The Goddess Mata Ragnya Devi is symbolised as a sacred spring at Tula Mula village, near Srinagar, Kashmir in J&K India. The spring of Kheer Bhawani is quite large and has always been held in veneration by the Brahman population of Srinagar. The Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Mata Kheer Bhawani (originally Bhawani Mata), has been constructed over a Sacred Spring. Within the spring is a marble Temple. The Temple-Spring complex is affectionately known as Kheer Bhawani as thousands of devotees offer milk and 'kheer' to the Sacred Spring. According to the legend, there were 360 springs surrounding the main spring but all of these seem to have disappeared as the land has become marshy all around.

Sri Kheer Bhawani Temple Archway
Sri Kheer Bhawani Temple Archway
The temple spring complex is affectionately known as Khir Bhawani because of the thousands of devotees who have offered milk and 'Khir' to the sacred spring, which magically changes colour, turning black which warns of disaster. This temple, is located in the middle of a spring, around which there is a vast area whose floor has been covered with smooth and beautiful stones. In it exist large and old chinar trees beneath which the pilgrims sit or sleep on mats of grass. The colour of the spring goes on changing. While most of the colours do not have any particular significance, the colour black is taken as an indication for inauspicious times for Kashmir.

Sri Kheer Bhawani Temple Premises
Sri Kheer Bhawani Temple Premises
The legend associated with the temple goes that Lord Rama worshipped Ragnya Devi during his exile. After the exile period got over, Rama asked Lord Hanuman to shift the seat of the goddess. The seat of the goddess was brought by Lord Hanuman first to Shadipora and later shifted to the site where the temple now stands. It is believed that it was the wish of Mother Ragnya that her seat be place at Khir Bhavani Mandir in Kashmir, India. And this wish was conveyed in dream to a pandit, Rugnath Gadroo. The temple of Ragnya Devi is called "Khir Bhawani" because numerous devotees offer milk and Khir (Indian sweet dish) to the sacred spring. It is believed that milk and Khir turn to black color to warn of any impending disaster.

Sacred Spring At Kheer Bhawani Temple
Sacred Spring At Kheer Bhawani Temple
Maharaja Pratap Singh got the temple constructed in 1912. Later, Maharaja Hari Singh undertook the repair and restoration work on the temple. The eighth day of the full moon in May holds great significance for the devotees of Ragnya Devi. They fast on this particular day and gather at the temple in huge numbers. It is believed that on this day, the goddess changes the color of the spring's waters. The Khir Bhavani temple serves as the venue for an annual festival held in May-June, on the occasion of Jesht Ashtami. During this festival, a large number of Hindus visit the temple to seek blessings of the goddess. Another occasion on which the Khir Bhavani temple gains special importance is Shukla Paksh Ashtami. On this day, havans/yagnas are performed to please the goddess.

Sri Kheer Bhawani Temple
Sri Kheer Bhawani Temple
The presiding deity is Mata Mahargagnya Devi who was pleased with the extreme devotion of the demon King Ravan of Lanka and she agreed to be the presiding deity of a temple dedicated to her in Lanka. The Goddess got displeased with the licentious lifestyle of the King of Lanka and asked Lord Hanuman to take her idol with him and install it at the present location in the village of Tulmul in Srinagar. Some legends associate Mata Sita as an incarnation of Devi Maharagnya. Her form in Kashmir is a Vashnavite Rupa of Devi Durga, hence no tradition of animal sacrifice has existed at the temple. The temple is located near a unique sept agonal spring from which the water flows from west i.e. the sheesh of Mata Kheer Bhawani to east or her feet. The holy spring is said to change its colors to several hues i.e. red, pink, green, blue etc. which has been even noted by Swami Vivekananda and Medieval era historian Abul Fazal. The unique aspect of this color change is that it predicts the fate of the events to come in Kashmir. It is said that a change in the colors of the fountain waters to red or black procrastinated something ominous about the times to come in the valley.

Temple Timings:

06:00 AM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Srinagar has an enhanced connectivity through its airport that links Srinagar with the various airports across the country. Delhi,Chandigarh, Mumbai etc. are all connected through Srinagar with a string of flights which are not expensive. Lying at a distance of 876 kms from the national capital at Delhi, The city of Srinagar is also connected through connecting international flights with a stop at Delhi. The temple is situated at a distance of 14 miles east of Srinagar near the village of Tul Mul.

