Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Maa Sharda Devi Devotee's Temple - Alha Dev Mandir

Alha aur Udal ki kahani
Alha Dev Mandir Maihar
Alha Dev Mandir is the second most famous tourist place in Maihar after the Maa Sharda Devi temple. Any tourist or devotee of Maa Sharda, who comes the first time to visit the MaaSharda Mandir also visit the Alha Dev temple. Alha Dev Mandir is about 2 km far from the Maa Sharda Devi temple. We can see Alha Dev Mandir easily from the Shri Sharda Devi temple.

Maa Sharda and Alha Temple in Maihar
Akhand Jyoti in the Alha Dev Mandir Maihar
In the Alha Dev Mandir, there is a big Khadau (wooden slipper) of Alha and his great sword kept safely. After seeing the Sandals of Alha in Alha and in Alha Udal Akhada you can imagine the huge size of Alha and Udal body. You can see the statue of Alha on the Alha Dev temple. Inside the temple also a big Shivling established. In the temple ground floor, there is an Akhand Jyoti is burning.

Who is Alha?

Alha and Udal were brothers and the reputed members of the 12th Century Chandel king Paramaldev's court. Both were kids of commander Deshraj. His mother name was Deval. His father was dead in the war. Then King Paramaldev took care of both brothers. Being young, both of these brothers became famous all over the world in bravery.

The adventures of these brothers have brightened the name of Mahoba. Both won many wars for their king. The war of these two brothers came from Prithviraj Chauhan, the then ruler of Delhi. Prithviraj Chauhan had to lose in the war. The stories of Alha and Udal very famous in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and sung by the local singers in the form of folk song.

Maa Sharda Devi and Alha

Alha was very devotional and religious also. He was a very devotee of Maa Sharda Devi. It is a legend that Alha discovered this Maa Shardaa temple in the forests of Triukuta Mountains and then did 12 years very hard Tapasya for Maa Sharda. Maa Sharda get very happy with Alha Tapasya and blessed to Alha for immortal. Alha used to call Goddess Saraswati as Sharda Mai that's why the temple was later famous as Sharda Mai Mandir. As per belief of peoples, even today Alha come to worship the goddess of Goddess Alha.

Alha Talab and Alha Akhada

worship of Maa Sharda by Alha
Alha Talab with full of Lotus Flowers
There is a big pond at the backside of the Alha Dev temple known as Alha Talab. It is said that, every day Alha came here in night and take bath in this pond and used this pond flowers in the worship of Maa Sharda Devi. At the half km from the Alha Dev temple, there is an Alha Udal Akhada where both brother practices of wrestling. Alha Udal Akhada is very spacious.

Tourist Places in Maihar Satna
Alha Udal Akhada in Maihar
Timing of Alha Dev Mandir

Alha Deo temple opens in the morning at 05:00 am and closed in the evening at 07:00 pm. So you can easily visit anytime as per your convenience at the temple.

Best Time to Visit Alha Dev Mandir

As I already mentioned in my post - Maa Sharda Devi Temple Maihar, devotees come here at the Hindus religious festivals, especially during Navratri. So the best time will be from October to March.

Facilities at Alha Dev Mandir
  • Parking space is there to park your's two or four-wheeled vehicles.
  • Drinking water is available.
  • Prasad shop is available.
How to Reach Alha Dev Mandir

No one comes for especially for Alha Dev Mandir visiting. Everyone comes for Darsan of Maa Sharda Devi then he comes for the Alha Dev Mandir and Alha Akhada and Talab. You can read in my post the different ways to reach up to Maa Sharda temple Maihar. How to reach Maa Sharda Devi temple Maihar.

After reaching to Maa Sharda Devi Mandir, reaching to Alha Dev Mandir is not a big task. For the Alha Dev Temple and Alha Akhada, there is no direct bus or Auto or Vikram facility. You have to book an Auto they will charge 100 to 150 rupees from you and you can visit these places easily. Alha Dev Temple is only 2 km from the Maa Sharda Devi Temple in Maihar. So you can go on foot also If you want you will be reached only in 20 minutes.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • As per my recommendation when you will come the first time to visit the Shri Sharda Devi temple, you can also visit this great devotee of Maa Sharda temple.
  • Lotus flowers plucking from the Alha Talab is not allowed.
  • Bathing in Alha Talab also restricted.
  • Any type dirtiness not allowed in or in area of Alha Talab.
  • Camera and photography are not restricted so you can enjoy photography.

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