Sunday, 16 June 2019

Maa Sharda Temple - The Identity of Maihar

Tourist Places in Maihar
Shri Sharda Devi Mandir Maihar
In India, the very popular and only ancient temple of Goddess Saraswati is situated in the Maihar city. Maihar is a town of Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, a State of India. Maihar city is mainly famous for Maa Sharda temple in all over India. Maa Sharda Devi is another name of Goddess Saraswati. Maa Sharda Devi is popularly known as ‘Maihar waali mata’ in the Maihar and called as ‘Maa Sharda Maihar wali’. Maa Sharda temple also famous with various names in Maihar such as Maihar Devi Mandir, Maa Sharda Mandir, Maa Sharda Mandir Maihar wali, Maa Sharda Dham, etc.

Maa Sharda temple is the Identity of Maihar city. As per saying, Goddess Sati necklace fell down on this place on the Trikuta Mountains so this place gets its name as Maihar. Shri Sharda Maa temple is a very famous Hindu pilgrim place which is situated on the Trikuta Mountains top about 238 meters (780 feet) height.

History of Maa Sharda Temple

Maa Sharda temple history is very old and related to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. As per Hindu mythologies mention in Ved, Puranas. King Daksha Prajapati's daughter wanted to marry Lord Shiva but King Daksha not like Lord Shiva and against this marriage. So against his father wish Goddess Sati married with Lord Shiva.

Once King Daksha Prajapati organized a huge Yagya and invited to everyone but not invited to his daughter (Goddess Sati) and Lord Shiva. So Goddess Sati was very hurt and asked for the reason for his father's decision, King Daksha use bad words for Lord Shiva. Angry by this insult, Sati jumped into the altar of Yagya and gave his life.

When Lord Shankar came to know about this, his third eye opened and he lifted the body of Goddess Sati from the Yagna Kund and lifted it on the shoulder and started dancing angrily. That time Goddess Sati's Neckless fell down on the Trikuta Mountains in Maihar. For the good of the universe, Lord Vishnu divided the body of Mata Sati into 52 parts. Wherever Mata Sati's limbs fell, Shakti Peethas were formed.

As per records of Shilalekh (Inscription) of the tenth century, Maa Sharda Devi Mandir was established by the Adi Guru Shankaracharya about 2000 years ago in Maihar. Then Adi Guru Shankaracharya firstly worshiped the Maa Sharda Devi in Maihar. The temple of Maa Sharda Devi is about 522 BC and it is said that on the Chaturdasi on 522 BC, Nripal Dev had established Samavedi here, since then, the period of worshiping began in Trikuta Mountain. In the historical documents, there is evidence of the fact that the 539 (522 BC) Chaturdashi of the Chaitra Krishna Prabhu was founded by Nripaldev as the Samavedi Devi.

Maa Sharda Dham and Narasimha Peeth

Maa Sharda Dham also is known as Narasimha Peeth because there is about 1500 years old statue of Lord Narshimha is established from 1500 years ago. But very few peoples know about that and peoples mainly visit the Maa Sharda temple and returned back.

On the Trikuta Mountain other than Shri Sharda Devi temple other Gods temples and statues also available for the devotees to visit them. Such as Lord Hanuman, Shri Kaal Bhairav, Devi Kaali Maa, Shri Gauri Shanker, etc.

Maa Sharda Temple is Shaktipeetha or Not?

Maa Sharda's devotees consider Maa Sharda Temple as Shaktipeetha but it is not a Shaktipeetha.  As per the description in the Hindu's mythologies, a Shaktipeetha is considered that place where Goddess Sati body parts fell down on the Earth. But as per legends at the place of Maa Sharda temple, Goddess Sati's neckless was fall down. You will also not found the name of Maa Sharda temple in the list of 51 Shaktipeeths of Maa Durga. Maihar Temple is not a Shaktipeeth, yet the belief of the people is so strong that during the year, daily thousands to lakhs of the devotees come here for the mother's vision.

Many peoples ask a question that 'Maihar me kitni siddhi hai'. Then as per my opinion Maa Sharda Devi temple Maihar is not a Shaktiapeeth but also not less than a Shaktipeetha. So if you want something from the Maihar Mai Sharda Devi and you pray for it from the true heart then you will definitely get it very soon.

