Shah Family Blog

Monday, February 20, 2006

Well, this February 20 already and I do not have airlines tickets booked, yet. But have made good progress in finding info on how to go to the darshan and blessings of Shree Laxmi Chandrala Parmeshwari - Hinglaj Mata. You may know that Hinglaj (Hingula) is one of the 52 Shaktipeeths. It is in Baluchistan, about 170 miles North of Karachi, Pakistan - near Quetta.

Little background on Shaktipeeths:
Vedas says that the entire Universe is a creation of Shakti (power). Shakti created Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva. She is known by many different names as she took different forms to right the wrongs that were happening on the Earth. She is known as Durga, Kali, Hingula, Amba and so on.

King Daksha's daughter Sati was married to Lord Shiva. Once when the King went to a function where all the Rishi's got up to greet him but Lord Shiva was in meditation and did not notice the King. King Daksha felt insulted. So when King Daksha had a Yagna, he did not invite Lord Shiva. Sati found out about the Yagna and wanted to go. Lord Shiva explained that we did not get an invitation and should not go. Sati insisted that King being her father may have made a mistake and she would go and talk to the King and fix the invitation. Despite Lord Shiva's explanation Sati went and found out that King Daksha did not invite Lord Shiva and it was not a mistake. Recognizing that she did not listen to Lord Shiva and got Shiva another insult; she felt very sad and ashamed and she jumped in the fire of the Yagna.

When Lord Shiva came to know what had happened he came to the Yagna and was angry. He did his Tandav Dance, as Natraj, with Sati's body in his hands. Sati's body parts fell on different parts of the Earth and those places became known as Shaktipeeth (place were Sati or Shakti resides).

Hinglaj Shaktipeeth on the riverbank of river Hingol is where Sati's head fell and the temple is in a cave there. It is considered as one of the very important Shaktipeeth where even Gorakhnath (of Nav Nath) had prayed to Chandrala Parmeshawari. Near this place is, supposedly, world's largest Mud Volcano!

Bhupenbahi's friend Mr. Khalibhai who is MD of Getz Pharma has been very kind to me and has helped with information about the travel from Karachi to Hinglaj and has offered to get me a car and a person to accompany me to the Hinglaj. HE has kindly sent us pictures taken at the Hinglaj. I also came across on the Internet some pictures taken in September 2005 by a group of Karachi Offroaders track club. I have attached here some of these pictures. I am VERY excited and am eagerly looking for the Darshan and the blessings of Mataji in March 2006.

Please see the attached pictures taken by the Offroaders Club and Khalidbhai's set of pictures.

http://offroadpakistan.com/pictures/hingol_2005/