ram in his journey against evil. In Hindu mythology, Hanuman is one of the most idolised deities. Hanuman is always worshiped as an icon of physical potency, persistence and loyalty.

The monkey god, Hanuman is worshiped on Tuesdays (the most preferred day) but some time on Saturdays also. There are many disciples of Hanumana, who keep fast in his honour and give special offering to him. Hanuman is worshipped by those men who strictly follow celibacy, as he was a brahmachari (a person who follows celibacy). In Hindu culture, it is famous that, by chanting the name of Hanuman or by singing his hymn i.e. Hanuman Chalisa, one can easily get over his troubles and problems. Some of the people also start decreeing “Bajrang Bali ki jai” (Victory to thy thunderbolt strength) when they are in trouble, as it is believed that Hanuman helps the person in trouble and provides strength to fight. He is a perfect yogi, who has a lot of strengths. He has perfect strength and devotion power.

Hanuman is among the most famous Gods, there are millions of his disciples. He is worshiped by several people. His statutes are world famous. Some of the beautiful and famous images of Hanuman are mentioned below:

1)      Hyderabad: In India the tallest image of Hanuman is made by a foreign sculptor. Rio De Janeiro made the tallest statue of Hanuman. This is the tallest statue in the world. This statue is 135 feet tall and this statue is located in Paritala which is located somewhere 240 km away from the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. This statue is famous by the name of Veera Abhaya Anjaneya.

2)      Nandura: In the town of Maharashtra, Nandura, a very famous image of Hanuman is located, which is 105 ft high. This town is close to the national highway, this can be seen from there also because of its magnificent height. It feels gigantic to look at the sculpture, which is 32 metres tall.

3)      Shimla: Image of Hanuman in Shimla is built recently; this image was completed in 2010. This statue is of 108 ft high. This beautiful image of Hanuman can be seen from various hill parts of Shimla, this statue boosts tourism in Himachal Pradesh. This place is famous in legends, as it is believed that Acharya Drona asked about the magical herb i.e. Sanjiveeni Buti.

4)      Shahjahanpur: A famous Murti of Hanuman is in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. This image is 32 meters high i.e. 104 ft high. This is a standing image of Hanuman.

5)      Amritsar: In the Ram Tirath Temple of Hanuman of magnificent and big statue of Hanuman is beautifully carved. This statue is in the state of Punjab, India. Hanuman’s statue in this temple is 80 ft high (24.5 metres).

6)      Rourkela: Hanuman Vatika is in Rourkela, in the state of Orissa, India. Here, image of hanuman is 23 metres high (75 feet).

Raja Ravi Verma & His Pretty Women

Born in the state of Travancore way back in 1848, Raja Ravi Verma was an artist who was known for his exemplary pieces of art not only throughout India, but internationally too! Most popularly known for his portrayal of a series of Sari-clad graceful Indian women, he was one of the first Indian painters to have won an award at the Vienna Art Exhibition.

asd1Mostly based on Hindu epics & mythology, Raja Ravi Verma’s classic oil paintings depict various characters like Hindu Goddesses in realistic settings, following styles of European academic art. Important portrait commissions from noble members of the Indian aristocracy & British officials have proved his worth as one of the most famed portrait artists of India. His fluid portrayal of characters unmistakably added grace & elegance to the personality of the subject, while lending vibrant warmth to the painting as a whole. He worked widely with various impactful & touching stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata & other Indian classics and created pieces that were ripe with expressions, rich in textures & throbbing with life!

asd1Raja Ravi Verma’s women are one of the most iconic & popular characters of art even in the 21st century. He painted South Indian women in a form so elegant, graceful & pretty, that the emotions & beauty in the paintings were almost tangible. The Ravi Verma women, whom the artist had lovingly & diligently created through his brush & oils, have been depicted, filled with emotions, sentimentality & a surrounding so real, yet full of stories. The quintessential sari-clad Ravi Verma heroine can be seen gracing framed wall art, calendars, souvenirs, books, bags and many other products all around us even today.

Raja Ravi Verma was one of the foremost pioneers to have held the shining beacon of Indian art high even outside the country and his works have been successful in keeping him alive in the heart of every art-loving Indian.

