Tanot- The border village located at a distance of 120 km from Jaisalmer is a site for reverence. It derives its name from the Goddess Tanot. Bharat Rajput made this place as the capital, and the temple is manned by him and people of the region as well as the surrounding areas. During the later stages, Bharat Rajput moved the capital to Jaisalmer, but the temple continued to be situated there. It can be one of the best places to visit if you are a spiritual person, so it is a must visit if you have planned a vacation in Jaipur or Jaisalmer. Though the surroundings of the temple are hot as it is located in the Thar region of Rajasthan. As a tourist, you are not allowed to go near the temple until and unless you have proper documentation procedures.
The divine power:
During the India-PakistanWar of 1965, the Pakistan army dropped several bombs in the temple and around the vicinity, but none of them exploded. The people there believed it is the grace of the Goddess Tanot. After the war, the management of the temple was taken over by the BSF. Till date, they control the gate of the temple. There is a museum in the temple that still has the collection of unexploded bombs by the Pakistan army.
According to the Indian census, there are 49 households and the population is around 492 people. Since this place is close to Pakistan border, it is prone to enemy attacks and the place is termed as infertile. The government of both the countries has planted land mines and innocent animals like cattle or goats are the worst sufferers in this regard. In fact due to the miracles of this god it is also known as “Jawano Ki Devi.” Hundreds of devotees come walking to this temple. TV sets have been set up outside the temple for devotees who cannot enter the temple during aarti. The crowd is increasing year after year, and this year BSF has gone on to make special arrangements.
How to reach?
From the city of Jaisalmer, the temple is around 153 kms. It takes around 2 hours to reach the temple. The road to the place is surrounded by sand mountains and dunes. During the summer months, the temperature reaches as high as 49 degree Celsius and the best time to visit this place is during the month of November to January. In the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, this is one of the must visit place. In the Hindi movie, Border glimpses of this desert can be seen. Choose the winter months to visit this place as the temperature will not be high. One can hire a cab from Jaisalmer, and the fare will not extend beyond Rs 2000. A point to be noted is that you are more likely than not to be cut away from the rest of the country as the mobile coverage is not there except BSNL. Even the public phone booths are not there.