Location: Jalandhar City, Punjab
A must visit place in Jalandhar, Devi Talab Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is believed to be at least 200 years old. Mata Tripurmalini Mandir is situated within the temple premises and is among the 51 Shakti Peethas of India.
Legends and history of this divine abode are associated with Maa Sati and how she sacrificed herself after her own father, Daksha had insulted Lord Shiva. It is said that her husband, Lord Shiva then opened his third eye in anguish and danced (performed tandav) with his wife’s body in his arms. In fear of the Lord’s anger and to save the Universe, Lord Vishnu dispatched his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’. As a result, Sati’s body was cut into pieces that scattered on earth and each of these portions of the earth that received these pieces were blessed and honoured and are known as Shakti Peethas. Mata Tripurmalini Mandir marks the spot that received Maa Sati’s right breast.
The old structure of the temple has been renovated and changed to how it looks today. New sections have also been added within the temple premises. There is a huge tank (called talab in Hindi), as old as the main temple and is the main attraction and reason why Devi Talab Mandir got its name. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali besides the main temple. Recently, a structure resembling the Amarnath Cave Temple has been added to the temple complex.
Besides faith and devotion, even the festivities bring visitors to the Devi Talab Temple. If you happen to visit Jalandhar in the month of December, do visit the temple and experience its annual “Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan”. You will be engrossed in divine jugalbandi (confluence) of both vocal and instrumental music.
Just a kilometer away from Jalandhar Railway station, the temple is approachable and easily accessible.