About Sundha Mata Temple
Sundha Mata temple is a nearly 900-year-old temple of the Mother goddess situated on a hilltop called Sundha, located in Jalore District of Rajasthan. It is 64 km from Mount Abu and 20 km from the town of Bhinmal.
At 1220 m height in the Aravalli ranges there on Sundha mountain is the temple of goddesses Chamunda Devi, a very sacred place for devotees. It is 105 km from district headquarters and 35 km from sub-divisional Bhinmal. This place lies in Raniwara Tehsil in the mid-east of Malwara to Jaswantpura Road near Dantlawas village.
Many tourists from Gujarat and Rajasthan visit this place. The environment here is fresh and attractive. The waterfalls flow year-round and the hotel at the valley made of yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer attracts everyone.
Sundha temple is made up of white marble, the pillars remind of the art of Abus’s Dilwara temple pillars. A very beautiful idol of the goddess Chamunda stands under the huge stone. Here Chamunda’s head is worshipped. It is said that the trunk of mother Chamunda is established in Korta and legs in Sundarla Pal (Jalore). In front of mother Chamunda, a BhurBhuva Swaweshwar Shivling is established. In the main temple, a duo idol of Shiva and Parvati Ganesh’s idol is considered very old and extinct.
In the temple premises, there are three historically significant inscriptions that highlight the history of the region. The first inscription is from AD 1262, which describes the victory of Chauhans and downfall of Parmaras. The second inscription is from 1326, and the third one is from 1727.
The Sundha inscriptions are of particular importance in a historical sense—like the Harishen inscription or Delhi’s Mehrauli pillar inscription. Sundha inscriptions throw light on the history of India.
In ancient days worship in this temple was done by “Nath Yogi’s”. Emperor of the Sirohi district gave the land of the “Sonani”, “Dedol” and “Sundha ki Dhani” villages to one of the Nath Yogi Rabad Nath Ji, who worshiped in Sundha Mata Temple at that time. After the death of one of the Nath yogi Ajay Nath Ji, no one was there to do the worship so Ram Nath Ji (Aayas of Mengalwa that time) was taken there to take the responsibility.
The land of Mengalwa and Chitrodi villages were given to these Nath Yogi’s in ancient days by the king of Jodhpur Maharaja Jaswant Singh. So Nath yogi of Mengalwa was called as “Aayas”. After the death of Ram Nath Ji, Badri Nath Ji, a pupil of Ram Nath Ji became Aayas at Sundha Mata temple and took the responsibility of worship. He also looked after the land of “Sonani”, “Dedol”, “Mengalwa” and “Chitrodi”.
As time passed, no one was there to do all the management, so trust (Sundha Mata Trust) was created to look after the temple and manage tourism.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Sundha Mata Temple is Ahmedabad (AMD)
By Train: Nearest Station is Jalore Railway station.
By Road: The distance between Jalore and Sundha Mata Temple is 63 km.