Day 11: 12th March 2014
A fresh morning of Ranital…
That night we slept like dead..but in the morning we woke like a newborn. A lovely morning of Ranital after whole night rain. While having hot samosas and tea of Sharma Dhaba, I was talking to locals. Assembly elections were about to come and they were talking about Modi wave, like other.
Entire Chennai Super-Kings team was the brand ambassador of the Dhaba. Sharmaji was proudly telling us how the team had lunch here during their journey to Dharamsala cricket stadium.
Ranital to Jwalamukhi was a wonderful typical Himalayan road. We had realized that we were driving down and started losing altitude. Curvy road with soft music in the ears, we were happy for sure. The day was planned for any spiritual places including shakti peethas and gurudwara.
At Jwalaji – the fire Shakti Peetha..
With slow motion drive through wet road, we reached Jwalaji town. Jwalamukhi means the Volcano. One of the great shakti peethas, Devi is prayed in the form of flames which are lightened from ages. The flames come out of nowhere from the ground. Flame means Jwala and the goddess – Jwalaji.
The divine flame.. those who are habitual to see an idol as a god in the temples will have a different experience. The goddess is prayed here in the form of flames which are eternally lightened from the ground. Though the main shrine is simple and typical, a newly renovated campus provides a mix of different arts.
While enjoying breakfast of pakodas with tea, we heard a couple of stories about the goddess from that tea vendor. Keeping these amazing stories and memories in the back pocket of mind, we moved our next destination for the day.. Goddess Bagulamukhi temple