In the valleys of Kangra, burn the nine eternal flames of the Jwala Devi Mandir which attracts Hindu pilgrims from all over India. Also known as Jwala Ji, this mighty temple is situated 34 km south of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and 56 km from Dharamshala. The temple is dedicated to Jwala Devi, a form of the Holy Goddess herself. Due to the Her residence in the nine eternal flames of the temple, she is also known as the Flaming Goddess. This is a novel temple which does not have an idol Jwala Devi Temple.
The tale behind the Jwala Devi temple goes that the Holy Goddess has manifested herself in the form of an undying blue flame, which refuses to extinguish even when it comes in contact with water, and is holy. The shrine is located in a slightly deep-seated underground sanctum, where a priest presents the offerings of devotees to the flaming shrine. This temple is one of the 51 Shakti peethas and Hindu devotees believe that pilgrimage to the Jwala Devi temple will bring an end to all their sufferings. It is believed that Goddess Sati’s tongue fell in this place when she sacrificed herself.
Science believes that the fires burn due to some natural jets of combustible gas from the fissures of the rocks. However, the heart of devotees still nurses the belief of the Goddess residing in these flames. The aarti conducted in this temple is the main attraction.