Divine Colours Of Sacred Spring
Divine Colours Of Sacred Spring

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Kheer Bhavani Temple,
Tulmulla,
Srinagar,
Pin Code : 191 201,
Jammu and Kashmir.
Phone : 0191 2544689 ; 0191 2536300 ; 94190 10456

Thillai Kali Temple is a Hindu Temple located on the outskirts of the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District Tamil Nadu in India. It was built by Chola Chieftain King Kopperunjingan who ruled between 1229 A.D. and 1278 A.D. Legend says that Goddess Kali moved here after losing to Lord Siva in the celestial dance contest. Mother Thillai Kali appears with four faces as Lord Brahma. Mother Saraswathi as Veena Vidyambika and Lord Dakshinamurthi in female form praised as Kadambavana Dakshina Rupini grace the devotees from their shrines in the prakara. Devotees pray her lighting lamps on Thursdays seeking high education and academic achievements. Probably, this is the only temple where Lord Dakshinamurthi appears in a female form.

Sri Thillai Kali Temple Archway
Sri Thillai Kali Temple Archway
Lord Shiva and Mother Kali entered into a dancing contest. Lord Shiva played His frurious Ugra Thandava and raised His legs upward at a stage and asked Kali if She could play this. Bound in feminine traits, Kali could not do this. Though defeated, She became furious. Lord Brahma appeared there and praised Kali as Veda Nayaki and begged Her to calm down with four faces representing the four Vedas. Kali responded to Brahma’s prayer and granted darshan to Him as Brahmma Chamundeeswari. An idol is made in this form separately and installed in the temple.

Sri Thillai Kali Temple
Sri Thillai Kali Temple
A debate arose between Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi as to who was more powerful among them. Shiva claimed he was. But Shakti was too voracious in her defence on the debate to establish Her claim. Angry Shiva cursed Her to become an Ugrakali. Realizing Her haste and violent argument, Shakti begged Shiva for a remedy. Lord Said, “Devas and men will be subjected to the atrocities of demons shortly. You, as Ugra Kali will destroy the demons and protect Devas and men. Then, You come to Thillai (now Chidambaram) and perform penance on me. I shall be there to grant Ananda dance darshan to Sages Patanjali and Vyakrapada. You will join me there as Sivakami” thus goes the story. Thillai Kali is also known as Ellai Kali – Ellai means border – Kali at the border of Thillai.

Sri Thillai Kali Temple Prakaram
Sri Thillai Kali Temple Prakaram
Those visiting Chidambaram temple complete the pilgrimage to the place with worship of Thillaikali. Chidambaram is otherwise called as "Thillai" Because there were abundant Thillai trees. According the Hindu Mythology if you visit and have a Darshan at Chidambaram you will get salvation from this life (birth). In this land, Arulmigu Sabanayagar Temple generally known as 'Nataraja Temple' stands unique covering all Epical and Ethical background full of artistic, antique, architectural and historical values. The presiding deity of this temple is Thillai Kali Amman. She is known by other names as well Thillai Amman, "Vadapathira Kali", "Brahma Chamundeeswari".

Sri Thillai Kali Temple Vimanam
Sri Thillai Kali Temple Vimanam

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This holy temple is situated towards the North side of world famous Sri Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram. It is 1.5 Km from Railway Station in the Chennai - Tanjore main Line of the Southern Railway. Chidambaram is well connected to other parts of the state by bus service. Transportation would not be a problem for Chidambaram.

Four Faced Goddess Brahma Chamundeshwari
Four Faced Goddess Brahma Chamundeshwari

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Thillai Kali Amman Temple,
Chidambaram,
Cuddalore,
Pin Code : 608 001,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04144 230251

“Jwala Ji Temple” is one of the most renowned ancient temples of Goddess Durga located in the most beautiful location of the Dhauladhar range in Lower Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India. Within the Dhauladhar in the backdrop and set amidst the sub-Himalayan Himachal, 30 km south of Kangra valley, this renowned temple is devoted to the “GODDESS OF LIGHT”. Dedicated to the deity of goddess Jwalamukhi, this temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas of India. Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine round the year to satisfy their spiritual urge. One of its own kinds, the temple has no idol in it. An endlessly burning blue flame emerging from a rock sanctum is worshiped as an appearance of the goddess. The mystical and astonishing fact about this flame is that it is burning since time immemorial.

