Some 34 km south of Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is located the Jwalaji temple, or the flaming temple. Considered one of the 51 Shakti-Pitha temples in India, the temple holds vast religious significance for tourists and locals alike and attracts a huge number of crowds every year. It’s the place where Sati’s tongue fell and visitors can see this tongue in the form the flame.
A visit to the Jwalaji temple means you can also see many small shrines in its vicinity, such as GorakhDibbi, Chaturbhuj temple and many more. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi (with faming mouth) and this the reason why nine permanent flames can be seen there. The original temple was built by Raja Bhumi Chandra, the ruler of the area while a gold parasol was installed here by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar.
In addition, it was Maharaja Ranjit Singh who had the dome of the Jwalaji temple gilded. The aarti(prayer) sessions performed five times a day are a big draw for visitors here. The temple in itself is very beautiful and picturesque having built in the Indo-Sikh style architecture. Its dome is of gilt and gold while it also has a charming folding door of silver plates.