Temple Profile: Mandir Shri Bhadriya Mata Ji
Location: Shri Bhadariyaji, Tehsil Pokaran God Worshipped: Bhadariya Ji
District: Jaisalmer Road Distance from Jaipur: 540 Kms
Built in the year: 1831 Nearest Airport: Jaisalmer (75 km)
By Maharawal Gaj Singh Nearest Rly. Station: Shri Bhadariyaji Lathi (12 km)

Cause of Establishment:
In those days, the most ferocious battle of medieval times was fought between Bikaner and Jaisalmer. This battle was concluded with the victory of Jaisalmer. Maharawl Gajsinghji of Jaisalmer, he wanted to celebrate his victory. He, thorefore, constructed this temple.

Brief of the Diety:

It is said that the Goddess Bhadariyaji alis Swangiyaji and Ainaths were of a Charan family. There were already seven sisters and one brother in her family. The family of the mother had seven sisters and one brother. All these seven sisters and the brother Kshetrapal as idols have been installed here.

Religious sect to which the temple belongs:

The temple belongs to the Shakta cult of Hindus.

Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:

The architecture of the temple is in the Nagar style of architecture, but the surprising thingh is the absence of Shikhar on the temple. In apperance, the temple looks ordinary, but it is wonderfully strong in its build. The temple is situated on a high mound to which there runs a flight of steps.

Material of Construction:

Locally available material such as sandstone and lime have been used in the construction.

Total Construction Time: It took two years to build the temple.
Religious aspects of temple:

The temple belongs to the Shakta sect, but all Hindus worship the temple. The pooja ceremony is punctually performed everyday. According to the practices of Shakta cult, the Goddess is taken to be symbol of power.

Unique features of the temple:

The temple stands on a high mound. At the time of construction of the temple as back as 1.25 lac bigha land was declared Sasan (Oran) under the temple. It was considered to be the most sacred and even leaves and twigs were not permitted to be taken away. In this land, hunting is totally prohibited. The mother goddess is an embodiment of power. Even the prisoners whomake an entry into this land are treated properly.

Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):

There are four fairs held. Bhadwa in the Navratras of Ashwin and Chaitra. Again two fairs are organized in the bright half of Magha. The lacs of people come to attend this fair.

Morning Time: 5.00 am

Evening Time:

10.00 pm
Custom & Traditions of Temple:

As has been said, the temple belongs to the Shakta cult, so predominantly the belivers in Shakta cult come to pay their first homage after marriage to the mother goddess and mundan ceremony of the newly borne children is also held here. In the main temple, only sweets and coconuts are offered but in a place nearby animal sacrifices and wine are also offered to deity.

Details of Temple:
Sanctorum: 20x20
Rasoi: 1
Vandana (If any particular) in text:
Here the devotees sing the prayers to mother Amba.
Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:

The temple has played a great role in preserving customs and traditions of the Shakta cult. Just by this temple, world's biggest desert University has been built with the objective of making the learners self independent and eco-friendly. They will be given education to be competent to have self constructing the world's biggest library here. This library should also be made for wide publicity of this temple.

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