Actor Ajay Devgan recently visited Jaipur and Ajmer for offering prayers at Ajmer Dargah Shareef. During his religious visit he also visited the Shakambhari Mata Mandir near Jaipur.
Have you heard about this temple before? What do you know about it? If not much, read to find out!
Shakambhari Mata temple is located in Sakarai Dham, 150 km from Jaipur. The temple is just 18-19 km away from the famous Sambhar Lake, the largest inland saltwater lake of India, because of which many people also search for it as Shakambhari Mata Mandir Sambhar.
This temple near Jaipur was maintained under the supervision of the sadhus of Nath cult. The Shikhar (tomb) of the Shakambhari Mata temple Rajasthan is adorned with beautiful statues of gods and goddesses.
This temple near Jaipur has idols of Brahmani and Rudrani, lion riding goddesses who carry the posture of killing demon Mahishasura. Both of the idols are eight-armed have their faces covered in Vermilion. The only difference between the two idols is that of the stone used to sculpt them. While the idol of Brahmani has been carved out of white marble, that of Rudrani is made of a locally available marble.
It is believed that there came a time when a huge famine hit the area. The goddess took form of flora and vegetation to save the mankind from being dead and also to satisfy their hunger. Because of this incident, the goddess was named as Shakambhari Mata.
The Shakambhari Mata temple in Rajasthan is a Siddhapeeth, where people belonging to different folks of life visit to offer prayers. The hilly area near Sambhar, where this Shakambhari Mata temple is located, was much-like a forest for ages. And the area was known as ‘Devi ki Bani’.
The tales of Shakambhari Devi ki Peeth has also been mentioned in the Mahabharata kaal, Shiv Puran, Markandey Puran and several ancient mythological texts.
Every year on the Bhadvasudi Ashtami a fair called ‘Shakambhari Mata ka Mela’ is organized at the Shakambhari Mata Mandir near Jaipur. On this occasion thousands of devotees visit the temple to offer prayers. You will see a lot of gathering during both the Navratras too.
During summers: at 5:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
During winters: at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
By air: The nearest airport to reach Shakambhari Mata Mandir is Jaipur Airport. You can hire a cab or take a direct bus for Sakarai, where the temple is located; 150 km from Jaipur.
By train: The nearest railway station to Shakambhari Mata Mandir is Jhunjhunu. You can either take a train up to Jhunjhunu or up to Jaipur. Then you can reach the temple from there via bus or car.
By bus: Several direct buses are available from Jaipur to Sakarai. You can take any of the 3 routes to reach the Shakambhari Mata Mandir:
1. via Pahadi – from Highway – 113 km
2. via Palsana – Khandela – 132 km
3. via Sikar – 155 km