Story of Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple in GuwahatiAlso known as Shakti Peeth, Kamakhya Temple located in Guwahati, Assam in northeastern part of India, is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for the Hindus, especially for Tantric worshipers. It is believed that if someone visits Assam, he must pay a vist to this temple.

Nestled in the Nilachal Hill of the Capital of Assam, the temple houses the primary deity Kamakhya, in stone architecture. There are altogether six stone temples here. The temple can be dated back to thousands of years back but the current stone sculpture was re-built during 1564-63 by Chilarai, a great warrior of eastern India.

The main temple is dedicated to Kamakhya Devi and the whole structure it is a complex of individual temples dedicated to ten Mahavidyas: Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari and Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala. Among them Tripurasundari, Matangi and Kamala reside inside the main temple whereas the other seven reside in individual temples.

The most sacred part of the temple is the inner sanctorum, the garbhagriha. It is a cave below ground level and is small, dark and reached by narrow steep stone steps. Inside the cave there is a piece of stone that slopes downwards from both sides meeting in a yoni-like depression some 10 inches deep. This hallow is constantly filled with water from an underground perennial spring. It is the vulva-shaped depression that is worshiped as the goddess Kamakhya herself and considered as most important pitha (abode) of the Devi.

The garbhaghrihas of the other temples also follow the same structure—a yoni-shaped stone, filled with water and below ground Garbhaghrihaslevel.

It is not possible to trace the original structure of the temple. But the present structure was built during the rule of Ahom dynasty. Remnants of the earlier Koch temple were also preserved.

Temple was destroyed during the middle of second millennium and revised temple structure was constructed in 1565 by Chilarai of the Koch dynasty.

The current structure has a beehive-like shikhara with sculptured panels and images of Ganesha and other Hindu gods and goddesses.

Out of the three major chambers of the temple, the western chamber is large and rectangular and is not used by the general pilgrims for worship. The middle chamber is a square, with a small idol of the Goddess, which is a later addition. The walls of this chamber contain sculpted images of Naranarayana, related inscriptions and other gods.

The middle chamber leads to the sanctum sanctorum.

Ambubachi Mela is the most prominent festival celebrated in the temple, when the menstruation of the Goddess Kamakhya is celebrated. During this time, (in July) the water in the main shrine runs red with iron oxide resembling menstrual fluid.

The Kalika Purana, an ancient work in Sanskrit describes Kamakhya as the yielder of all desires, the young bride of Shiva, and the giver of salvation. Shakti is also known as Kamakhya.

Vatsayana, a Sage in Varanasi during the first Century was approached by the King in the Himalayan region (now Nepal) to find a solution to convert the tribal population and their rituals of human sacrifice to a more socially-accepted worship. Vatsayana suggested the worship of Tara, a tantric goddess.

According to the Kalika Purana, Kamakhya Temple denotes the spot where Sati used to retire in secret to satisfy her amour with Shiva, and it was also the place where her yoni fell after Shiva danced with the corpse of Sati.

This is not corroborated in the Devi Bhagavata, which lists 108 places associated with Sati’s body, though Kamakhya finds a mention in a supplementary list. The Yogini Tantra, a latter work, ignores the origin of Kamakhya given in Kalika Purana and associates Kamakhya with the goddess Kali and emphasizes the creative symbolism of the yoni.


Kamakhya Temple festivalAs a key centre for Tantra worship, Kamakhya temple attracts tens of thousands of tantra devotees during the Ambubachi Mela. Another annual celebration is the Manasha Puja. Durga Puja is also celebrated annually at Kamakhya during Navaratri in the autumn. This five-day festival attracts several thousand visitors. Pilgrims from all over South Asia pay their visit to the temple.

According to the legend, this is actually place where the female genitals, uterus, of Sati dropped when the Almighty Vishnu dissected her human body to force grief-stricken the Almighty Shiva in order to come out and about of the pain as well as carry out his celestial responsibilities.

Up to date Kamakhya Temple timings are as follows

5:30 AM: Snana of the Pithasthana.

6:00 AM: Nitya puja.

8:00 AM: Temple door open for devotees.

1:00 PM:  Temple door closed for cooked offerings to the goddess followed by distribution among the devotees.

2:30 PM: Temple door reopens for the devotees.

5:30 PM: Aarati of Goddess followed by closing of the temple door for the night.

