Throughout the world, every religion has its few very famous places of pilgrimage, which millions of pilgrims visit every day. In India, Maha-Shivratri fair is still running and therefore this post suits very well on this auspicious occasion.
Why I thought of visiting these Maha-Shakti Peethas!
If you read the main title, you would know which Maha-Shakti-Peethas I am talking about. Well, in Hinduism there are 51 Shakti-Peethas, among them, 9 are known as Maha-Shakti Peethas. You might be already knowing that these 9 places are related to the legend of Sati and Shiva.
Jwala ji (or JwalaMukhi) shrines a main eternally(since times immemorial) burning flame, which is the representation of the burning tongue of Sati(A form of Shakti/Parvati).
I am not that much of a religious minded person, rather I aspire to be an spiritualist, but I am always curious to know everything.
The news about the protest by some Hindu fanatics against the Bollywood movie "pK," made me curious to inquire into the events shown in the movie.
I think, Being a Hindu doesn't stop me from inquiring into my own religion i.e. Hinduism, to know whether something is wrong with the way rituals are being followed.
I wanted to know, if the priests of the temples are really that much greedy to not return the money in case money was accidentally fallen into the money box.
I never saw that happening through my own eyes, so I will let that go, because it was just a movie, about an imaginary character from the other world, i.e. an alien, with whom happens some alien events!
Reaching the temple
Well, one line that I didn't like from the movie was " The one who fears, goes to the temple," I will credit that one to the character of the pK himself, a little immature and a little over-acting. Even if the line is true, it was unnecessary and a little irritating to put it into the movie.
On 17th Feb, 2015, being a Shiva-Ratri day, it was a big celebration day for the Shiva followers, and because there are not many famous Shiva temples, around Hamirpur and Kangra, I expected a big crowd at Jwala ji. Deepak Patial, my batchmate at NIT Hamirpur was interested in going along, so we started on my motor bike at around 9:00 AM.
|Main Gate to Jwala Ji Temple, Kangra. H.P|
|Standing in queue for your turn to see the eternal flame burning in the Sanctum at Jwala Ji, Kangra|