Baglamukhi Temple

Baglamukhi Temple

  • Kangra
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • India
  • Time Required Around 2 hrs
  • Entry Fee No entry fee

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Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra Overview

The temple is located in Himachal Pradesh, district Kangra. It is situated in a place amidst the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. The devotees visit the temple in the hope of getting all their wishes fulfilled, to be successful, win cases, be happy in life.
The shrine is especially dedicated to one of The ten Mahavidyas of the Supreme Goddess according to Shaktism. It is believed that if you ask for anything after doing the ceremony of yajna and homagni at the temple it is granted.
The name of the temple, Baglamukhi has come from the two different Sanskrit words which are, 'Bagla' which means 'bride' and the word 'mukh' means 'face'. In conclusion, it means that the deity has a very captivating and attractive face which can herself fight all the evil away. People believe that the color yellow is the Goddess' favourite colour hence, the temple is painted in color yellow.
When the worshippers visit the temple, they all wear yellow colored clothes; even the sweets which are offered are yellow.

Places to visit and things you can do around Baglamukhi Temple-

People consider Himachal Pradesh as the crown of North India; also it is very popular for its spiritual value. It is one of the most popular destinations for darshan of Shaktipeeth as the dominant presence worshipped here are Goddesses and Devis.
People flock at this destination from all around the world for worshipping the different forms of Shakti. The most famous 9 spiritual Devi darshan temples are situated here in Himachal Pradesh.

Some of the other temples you can visit are-

• Jwala Devi Temple- The goddess of Agni or fire is one of the most fierce forms of Maa Durga. This temple is situated in the lower part of the Himalayan region. In the town of Jwalamukhi the temple is very famous among its worshippers. The temple is made, because it is one of the Shakti peeth, as Sati's tongue had fallen and later turned into a flame. This temple symbolizes the strength of Sati.
• Kangra Fort- People can go to the Kangra Fort and enjoy the very beautiful architecture that the royal family of Kangra had constructed.  The Kangra fort is one of the largest forts of the Himalayas and oldest in India. The Kangra fort's major attraction point is the gorgeous view of Banganga and Manjhi rivers. Also next to the fort is the museum of Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch which, the Royal family of Kangra runs.
The entry fee at the Kangra Fort is rupees 100 per Peron.

History of the Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra-

The origin of Baglamukhi manifestation of Adi shakti has the roots in old folklore of Supreme Goddess being pleased by Gods, men and other celestial deities alike for defeating evil on earth.
There are various variations of this lore that keep going around in different parts of the country. There was a demon named Madanasura who made life difficult for people who lived on earth and caused storms with the Vaksiddhi he had to kill them.
After being reached out by several Gods, preserver Lord Vishnu started penancing for the presence of Mahashakti and impressed by his efforts, goddesses appeared from a lake in the Baglamukhi avatar. Since that time, it started. From then, the followers of Baglamukhi Goddess began to worship her as one of The Goddess Parvati's forms.
There are many temples which are dedicated to Goddess Baglamukhi. Among the many, in North India, the most important Baglamukhi temple is in Kangra. Therefore there can be various other stories in the other parts of India.

About Goddess Baglamukhi-

The Goddess Baglamukhi has a traditionally yellow skin color. She even has a club in one of her hands which shows she is looming over the bad and the evil. The deity in the Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra has a dark face with shimmery golden eyes, crown, nose ring and every other bit of thing on her. She is in a position where is sitting, and beside her, there is a weapon of choice, either a mace or club which us there for her like a dutiful servant.
The walls of the Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra are also painted bright yellow for paying homage to her color traditionally. The yajnas or Havanas or fire sacrifices are performed on the octagonal platform inside the temple premises with a pagoda type of spire. These sacrifices, havans, and yajnas are held according to the request of the devotee.

Tips for visiting Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra-

Every visitor must be very responsible and should take care of all their belongings and properly, maintain a queue for darshan. Once anyone enters the temple premises, there must be the maintenance of silence. If someone wants to perform any kind of special havan or pooja at the temple they can easily contact their help desk so that they can help in arranging everything.
Also, when you visit the Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra makes sure you visit the restaurant which is opened in the temple premises. If you fail in locating the restaurant, then you can ask any shopkeeper for directions and they will let you know about the destinations.
Never fall for the sayings of any priest, commonly called Pandaas. Never listen to them and try your best to avoid them. These Pandas which keep roaming around the temple charge a lot of high prices for confiscating useless poojas and rituals.

How to reach the Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra?

You can either go by public transport or else you can even go there by bike, car from anywhere you want. You can come on a bike/car from Delhi via NH-1. Also, if you are already in Kangra you can simply hire a two-way taxi. Then you can ask whether the driver will drop you in the temple’s entrance gate. You can find a lot of space for parking near the temple gate area.

These were some of the tips and information which one must know and keep in mind before visiting the Baglamukhi Temple, Kangra.

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