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Jhunjhunu Rani Sati Temple epitomizing legendary sacrifice

Rajasthan women are as brave as the queens. The primeval Rani Sati temple located in the heart of Jhunjhunu city of Rajasthan core out the belief in dying for chastity. The temple was constructed more than 400 years back in time during 19th century. The temple is dedicated to Rani Sati, who was a woman of the local area and set herself on fire after her husband’s death.
Rani Sati whose original name was Narayani Devi is commonly referred as Dadiji by her worshippers. The Rani Sati temple is one of the oldest pilgrimages in India which is famous for the extraordinary paintings in the temple, of course after the tale of legendary sacrifice.
Legend of love and sacrifice
The tale of the temple is very interesting and symbolizes the bravery of Narayani Devi. It is about Narayani and Abhimanyu. The story dates back to the time of Mahabharata. She was born blessed by Lord Krishna to Gurusamal at Dokwa in Rajasthan, he named his daughter Narayani. Abhimanyu was born as the son of Jaliram in Hissar and was named Tandhan. During Mahabharat period Narayani wished to marry Abhimanyu.
Tandhan (Abhimanyu) and Narayani were happily married until the eye of King’s son fell on the beautiful horse possessed by Tandhan. The King’s son asked Tandan to hand him over the horse, but he denied politely. Due to the denial, the King’s son planned to acquire the horse forcefully and challenged Tandan for a fight. Tandhan fought bravely and won the battle; the King’s son was killed. The King of Hissar was enraged by the killing of his son asked Tandhan for a battle. In the clash the King killed Tandhan in front of Narayani. With the killing of her husband, Narayani entered the battlefield and challenged the king for a fight which she successfully won. The fight resulted in King’s death. Narayani then asked Ranaji, who was the caretaker of the beautiful horse to arrange the rituals with the help of which she can set fire to her and become sati with the pyre of her husband. As Ranaji helped Narayani to fulfill her wish, she blessed him that for ages to come people will remember his name and will also be worshiped with her and therefore later she became known as Rani Sati and since then is worshipped.
Unblemished Belief in Rani Sati ‘Dadiji’
The temple is always flooded with local devotees as well as from other states any day of the year. The extraordinary fact about this temple is that there is no idol or painting of a god or goddess in the temple. Instead, there is a Trishul (trident) which represents power and force. The Trishul is worshiped by the followers. There is a beautiful painting of Rani Sati in the Pradhan Mand. The temple is made of white marble. Your rolling eyes will surely stick to its beautiful wall paintings which covers entire shrine. There is a red flag fluttering at the top of the temple. The complex also has temples of Lord Hanuman, Goddess Sita, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Devotees believe that the blessings of Rani Sati can help them overcome troubles of life and help them get success in every walk of life.
There are two elaborate aartis performed in the temple twice a day: Mangala Aarti means the aarti performed early in the morning when the temple is opened, and Sandhya Aarti means the aarti performed in the evening at Sunset. A special puja is held at Bhadra Amavasya, which is the 15th day of the dark part of the Hindu month of Bhadra. The day of Bhadra Amavasya holds a special importance in the history of Rani Sati Temple.
How to reach Rani Sati temple
Rani Sati temple is located in Jhunjhunu. While the Sanganer airport Jaipur is the nearest airport (184 km), the town has regular bus and train service from Shekhawati region as well as other corners of the country. One can opt for two routes from Delhi, first, via Singhana-Pacheri & Narnaul (250 km) or second, via Singhana-Khetri & Narnaul (260 km).

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