Jwalamukhi Temple, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
It is believed that Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch of Kangra, who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga, dreamt of the sacred place and set people to trace its whereabouts. After discovering the site, the Raja erected the temple at that very location. The temple was built in a modern design. Its dome is made from gold and the temple possesses a beautiful folding door made out of silver plates.
A small platform is attached at the front before entering a large mandap (hall) where a huge brass bell. The bell was gifted by the King of Nepal and beautifully adorns the hall. Endlessly burning, the main flame is positioned in a square central pit of hollowed stone. A musical fountain is also situated near this temple.
Legend has it that Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor, visited the temple to test its originality after he was made aware of the legend. Akbar tried to douse the flames with a stream of water, but to his surprise, the great power of the Goddess still kept the flames burning.
Acknowledging the power of Jwala Devi, Akbar took his army to the temple and offered a gold umbrella (Chatra) for the Goddess, but soon after offering the dome, the umbrella turned into copper suggesting that the Goddess declined his offering. Akbar became a devotee of the Goddess with utmost humility. Today, the stream of water drips into a tank within the temple premis
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