Kaila Devi Temple
A View of Temple
|Proper name||Kaila Devi Temple|
|Important festivals||Kaila Devi Annual Fair|
|History and governance|
|Date built||1600 AD|
|Creator||Shri Bhom Pal Ji|
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Kaila Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the Kaila Devi Village of Karauli district, in the Indian state of Rajasthan.Nearest cities is Karauli (23 km), Gangapur City (34 km), 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.
The temple is dedicated to the tutelary deity, Goddess Kaila Devi, of the erstwhile princely Jadaun Rajput rulers of the Karauli state. It is a marble structure with a large courtyard of a checkered floor. In one place are a number of red flags planted by devotees.
These Red flags existing in the Kaila devi mandir are placed by the devotees. Devotees used to put the bhog along with these flags there in kaila devi mandir on each day of the year. The Jagran by the bhagat ji is the most attractive thing here happens every night at 09:00 PM IST in the temple. Devotees used to come there by foot from different areas of Rajastha,UP,MP and all over India in the month of Chaitra.
Festival or Fair
The annual fair of Kaila Devi is held at the village Kaila Devi in the month of Chaitra (Mar-Apr), lasting for a fortnight. Another attraction is the small temple dedicated to Bhairon, situated in the courtyard and facing the shrine of Kaila Devi is a temple of Hanuman locally called 'Languriya'.
Approximately 20,00,000 devotees mainly from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states gather during the fair in Hindu 'Chaitra' month. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is observed by staunch devotees. They cover a distance of 15 to 20 km to reach the temple, not on foot but by lying prostrate, 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 rigors of the ritual without these.
Groups of Mina tribesmen arrive in a spirit of gaiety dancing, singing and creating a lively atmosphere. The spacious courtyard becomes the venue for dances and songs sung in praise of the guardian deity.
Hindaun City railway station is the nearest major rail-heads of the Western Railway near Kaila Devi.and Gangapur & Mahaveer ji another minor stations for site.The site is approachable by well maintained roads from Karauli, Hindaun City, Gangapur city and Shri Mahavirji. During the fair, the State Transport as well as private operators provide hundreds of bus services and thousands of other vehicles keeping in mind the huge inflow of pilgrims.
The Katare's is a very respected clan in Hindus. They are the descendants of Maharishi Vasisth who was the guru of Lord Rama. They regards Kaila mata as their Kul Devi. Gupta, Mathur, Vaishya and all found in North India and Pakistan regard the Goddess as their Kul Devi.
There are two statues in the temple, one is of Kaila Devi and one is of Chamunda Devi both are sitting together. Bigger one is of Kaila Devi and head of statue is slightly bent. people come here from across the country especially during Navratre(period of 9 days).
This temple consist of the palace of the Maharaja in its background. Maharaja Shri Krishna Chandra Pal and his family used to come here on the big occasions and every Austmi.
For Kaila Devi the nearest airport is Jaipur Airport (170 km).
Kaila Devi is situated near the broad gauge Western Central Railway line on Delhi - Bombay route. Kaila Devi is well connected to Major railway station HINDAUN CITY which in turn are connected to various parts of the country.
Connected by road to several major cities and towns. RSRTC operates Roadways Buses very frequently for Jaipur and Delhi. Buses for Hindaun City Bus Stand, Karauli, Gangapur City etc are very frequent all over the day. RSRTC also operate some Gandhi Rath Buses (Semi Deluxe Bus) for Jaipur. Some of the major road distances are: Hindaun City (53 km), Jaipur (170 km), Bharatpur (90 km), Mathura (220 km), Agra (225 km), Delhi (325 km), Gangapur city (34 km) and Karauli (23 km).
In summer from April to June the temperature goes up to maximum of 47 degrees C. and in winter season it comes down minimum up to 12 degrees C.
Nearby Places of Interest
- Kedar Nath Cave and Temple
This is the original temple of Kaila Devi. This place was declared unsafe due to threat from the animals in jungle of the Ranthambore. This is situated 3 kms far from the town. Devotees can walk there for the pray.
- Ranthambore Sanctuary
Kaila devi is connected to one side of the century. which has an entrance from this town.
- Shri Mahavirji Temple
This is a Famous Jain Temple which is around 45 km from the town.
This is a temple of Lord Hanuman situated at a distance of around 95 km from the town.
- Barbasin Temple
This is a Barbasin Devi Temple which is situated at a distance of 13 km at the banks of Kalisil River.