Kaila Devi Temple
A View of Temple
|Festivals||Kaila Devi Annual Fair|
|Creator||Shri Bhom Pal Ji|
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The nearest cities are Karauli (23 km), Gangapur City (34 km) and Hindaun City (58 km). The temple is located on the banks of the Kalisil River, a tributary of the Banas River in the hills of Aravali.
With the blessings of Kaila Devi, the Chandravanshi rulers of Karauli have always maintained a deep connection with the temple.
A detailed description of Kaila Devi Ji is given in the SkandaPurana in the 65th Adhyaya wherein the goddess is said to have proclaimed that in Kalyug her name would be “Kaila” and she would be worshipped as Kaileshwari by her devotees. Furthermore the Vedas say that in Kalyug the worship of Kaila Devi will grant immediate fulfillment.
The goddess Kaila Devi is considered to be a form of the same goddess-Maha-yogini Mahamaya who had taken birth as the child of Nanda-Yashoda, and with whom Lord Krishna was replaced as per the direction of Lord Vishnu. When Kansa tried to kill the girl child, she transformed into her Devi Roop and informed him that the one he attempted to kill was already safe and sound. She is now worshipped as Kaila Devi, and as Vindhyavasini and Hinglaj Mata at other places.
The arrival of the goddess’s likeness to this destination is a fascinating story. The statue was being carried on a bullock cart by a Yogi baba, fleeing from Nagarkot, to protect it. Kaila Devi meanwhile appeared to the sage Kedargiri assuring him that she would come to the people of the area. The Yogi’s sole bullock stopped in the central part of the hill amid the dense forest and refused to budge. By divine ordinance the statue was established at that very place.
With the blessings of Kaila Devi, the chandravanshi rulers of Karauli have always maintained a deep connection with the temple.
Maharaja Gopal Singh Ji laid the foundation of the temple in 1723 and the work was completed in 1730. He also established the statue of ChamundaJi, bringing it from the fort of Gagraun where it had been placed by the Khinchi ruler Mukund Das Ji in 1150.
Arjun Pal Ji built a large Kund, which exists to this date and was one of the earliest large-scale, man-made sources of water in the area.
In 1927 Maharaja Bhom Pal Ji had improved roads constructed and established a power house. In 1947, Maharaja Ganesh Pal Ji had both the interior and exterior of the temple refurbished in marble. The current Maharaja, Krishna Chandra Pal Ji has also made several radical improvements and added multiple modern facilities. The courtyard has been expanded, and several additions made including the administrative block, the staff quarters, the Annapurna Canteen, a large pandal for waiting devotees, and demarcated channels to implement queues for darshan. New dharamshalas, Ram Bhavan and KansalBhavan have been built and some existing ones-SitaBhavan, Ratan Devi and the DholpurDharamshalahave been reconstructed.
Furthermore under the aegis of the Kaila Devi Charitable Trust a hundred bed hospital, the Kaila Devi Senior Secondary School with about 900 students, and a student’s hostel have been set up and are progressing rapidly. A large dam on the Kalisilriver has been repaired and expanded and two smaller dams have been constructed downstream.
The Kaila Devi temple has a glorious past and with the blessings of Kaila Devi Ji herself and with the prayers of her worshippers, has an equally great presence in the future.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kaila Devi who is the tutelary deity of the Jadon Rajput rulers of Karauli state.
It is a marble structure with a large courtyard and a checkered floor. Two statues are inside the temple. One is of Kaila Devi and one is of Chamunda Devi. They sit together. The larger is of Kaila Devi. Its head is slightly bent.
This temple consist of the palace of the Maharaja in its background.
Kaila Devi is the Kuldevi Mata of jadaun rajpoot(chandravanshi), yaduvanshi rajput and Agrawal's (marvadi) coming to worship the kaila devi mata group for years, the whole community of Chandravansh who came from Gokul regards them as their Kuldevi.
kaila Devi is the kul devi of Jat clan. Jat people from various states viz Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh comes here for worship. Devotees plant red flags and put the bhog along with the flags on each day of the year. The Jagran by the Bhagat Ji is the most attractive thing.
Approximately 2,000,000 devotees mainly from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states gather during the fair. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is observed by staunch devotees. They cover a distance of 15 to 20 km to reach the temple, while lying prostrate and making lines with their hands in that position, advancing up to the line drawn and repeating this procedure till they reach the temple.
While some eat food and take rest during the journey, others endure the ritual without these.
Groups of Meenas (Jorwal & Jagarwar gotra) arrive in a spirit of gaiety, dancing, singing and creating a lively atmosphere. The courtyard becomes the venue for dances and songs sung in praise of the guardian deity.
The Katare clan regard Kaila mata as their Kul Devi. Gupta, Mathur, Vaishya and all found in North India and Pakistan regard the Goddess as their Kul Devi.
Kaila devi is worshipped as a Kul Devi by the Sanaddhya Brahmins of the Braj region in Uttar Pradesh and Kanyakubja Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh region. The Braj region includes people speaking the Braj Bhasha dialect of Hindi.
The annual festival of Kaila Devi is held at the village during Chaitra (Mar-Apr), lasting for a fortnight. Another attraction is the small temple dedicated to Bhairon, situated in the courtyard. Facing the shrine of Kaila Devi is a temple of Hanuman locally called 'Languriya'.
Gangapur city is the nearest major railway station. Hindaun and Mahaveer Ji are other minor stations.
The site is approachable by road from Karauli, Hindaun City, Gangapur city and Shri Mahavirji. During the fair, RSRTC and private operators provide bus services and thousands of other vehicles to manage the flux of pilgrims.
The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport (170 km).
In summer from April to June the temperature reaches a maximum of 47 degrees C. and in winter season it reaches 12 degrees C.