Monday, January 25, 2010

Mata Lal Devi Temple

I hadn't heard of the Mata Lal Devi Temple before. I only came to know of it in when I was in Amritsar, and people told me that it was a must see. So, right after visiting the Golden Temple in the morning, I made my way through the bustling streets of Amritsar to visit this beautiful temple.

The temple does not have the typical gopuram structure, and looks very simple from the outside. It is the interiors that capture your attention. You can find all kinds of deities here, of all sizes, and what is most striking about them is their facial features. I think most deities in North Indian Hindu temples tend to have large eyes, and are very human like, unlike those in South India, where very often, the deities are made out of black stone or metal.

The most interesting and fun part about this temple is the way you actually visit it. It somewhat seemed as though I was walking through a maze. A maze of mirrored walls, filled with colorful flowers and bells. At one point, you even have to crouch and crawl through a narrow tunnel filled with water. As you crawl, you get to see many deities. I saw so many types of Shiva Lingams, a statue of Brahma (which is quite rare), and several Godesses like Saraswathi and Kali. I did not really come across any priest, so I just ended up praying on my own.

While visiting this temple was a spiritual experience for me, I also had so much fun going from one point to another. Wherever you turn, there is some God or Goddess watching you. Best of all, there weren't many people at all, so I really found my time there to be very peaceful.

Now, you know you shouldn't skip this temple if you go to Amritsar. Along with the Attari-Wagah border and the Golden Temple, it is such a beautiful experience, that will stay on in my mind forever.


DVD said...

True, this temple was fantastic and very unique !!! A must see !!!

Ravipa said...

We will certainly visit this temple when we visit Amritsar in Feb 2010. My only doubt is whether I can do the crawling that Preethi claims she did.....

DVD said...

No worries... the crawling is so unique that you will do whatever it takes to bend down and go around the temple !!!

Anonymous said...

This is all because of poojya mata ji we have no words to describe her spritual powers i spent my 19 yaers of life under the shadow of mata jihere at amritsar temple&hardwar temple bol sache darbaar ki jai,, mata ji jiha guru nahin je labhna te sant warga sant this is my experience with truth { bobby pardip sindra}


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