Aadi Shakti Ma Jhandewali is incarnate of goddess Durga. She represents the power of the Supreme Being that preserves moral order and righteousness in the creation. She wears red, holds multiple weapons and rides her vehicle (the tiger), all symbolizing Her tremendous and unlimited power which She uses to protect virtue and destroy evil.
Neeche Gofa Wali Mataji is also the idol of Maa Jhandewali. This was found by Badri Bhagat and has a story attached to it. It is said that a priest in ancient times known as Badri Bhagat dreamed of Mata Jhandewali and in that dream he was told by Mata rani about this idol. This temple is located on the ground level. There is also a mesmersing shiv mandir along side.
The offering for the Goddess are easily available in the shops in the temple vicinity.
History of Jhandewalan Temple
The name Jhandewalan was given during Shah Jahan's reign, due to the prayer flags or 'Jhandas' being offered. This ancient temple has a subterranean shrine as well as one on the ground level. Thousands of devotees converge for darshan or blessing, including the rich and the famous especially during the Navratras in spring and autumn.
The upper level of the temple has divine idol of Mata Jhandewali. There are idols of other Gods also at the same level. At the ground level , the original idol of Jhandewali Mata is there. There is a divine place for performing Shiv puja in the adjoining area at the lower level itself.
Aarti Timings at Jhandewalan Mandir
|Morning Mangal Aarti||Dry Meva||5:30 A.M.||6:00 A.M.|
|Shringaar Aarti||Cheele,Chane,Milk,Cocunut||9:00 A.M.||9:00 A.M.|
|Bhog Aarti||Rice,Pulses,Roti||12:00 P.M.||12:00 P.M.|
|Evening Aarti||Chane||7:30 P.M.||7:00 P.M.|
|Night Aarti||Milk||10:00 P.M.||9:30 P.M.|
Prayers / Offerings
- The temple remains open on Sunday,Tuesday and in the afternoon of Astami.
- On every Astami of Shukla Paksha , there will be Jagran (prayers throughout night) starting at 10 P.M.
- Everyday morning havana and kirtan (prayers) are carried out in the temple.