How to Reach: The Kamakhya temple is about 20km from the Guwahati airport and is about 6km from the railway station. From the airport as well as from the railway station cars are easily available for rent. So, devotees can hire cars for a trip to Kamakhya.

Shivkhori: Where nature meets spiritualism

In many ways, a darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is incomplete without paying a visit to the popular Shivkhori shrine located in Reasi district of Jammu & Kashmir where you can feast your eyes with a natural spectacle in the form of a Shivlingum. One of the most venerated cave shrines of Lord Shiva in the region, the Holy cave is more than 150 metres long and houses four feet high Svayambhu Lingam. There are stalactites and stalagmites dripping milky limestone water. Shivkhori is considered second only to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.shivkhori-1

To the left of Shivling, Parvati is symbolized by impression of Her Holy feet. Kartikeya is also seen in left of Shivlingam. At nearly 2.5 feet above, five headed Ganesha is standing. There are some natural impression and images of various Hindu gods and goddesses. That is why Shivkhori is known as “Home of Gods”.

The cave is located in Ransoo village of Tehsil Reasi in Udhampur District in Jammu region. Vehicles go up to village Ransoo, surrounded by lush green mountains. Pilgrims have to negotiate about 3-km track from Ransoo on foot. The Shivkhori Shrine can be approached by road from Katra, Udhampur and Jammu. The village is around 130 km from Jammu and 80 km from Katra, the latter incidently being the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi.

For a tourist, the route from Jammu to Shiv Khori is full of breathtaking mountains, waterfalls and some cool lakes. Your tired soul will automatically get rejuvenated and refreshed by the picturesque beauty of nature. Your heart will swim in the holy water of spiritualism at Shivkhori.

shiv-khori-2 The roof of the cave is engraved with snake like formations with water dripping through these in the cave. ‘Three pronged lance’ depicting the Trident (Trishul) of Lord Shiva and ‘Six Mouthed Sheshnaga’ are also manifest on the roof of the cave. Devotees believe that the main part of that cave roof has round cutting mark reflecting the construction of cave by Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu.

Shiv Khori festival is celebrated on the eve of Maha Shivratri every year. Lakhs of pilgrims from different parts of the country visit this Cave Shrine to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.

In view of the growing number of pilgrims visiting the cave during Maha Shivratri Mela, the Shiv Khori Shrine Board has taken up a slew of measures to provide better amenities for them.

The state government also keeps a regular check on the langers operating during the festival days for ensuring better eating facilities to the pilgrims and proper security arrangements for the pilgrims coming to take part in Shiv Khori Festival.

The Legend

There is an interesting legend about the cave. Thousands of years ago, a demon called Bhashmasur was in deep and rigorous meditation on Lord Shiv and finally he got a boon from the Lord that he would possess the power to end anybody’s life by keeping his hand on his head. Once he received such a powerful boon, the demon became so ambitious that he wanted to kill Lord Shiva. The Lord Shiva had to escape along with Parvati and Nandi cow to safety.

While on the move, Shiva halted at a place near Shivkhori for rest. But the demon was following him closely and started fighting with Lord Shiva. Even after a dreadful battle the Lord Shiva decided not to kill Bhashmasur so as to keep dignity of his own blessings.

Then Shiva threw his trident (Trishul) to create the famous Cave of Shiv Khori. The design of the entrance allowed only Lord Shiva and Parvati and Nandi cow to enter this cave leaving the demon out side.shivkhori

Following this, Lord Vishnu in the guise of a lady, came and seduce the demon to dance to her steps. An intoxicated Bhashmasur started following each move of the dance as dictated by Lord Vishnu. Then Lord Vishnu made an ultimate move by keeping one hand on the head. The demon also did likewise. And the end came fast and quick. Lord Vishnu along with other deities then entered the Holy cave.

Legends say that 33 crores deities have manifested in this Holy cave in shape of pindies. The views of natural impression & images of Hindu Deities is a fascinating sight inside the cave.

How to reach

You can reach this holy cave by train, road and also by air. The most convenient option for pilgrims would be to reach Katara railway station in Jammu. Taxis and buses are available from Jammu to reach Ransoo. Another option is to reach Udhampur by Train and then take road journey from Udhamur to Ransoo. Ransoo is located on the Reasi-Rajouri Road and is well connected with Katra, Jammu and other cities of Jammu & Kashmir.