Main Entrance Of Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Main Entrance Of Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Known as Sati (Parvati), she brought up in the house of Prajapati Daksha and later got married to Lord Shiva. Once Daksha organized Yajna but did not invite Sati and Shiva to the ceremony. Having faced the insult of her husband, Parvati killed herself. When Lord Shiva was aware of the news, he became furious and began stalking the three worlds by holding the Sati’s body. The other gods trembled and started appealing to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu let numerous arrows which pounded Sati’s body into 51 pieces. The places where the pieces fell, emerged as ‘shaktipeeths’. One amongst the 51 Shaktipeetha of the country, the place where Sati’s tongue fell and manifested as tiny flames through fissures in the age-old rock”, the Jwalamukhi Temple has come to existence.

Steps Leading To Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Steps Leading To Sri Jwala Ji Temple
The king who was aware of the legend of Sati’s tongue, went out to find the sacred spot and observed a flame been burning in the mountains. He had darshan of the holy flame and constructed a temple over it in a modern “Indo-Sikh” style of architectural design and arranged priests to worship daily. Its dome is made of gold and the folding doors are made out of silver plates. Though the structural design is simple, the religious aura is what makes it completely divine. It is believed that in the later age when Pandavas visited the place have taken up the renovation work at the temple.

Aerial View Of Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Aerial View Of Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Within the temple, a small platform is attached at the front before entering a large mandap (hall) where a huge brass bell hangs gifted by the King of Nepal which beautifully adorns the hall. Endlessly burning, the main flame is positioned in a square central pit of hollowed stone. A musical fountain is also situated near this temple. After entering into the Jwalamukhi temple, people find three feet square pit with alleyway all around. The center of the pit consists a hollowed rock through which flames emit out. This one is believed as the mouth of the Mahakali. There are total nine pits each representing the different form of goddess – Ambika, Anjana, Annapurna, Chandi, Hing Laj, Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Vindhya Vasini.

Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Sri Jwala Ji Temple
You might be wondering about the reasons behind the burning flame at Jwala Ji temple in Kangra. The great Akbar failed, the great Indian scientists and geologists failed and even some other scientific researchers failed to validate the reason. According to beliefs, there must be surely some other phenomena that are forming the reason behind this eternal flame. However, till now no scientists or geologists couldn’t predict anything. That might be the ”Supreme Nature” of God. Finally, everything cannot be tested and verified on principles of science and that is why it is often said: “Where the thinking boundary of Science ends, Region of Spirituality begins”. No scientist could explain why there are nine flames in the temple, as Hindus believe Goddess Shakti has 9 forms and all these can be seen as flames in the temple.

Flame At Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Flame At Sri Jwala Ji Temple
When Akbar came to know of this place, he tried to extinguish the flames first by bringing a rivulet from uphill, but the flames kept burning above the water. Then he tried to fix iron plates on the flames to kill them, but the flames melted the iron and came out of iron plates. Maharaja Ranjeet Singh was also devotee of Jwalaji and donated the gold for its dome, which we can still see. As the name suggests, Jwalamukhi village is situated on a sleeping volcano and as the scientists suggest that the natural gas reserves underneath are leaking some gasses from the fissures which is burning as Jwalaji flames. IN 60s & 70s ONGC with the help of German and Russian companies tried to extract the natural gas. But three such efforts were failed and money lost and the scientists declared that the natural gas underneath is quite low pressured and of lesser volume for any extraction. The Jwala-bhaktas took it as a defeat of science over devotion.

Temple Timings:

05:00 AM To 10:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Temple of JAWALA JI devi is situated in district Kangra of Himachal Pradesh in India. Jawala Ji is easily accessible being located on a national Highway and is also accessible throughout the year as weather is pleasant. Hence, the Shrine is accessible to the people of all ages throughout the year. Jawalaji Temple is within Kangra Valley and 56 Kms. from Dharamsala in the Valley of Beas. Temple is located at hilltop and climbing stairs is required. You may take an auto from the Bus Stand to avoid walking. Motorable roads connect this Shrine from Delhi, Chandigarh & Dharamshala. Taxis can be hired from these places.This all is hilly area with a beautiful scenic view all along the valley. Frequent state transport bus service is available from all important cities of Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi and J & K. The shrine is well connected by road.

