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Jwalamukhi Temple Chaitra Navratri Mela 2023 - Jwala Ji March - April Navratri Festival

Jawalamukhi Temple located in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh is one among the Shakti Peethas. Legend has it that the tongue of Sati (Shakti) fell here when Lord Vishnu cut the dead body of Sati into pieces to pacify Lord Shiva. Jwala Ji Chaitra Navratri Mela is one of the important fair held here. Jwalamukhi Temple Chaitra Navratri Mela 2023 date - March 22 to March 30, 2023. This unique temple, also referred as Jawalaji, does not have an idol instead there are nine flames burning continuously from the fissures in the temple. Since the Goddess is worshipped in the form of celestial flame she is known as Jawalamukhi. Nobody has been able to recognize the fuel source of the sacred flame. Nearly half a million devotees from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab , Chandigarh , Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other parts of India arrive at Jawalamukhi temple during the Chaitra Navratri mela or Vasant Navratri festival. Chaitra Navratri is the Durga Puja during the

Worship of Shashti Devi for Child Birth and Child Welfare

Goddess Shashti Devi is worshipped for the welfare of children. She nurses and protects children. She takes care of infants. Goddess Sashti is worshipped on the sixth day after the birth of a child to safeguard it from diseases and to ward off evil. She is again offered prayers on the 21st day after childbirth and again when first food is given to the baby. Those couple having trouble in getting a progeny will be blessed with a healthy child if they worship Shasti Devi for a year (Devi Bhagavata). Goddess Shashthi Devi is invoked in a Salagrama stone or in the root of banyan tree. In some regions, she is painted on the wall of the house or a sacred place. Shashti  Devi Mantra Om Sashthyai Devayai Swaha. Who is Goddess Shashthi Devi? She is the daughter of Brahma and wife of Skanda or Muruga (son of Shiva and Parvati). She is known as Sashti because she is taken to be one-sixth of prakriti or nature. Mahabharata and Devi Bhagavata equates her with Devasena,