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Jalandhara-peeth

Jalandhara-peeth

Jalandhara-peeth is a holy place, not far from Jvalamukhi-peeth (Himachal-pradesh), where Jalandharnath practiced. Often these peeths are defined as one whole.

Here is the story of the origin of Jvalamukhi-peeth:

After Sati, in the famous legend of Dakshi yajna, threw herself into the fire and committed suicide, Shiva, being in mourning, wore her body on her shoulder, and Vishnu cut the body into pieces with sudarshana-chakra. After that, each part of the body fell into different places in India, where the Shakti-peeth appeared, and the corresponding to them Yogini Goddesses. The face of Sati fell in Himachal-Pradesh, in the southern part of the Kangra valley. From the face (mukha), the flame (jvala) was emanating, and there appeared such aspect of Devi as Jvalamukhi (goddess with a fiery face). In that place, from the earth, in a natural manner fire comes out. There are only nine fires, they are considered as the Nine aspects of Jvalamukhi. Many Hindu consider this place as a great miracle.

For Nathas, this place is known, in the first place, because of the story connected with Gorakshanath. When he performed parikram, and one day he came to Jvaladevi-shakti pith, where he received the blessing from the Goddess Jvala, she offered him non-sattvic food (however, prasad), and also cooked on fire (many sannyasins do not take such food either). Gorakshanath said that he would take food from Jvala in the form of jnana, and that would be enough, or only rice, and did not accept "prasad". He went to Manpur and began to collect bhiksha, but no one sacrificed anything to him. Then he sat in a forest near the city and began to practice tapasya; from the heat of his tapas there was a drought around. When the inhabitants realized that it was not a simple Yogin, they brought him rice (anna), and in the village came prosperity. The city was subsequently named in honor of Gorakshanath (Gorakhpur).


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