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Kaila Devi Temple in Rajasthan


Kaila devi temple is a Hindu temple situated 23 km from Karauli in the Karauli district of Rajasthan state in India. The temple is located on the banks of the Kalisil river, a tributary of the Banas River in the hills of Trikut, 2 km to the north-west of Kaila village. The temple is dedicated to the tutelary deity, goddess Kaila Devi, of the erstwhile princely Jadaun Rajput rulers of the Karauli state. It is a marble structure with a large courtyard of a checkered floor. In one place are a number of red flags planted by devotees. A fair known as Kaila devi fair is held here every year in the month of Chaitra, starting from Chaitra Budi 12 and lasting for a fortnight.The Katare's is a very respected clan in Hindus. They are the descender of Maharishi Vasisth who was the guru of Lord Rama. They regards Kaila mata as their Kul Devi. The Jadaun Thakur's (Rajputs) {The Jadaun (also spelt as Jadon) are a clan (gotra) of Chandravanshi (Yaduvanshi) Rajputs [Thakur]'s found in North India and Pakistan} regard the goddess as their Kul Devi. There are two statues in the temple, one is of kaila devi and one is of chamunda devi both are sitting together.Bigger one is of kaila devi and head of statue is slightly bent. People come here from across the country specially during navratras (period of 9 days). Though this is a Shakta temple but the traditions followed are the Vaishnavs traditions and as such meat and wine are strictly prohibited. Bhandara (feasting open for all) is organized.


Legend

Legend says that king Bhompal received instructions from Goddess Kaila Devi to built the temple for her as he was a great devotee of Kaila Devi, he built this temple and since then the place has become so sacred that millions of people from far and wide come here for darshan. Later Maharaja Gopal Singh of Yadava clan built a big and beautiful temple with dome whose apex was made from gold. Maharaja Bhanwarpal fabricated many buildings and the area soon acquired immense for its sacredness and scenic charm. In the sanctum sanctorum, there are two idols. The idol of Kaila Devi is slightly reclined as the neck of the goddess is bend. The idols are very old and they are made of the locally available stone.

Kaila Devi temple history dates back to the 1100 AD during the rule of the Jadun Rajput rulers. The temple was dedicated as tutelary of the particular region. Tutelary meaning the main patroness of the region. Kaila Devi is adored as both Goddess Mahalaxmi that is the (Goddess of wealth) and Goddess Kali the (Goddess of Destruction).The red flags that are placed in and around the temple were planted by devotees during the course of the generations. Till today devotees who visit the temple places their bhog along with the flags in the temple.
The heritage town of Karauli is associated with many legends. It is a popular belief that the princely state of Karauli was founded by Yaduvanshi Rajput Bijai Pal around 995 AD. It is believed that he was 88th generation of the Hindu deity, Lord Krishna. Little is however known about the early history of the family.

Architecture of Temple

Kaila Devi temple architecture has stood the test of time and is wonderful example of building contrivance. Till today the temple has not crumbled or being subject to ruins in any sort of manner. The frontage of the temple holds intricate mosaic and relief work. The large Shikhar of the temple is also an architectural marvel. There is chowk in front of the main temple that is opened and on either side there is a verandah. The area around the temple is also adorned with various statutes. Another unique feature is that the temple is located at the foothills of the mountain and is surrounded by greenery. The Jagmohan (prayer hall is also the same). The ornamental work, engraving and encarving have been done on walls and pillars. Red Stone of Karoli was used for construction of Temple.
 
Festivals and Fairs held at Temple

In the Navratras of Chaitra and Ashwin every year millions of people come and offer their presence to the Goddess. These days are held as sacred days.

Timings of Temple

A major part of the Kaila Devi rituals and observances are the mass prayers offered to the Goddess in the morning at 7:00 am and 06:30 pm respectively. The atmosphere during theses prayers are electrifyingly spiritual. Individual irrespective of the weather conditions line up to seek the graces and blessings of the Kalia Devi. During the evening prayers the ambiance of the temple is one of prayer high spirits.

Best time to visit

Summer is not a good time to visit Karauli. The best time to visit this heritage town is from October to March.

Places of Interest

  • Kalyanji Temple - is situated in the city of Karauli, which was initially known by the name Kalyanpuri. This name was derived from the deity Kalyanji, which corroborates the belief that the temple belonging to this deity is one of the important temples of the region.The temple is believed to have been constructed 200 years ago by Maharaja Gopal Singh.
  • Madan Mohanji Temple - is located at Karauli Fort in the city of Karauli. This temple is dedicated to Madan Mohanji, a deity of Lord Krishna and was constructed by Maharaja Gopal Singh. Pilgrims can see the 3 ft and 2 ft high statues of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, respectively, in the temple. The common belief is that after conquering the battle of Daultabad, Maharaja Gopal Singh dreamt that Lord Krishna wanted him to enshrinehis idol at a temple in Karauli by bringing it from Amer.
  • Shri Mahavir Ji Temple -  is located in the village named Chandangaon of Karauli District in the state of Rajasthan. Several years ago, sand stone statue of Lord Mahavir was extracted from the soil of the village in which it is situated.
  • Timangarh Fort - is located in proximity of Karauli, in the Masalpur sub-tehsil. According to historians, the fort was built in 1100 AD but was destroyed soon after by an attack. In 1244 AD, Yaduvanshi Raja Timanpal, the scion of Vijay Pal, reconstructed the fort.It is believed that there are ancient ashtadhatu as well as stone idols and sculptures hidden under the temples of the fort complex. Visitors can also see the religious, geometrical and flower patterned carvings on the rooftops and pillars of the temples. These pillars are also adorned with carvings of several gods and goddesses.
  • Ramathra Fort - is situated in Sapotra in the Karauli District of Rajasthan. The fort is located between Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur and Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur. At a distance of 15 km from the fort is located Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary. Within its premises, the attraction contains the fort, the lake and countryside.Maharaja of Karauli granted the fort as jagir (fiefdom) in 1645 AD to Thakur Bhoj Pal, his son. The fort is currently managed by Thakur Brijendra Raj Pal and his family. Within the fort lie Ganesh Mandir and Shiva Mandir that houses a marble idol of Lord Shiva displaying the craftsmanship of the early 18th century.

Getting there and around

  • By Air - Nearest airports to this town are the Kheria Airport, Agra (127 km), Sanganer Airport located at Jaipur is nearly 160 km from the heart of the city, and taxi charges about Rs 3200 from Airport to the city. Jaipur airport is connected to metro cities Mumbai and Delhi. Foreign travelers can take connection flights from Delhi and Mumbai.
  • By Rail - Nearest main railway stations is Gangapur, which is 81 km away from Karauli. Gangapur is a major station connecting to all railheads in India. Cab charges about Rs 1500 from Gangapur to Karauli.
  • By Road - There are daily bus services from Karauli to Gangapur (81 km) and Jaipur (160 km) Many private bus agencies provide tourist bus services from Karauli to other important cities.

Accommodation

Bhanwar Vilas Palace ( Phone : +91 9929773744) is a very good place to stay, Sidharth Resort ( Phone : (07469) - 224664 , 225060 , 224728) is also good place to stay. Few yatri nivas, guest houses and Dharamshalas also offer budget stay.






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