Kol Kandoli Temple, Nagrota
Oct 08, 2016
Kol Kandoli Mata falls under the category of the religious places which are held under high regards by the people of the state and is semantically similar to Mata Vaishno Devi.The calm and satisfying aura of the place soothes the mind and body.
Kol Kandoli Temple is located in Nagrota city in Jammu & Kashmir state. The temple is approximately 14 km away from Jammu. Mata Vaishno Devi is considered to be the presiding deity of this temple and thus established in the form of a pindi. The temple comes way before Mata Vaishno Devi shrine so those visiting Katra can stopover at Kol Kandoli Mata. The temple was also famous by the name of "Nagraj".
Kol Kandol Mata derived its name from two words- Kol and Kandoli. "Kol" refers to the "bowl" whereas "Kandoli" refers to the marbles.
Traditional tale throws light on the story of Kol Kandoli Mata. It is said that Mata Vaishno appeared at this place when she was 5 years old and later did penance here for about 12 years, after which she was settled here in the form of a pindi. People believe that the goddess herself appeared at this place and played marbles with the local girls.
It is said that during the penance, goddess performed many havans for the peace of the world. Following which, Mahamaya presented silver bowls four times and then about 36 different types of food prepared and later served in the silver bowls to almost 330 million deities.
Afterwards, when the goddess tried to shook the bowls, water started coming out which all the gods and goddesses drank. Following which, a well was made near inside the temple premises in the memory of the goddess.
Inside the temple complex, there is another temple known as Gandeshwari Jyoti Linga. The temple is known to be there since Mahabharat times and is said to be built by Panadavas. According to one of the popular legends, once when Bheema felt thirsty and looked around for water but could not find anything except despair, then Mahamaya came to his rescue and offered water to him using the bowl. Since then, the place is believed to have magical powers so people from different parts of the region throng the temple on various occasions. A well is also known to be constructed inside the temple premises in remembrance of the Goddess.
The devotees are allowed to seek blessings and placate their worries from 5 a.m. to 9.pm. The temple is adorned with beautiful flowers and colourful lights especially during Navratras and Durga Puja. People even suggest that the left over ashes of the flowers used for the decoration can be used to cure skin problems.
Visit the temple in Navratras and seek blessings and support from the Goddess.