Dhanop Mata temple

Dhanop Mata temple

Rajasthan, the land of legendary kings and brave warriors, has a number of tourist spots which include forts, palaces, lakes and temples. One of such beautiful temple is the Dhanop Mata temple.
Dhanop is a region located 30 kms away from Shahpura in Bhilwara district. During the digging at several occasions, excavators have found the remains of clay utensils and stone equipment at this place. The residents have found out some artistic statues while digging which indicates that Dhanop was a prosperous city in ancient times. The remains if the statues show the presence of the city in somewhere around 5th and 6th century.
There is a temple of the goddess on the hill at Dhanop. The inauguration plate on the temple mentions that the temple was inaugurated on Vikram Samvat 912 in the month Bhadra. So the temple is almost 1100 years old. Due to the location in the Dhanop region, it is referred as goddess Dhanop’s Temple. goddess Sheetala is the presiding deity of the temple. Rajasthan being a religious state the natives are simple and believe in divine power of goddess.
There is a Neem tree in the compound; people tie a sacred piece of clothes with their wish and believe that this will fulfill their wishes. The idol of goddess Sheetala is constructed from black stone with sindoor painted on it. The walls of the inner sanctum are also black colored and have patches of sindoor on it. The ceiling of the inner sanctum sports some artistic floral paintings. In the year vikram samvat 921 Raja Dhundhmar and his army camped at this site while they were returning from Hadauti. King Dhundhmar worshipped the goddess in the temple. Until then the name of the whole region was Tambavati, which was later changed to Dhanop by King Dhundhmar.
The temple has idols of the goddess in five forms: Annapurna, Ashtbhuja, Chamunda, Bisbhuja and Kalika. There is a big dome over the temple and a statue of a lion. On the right side of the sanctum is the temple of Aughadnath while on the left side is the temple of Shiva-Parvati, Kartikeya, Riddhi-Siddhi Ganesh and Chausath (64) Joganis. It is believed that hall of the temple was constructed during the rule of King Prithviraj Chauhan. The peace treaty after the war with King Jaychand (Ruler of Kanauj) was done at this place, Dhanop.
A public fair is held here during the festival of Navratra. People from distant cities come here to enjoy the fair and to worship the goddess. The priests are appointed for two months and after every two months, the priests are changed. There is a rule for priests that he cannot visit his hometown during that period.
Another big reason to visit Dhanop’s Sheetla mata temple is the marvelous colorful construction. The pillars and walls of this temple are bright red colored while the roof is shiny white colored. The floor is made up of checkered marble tiles. The art of the temple is eye catching and must watch.
The Dhanop Mata temple is a must to visit the temple while travelling Bhilwara. The temple has the effect of positivity in the atmosphere. Devotees feel blissful and sit to feel the peace. The architecture of the temple is ancient but has not been affected by natural disasters through the long span of time.
How to reach
Dhanop mata temple is reachable road ways. Regular road service from Bhilwara, Ajmer, Shahpura and Bijainagar provides direct link between the city and village. You can either take Rajasthan Roadways or privately operated bus or hire a taxi to avoid any hassle. The road distance between Bhilwara and Dhanop is 84 km. Nearest railway station is Bijainagar.

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