Monday, April 8, 2013

Rani Sati Mandir

Rani Sati Temple Rani Sati mandir is one of the most famous temples in Rajasthan. It is situated in Jhunjhunu town. It has a history of more than 400 years and is a testimony to feminine bravery and spirit which certainly captures the attention of all pilgrims. This temple is also famous for its magnanimous and rare paintings thus retaining the attention of tourists.

A special Pujanutsav is held on the occasion of Bhado Amavasya (no moon day), the day when many followers congregate to pay their reverence. This day the temple is crowded with devotees in huge number. People from all over the country and beyond visit this place to offer their puja to Goddess Sati Devi. The most remarkable feature of this famous temple is that it does not hold any painting or statue of either female or male gods. Instead a trident depicting power and force is worshipped religiously by the followers. However one can surely find a beautiful portrait of Rani Satiji engraved in glass on the ceiling of the assembly hall opposite the pradhan mand. The temple consists of colorful wall paintings and is structured with white marbles.

In the complex of Rani Sati temple there is also Hanuman Temple, Sita Temple, Ganesha Temple and Lord Shiva Temple, this apart the complex boasts of having the only full scale Nav Grah Temples & Sodas Matrika temples, nowhere in the world one would find these temples whose deities are worshipped by all Hindus on every occasion, big or small. The regular ‘prasad’ distribution takes place after every ‘aarti’. There are also arrangements made for the home made meals twice a day on subsidised payment basis. The temple is situated within city limit of Jhunjhunu. It is beautiful and intricately crafted, not to forget the golden pot at the top of the temple. A Singha Dwar the main entrance to the complex is one of its kind in the universe. The temple also boasts colorful wall paintings. The temple is graced with fine murals.

History of Rani Sati Temple

It is the firm belief of Marwaris from Rajasthan that Rani Sati is an avatar of Maa Durga. The Marwari society of Rajasthan as well as from all other part of the country worship Rani Sati dadi daily in their houses.

Shri Ranisatiji was born as the daughter of Gursamal in the village of Dokua village in Haryana. She was named – Narayani. Tandhan took birth in Hissar as son of Jaliram. Tandhan and Narayani got married and were leading a peaceful life. He was in possession of a beautiful horse which was being eyed by the son of king of Hissar from quite some time. Tandhan refused to hand over his precious horse to the king’s son. The king’s son then decides to forcefully acquire the horse and thus challenges Tandhan for a combat. However Tandhan fights the battle bravely and kills the King’s son instead in error and escapes the town of hissar in admist to save the life. The enraged king awaits the opportunity to take revenge and one fine day successful to spy tandhan and thus kills Tandhan in front of Narayani in the battle. Narayani symbolic to female bravery and power fights with the king and kills him. She then commanded Ranaji (the caretaker of the horse) to make immediate arrangements for her to be set a blazed along with her husband’s cremation.

Ranaji playing a vital role in fulfilling her wish to be sati with her husband is then blessed by Narayani that his name will be taken and worshiped along with her name and since then she is known as Rani Sati.

Source: Wikipedia

About Jhunjhunu District

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Jhunjhunu district - History:
Jhunjhunu district was named on ruler Jhunjhar Singh Gi, who was from shekhawat clan of Rajput. It is a part of Shekhawati Region. Jhunjhunu was ruled by the Kaimkhani Nawabs till 1730. Rohilla Khan was the last Nawab of Jhunjhunu. The Nawabs ruled over Jhunjhunu for 280 years. Rohilla Khan had imposed great faith in Shardul Singh and he acted as his Diwan. Shardul Singh was a bold and efficient administrator. He occupied Jhunjhunu after the death of Rohilla Khan in 1730 A.D.

It was by dint of his subtle political demeanour that Maharao Shardul Singh occupied Jhunjhunu & ruled over it for 12 years. After his death the estate was divided equally among his five sons. Their descendants continued to rule over it till Indian Independence in 1947. Shardul Singh's religious beliif was instrumental in him having built many temples such as Kalyan Ji Mandir & Gopinath Ji Ka mandir at Jhunjhunu. To commemorate Maharao Shardul Singh, his sons made a monumental dome at Parasrampura ordorned with fresco paintings.

Location of Jhunjhunu district:
The district falls within Shekhawati region, and is bounded on the northeast and east by Haryana state, on the southeast, south, and southwest by Sikar District, and on the northwest and north by Churu District.

Read more about Jhunjhunu district at Wikipedia