Sundha Mata Temple
|Sundha Mata Temple|
|Proper name:||Sundha Mata temple|
|Architecture and culture|
|Primary deity:||Chamunda Devi|
Sundha Mata temple is about 900 years old temple of Mother goddess situated on a hilltop called 'Sundha', located at Longitude 72.367°E and Latitude 24.833°N, in Jalore District of Rajasthan. It is 64 km from Mount Abu and 20 km from the town of Bhinmal.
At 1220 m height in the Aravalli ranges there on Sundha mountain is temple of goddesses Chamunda Devi, a very sacred place for devotees. It is 105 km from district headquarters and 35 km. from sub divisional Bhinmal. This place lies in Raniwara Teshil in the mid-east of Malwara to Jaswantpura Road near Dantlawas village.
Many tourists from Gujarat and Rajasthan visit it. The environment here is fresh and attractive. The waterfalls flow whole year and the hotel at the valley made in yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer attracts everyone.
Sundha temple is made up of white marble, the pillars reminds the art of Abus’s Dilwara temple pillars. A very beautiful idol of goddess Chamunda is present under the huge stone. Here Chamunda’s head is worshipped. It is said that the trunk of mother Chamunda are established in Korta and legs in Sundarla Pal (Jalore). In front of mother Chamunda a BhurBhuva Swaweshwar Shivling is established. In the main temple duo idol of Shiva and Parvati Ganesh’s idol are considered very old and extinct.
In the temple premises there are three historically significant inscriptions that highlight the history of the region. First inscription is from AD 1262, which describes victory of Chauhans and downfall of Parmaras. The second inscription is from 1326, and the third one is from 1727.
The Sundha inscriptions are of peculiar importance in historical sense—like the Harishen inscription or Delhi’s Mehrulli pillar inscription. Sundha inscriptions throw light on the history of India.
There is a wildlife sanctuary nearby covering an area of 107 square kilometers. Nearest KHODESWAR MHADEV in JAWIYA forest area is aloso wonder wild life & natural spot IN the sanctuary SOLTH BEAR Blue -bull, jungle cat, Desert fox, striped hyena, hanuman langoor, Vulture, owl, Indian porcupine, rock &jungle Bush Quail & Spotted dove and 120 species of birds
In the climbing place a big hotel is made by the Trust that is quite a destination for visitors to rest during the night and enjoy the scenery of the mountain.
Recently, Ropeway service has been started to climb Sundha mountain, to make the journey easier for pilgrims, making it a memorable experience. Ropeway (Udan Khatola) to the temple — first in Rajasthan — is ready, Rs 75 for both ways.