Ranked 33 among Places to Visit in Jodhpur
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Located at the end of Mehrangarh Fort, Chamunda Mata Temple is among the oldest and most revered temples in Jodhpur. The Goddess is considered the main deity of the inhabitants of Jodhpur and is regarded as the 'Isht Devi' or foremost goddess of the royal family. This holy temple attracts a lot of devotees and worshippers, especially during festivals of Dussehra and Navratri, and is considered a pilgrimage site among many Hindus. Legend says that the Goddess is hightly revered among the locals and the international devotees alike, as she protected Jodhpur by taking the form of an eagle and warning the villagers in time of safety measures. It is written in history that Rao Jodha brought the idol of the Goddess from its original residence at Mandore in 1460 and installed it at the fort with full religious proceedings.
Chamunda Devi temple is highly revered among devotees for its perceived ability to remove any obstacles. A lot of people also come here for the 'Manglik' pooja proceedings. It is a fine example of the connection between the daily life of the Rajput rulers and religion.
Getting to the temple is fairly easy as it is located at the ending point of Mehrangarh Fort. Once you land in Jodhpur by air r by railway, all you have to do is catch a taxi or a rick to reach this pilgrimage centre. If you wish to see the temple in all its resplendent and divine glory, please do visit it between the months of September - October when the auspicious nine nights of worshipping the Goddess (Navratri) and the festival of Dussehra fall.
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