Blue Flame At Sri Jwala Ji Temple
Blue Flame At Sri Jwala Ji Temple

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Jwala Ji Temple,
Jwalamukhi Town,
Kangra,
Postal Code : 176 031,
Himachal Pradesh.
Phone : 01970 222223 ; 01970 222137

It is popularly know as Brahma Temple but the moolavar (main diety) is Vedanarayana Perumal. The inner sanctum just outside the Garbagriha is a sannidhi for 3-faced Brahma and Gayatri Devi. A very small temple compared to the other temples in Kumbakonam. Thimurthis are housed in this temple and Lord Brahma is in the side. He is depicted as a male from the front and as a female (Gayathri Devi) on the rear side. This face on the rear can be seen through a mirror placed behind. Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Gayatri are on either side of Lord Brahma. We can also see Gayatri Devi on the back of Brahma through a reflection in a mirror provided at the back. The speciality Gayatri Devi on the back of Brahma which is very rare.

Main Entrance Of Brahma Temple
Main Entrance Of Brahma Temple
There is no temple on earth for Brahma, this is what the purana’s and Hindu mythology says, so is this is also not a Brahma temple. This is mainly a Vishnu temple. The Brahma is kept on side as other deity without much of importance. The important part of this temple is the after Brahma loses his fourth head and forget the Vedas, he is been given back the knowledge by Gayathri Devi who gives him support as his fourth head and gives back the knowledge to him, you can see the fourth face as Gayathri and not as original Brahma face. Brahma is along with Saraswathi here, so praying here get knowledge in abundance as Saraswathi herself is god of knowledge. The temple is in narrow street and it would be better if you take a walk unto the temple than trying to drive.

Brahma Temple Kodimaram
Brahma Temple Kodimaram
It is home to the Shri Vedanarayana Perumal Temple, which is a very interesting example of Brahma worship. Here, Perumal Visnu is in the form of Lord Brahma combined with Saraswati Devi and Gayatri. The deity is known as Vedanarayana Swamy. The prefix "veda" refers to Lord Brahma's catur-mukha, or four faces, which are associated with the four Vedas. While some call this a Vishnu temple, it is properly considered a Brahma temple, and has been categorized as such for many years. Kumbakonam appears on all of the 'short lists' of rare Brahma temples in India. It is known by various names: Vedanarayana Perumal Temple, Brahman Kovil, and the Brahma Temple.

Sri Brahma Temple Towers
Sri Brahma Temple Towers
Lord Brahma with His consorts Mother Saraswathi and Mother Gayatri in a standing posture seeking the blessings of Lord Vedanarayana Perumal, the second for Lord Veda Narayana Perumal accompanied by His consorts Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi and the third is for Lord Yoga Narasimha with His two consorts. Thus, the devotee can have the darshan of three Lords in the temple. It is widely common that many are proud of their high learning barring a few and Lord Brahma was no exception to this mentality. He thought that He alone can create which Lord Shiva and Vishnu cannot. Knowing this, Lord Vishnu sent a ghost (Bhooda) to Brahma who trembled on seeing the creature. He ran to Lord Vishnu saying that a ghost not created by Him was threatening and sought protection. Lord Vishnu said that it was created by Him to check his pride and that he would also forget the art of creation.

Lord Brahma With Goddess Saraswathi & Gayathri Devi
Lord Brahma With Goddess Saraswathi & Gayathri Devi
When begged for a remedy, Lord Vishnu suggested that he go to Earth and perform penance. Brahma chose this place, Kumbakonam that stays stable even after the destroying Pralaya floods. All the Devas assisted Brahma in his penance. Pleased with Brahma’s penance, Lord Vishnu appeared before him, taught the Vedas and reinstated Brahma to his earlier status. Perumal became Lord Veda Narayana Perumal and Mother Vedavalli. To facilitate the final bath of Brahma and the Devas after the penance, Perumal created a river with His club known as Hari Sollaru which later days faced changes and it is Arasalaru today.

The temple conducts Brahmma Sankalpa Puja educational and trade progress boons. Devotees perform special pujas for Lord Brahma and Mothers Saraswathi and Gayatri before admitting children to school.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 08:00 AM To 11:30 PM
Evening Timings : 05:30 PM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Bounded by the River Kaveri on the north and the Arasalar River on the south, the town of Kumbakonam is 40 km. northeast of Thanjavur, and 60 km. inland from the coast of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located beside the Mahamagha tank, in what is now called Pattunoolkara (silk weaver) Street. Of the 17 major temples in Kumbakonam, 12 are Saivite, 5 are Vaisnava, and only the Vedanarayana Perumal is dedicated to the worship of Brahma Deva.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Brahma Temple,
Kumbakonam,
Thanjavur,
Postal Code : 612 001,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 94865 68160
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