|Jwaladevi Temple |
Jwala Mukhi Temple
ज्वाला देवी मन्दिर
|Creator||King Udit Narayan Singh|
Jwaladevi Temple (ज्वालादेवी मन्दिर) is located in Shaktinagar which is 119 km from Robertsganj in Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh. The Jwaladevi temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwala Ji . This is an age old Ashtagrih temple of Jwala Devi & one of the 51 Shaktipeethas of India. The old temple is believed to be 1000 years old. The old temple was constructed by Raja Udit Narayan Singh of Gaharwal village. The new temple has been built replacing the old one. Here the tongue of Devi Sati is worshipped.
The Idol of the main deity is located in the Sanctum Sanctorum (central place of the temple). The old black stone idol which was in the old temple has been installed along with other deities surrounding the main idol. It is believed that people offer their tongue as offerings here after their wishes are fulfilled.
The puja of the temple is being regularly performed by the priests whose family has been doing it for last 12 generations. Presently there are 12 priests involved in performing the routine puja at this temple. Jawalamukhi cave is located at a distance of 1 km from the temple. It is said that the cave had three openings earlier but presently the cave is filled with water of a spring and has only a single opening.
How to reach
Accessed by road from Robertsganj via Renukut- Shaktinagar road through SH-5 & NH-75, frequent bus service is available from Robertsganj and Varanasi.
Nearest railway station is Shaktinagar which is well connected by rail to all the major cities of India.