Firstly worship of Maa Sharda by Alha

Maa Sharda Maihar images
Shri Sharda Devi Temple Maihar view from Alha temple
The purity and specialty of this temple can only be estimated by the fact that even now, the Alha arrives in the morning to worship Sharda Mai Maihar waali. Mahant Pandit Devi Prasad of the Maihar temple explains that still the first makeup of the mother is done by Alha and when the doors of the Sharda temple are opened in Brahma Muhurta. Alha already worshiped Maa Sharda and flowers of lotus found at the feet of Maa Sharda.

That's why every night during 02:00 am to 05:00 am Maa Sharda Devi temple closed and no one to allowed to go inside at that time duration. As per sayings, the person who tries to stays during in night inside the Maa Sharda temple found dead in the morning.

Timing of Maa Sharda Temple

Maa Sharda Maihar temple timings start from 05:00 am in the morning to 08:00 pm in the evening. Temple is closed for one hour in the afternoon and fully closed in the night from 02:00 am to 05:00 am for three hours when Maa Sharda's ultimate devotee Alha came for the worship of Maa Maihar Devi.

Maa Sharda Maihar Temple open timings
  • Morning- 05:00 am to 01:00 pm
  • Evening- 02:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Maa Sharda Maihar Temple close timings
  • Afternoon - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
  • Night- 02:00 am to 05:00 am
Maa Sharda Devi Ki Aarti Timing

Daily two times Aarti of Maa Sharda Devi is done by the priest of the Maa Sharda Temple. In the morning at 05:00 am and in the evening at 07:00 pm.

Best Time to Visit Maa Sharda Temple

Best time to reach Maa Sharda temple is morning. At that time you will easily reach the temple and climb on the stairs easily. In the morning everyone energetic and fresh. For visiting any temple morning time is best. So devotees start the climbing on the stairs in the early morning from 04:00 and within 40 minutes they reach to the Maa Sharda Dham. At 05:00 am first Aarti of Maa Sharda starts and devotees do not want to late for Maa Sharda Devi Darsan during the Aarti.

Best time to visit Maa Sharda Dham Maihar with respect to the season starts from the October to March which is mainly winter season. You can avoid also December or January due to the chilled environment. Summer from May to June is not advisable for climbing on the mountain where a thousand stairs are there.

As per Hindu festivals, the best time to go Maa Sharda temple is during the Navratri. Chaitra Navratri, Asvin Navratri, Diwali, Hindus New Year, Sarasvati Puja, etc. are the time when lots of Maa Sharda Devi devotees want to Darsan of Maa Sharda. At this time devotee’s numbers is reached up to lakhs per day.

Visiting Time Duration of Maa Sharda Temple

Last time when I visited then there is more than 500 stairs which were now renovated and converted to 1063 new small stairs. Every step is marked with a number. So it becomes easily climbable and countable for those who have a problem to climb on stairs. For climbing 1063 stairs you spend maximum time 40 to 50 minutes.

If not much crowd is there at the Maa Sharda Dham you will get Darshan in 20 to 30 minutes. If the crowd is there and you reached there in any Hindu festival then time will be increased. If you use ropeway time will be saved but there will be also a long queue for ropeway so you have to also wait for your turn. I personally visited the Maa Sharda temple during February (winter) in total 2-3 hours and in May (Summer) in 1-2 hours by stairs.

Facilities at Maa Sharda Temple
  • There is a washroom facility.
  • Drinking water is available at many places. Such as on the way and near the temple.
  • The ropeway is there for those peoples who are unable to go to the Maa Sharda Mandir by stairs.
  • Parking space is there, you can park your two or four wheelers here.
  • There are lots of permanent shops for various items mainly related to Prasad, religious and household items where you can do shopping.
How to Reach to Maa Sharda Temple

Maihar Devi how to reach
Entry Gate of Maa Sharda Mandir Maihar
Maa Sharda Maihar Temple is approximately 7 km far from the Maihar bus stand. Maihar station to Maihar Devi temple is approximately 5 km far away. If you take shared auto it will take only 10 rupees per person for the Maihar station to Maihar temple. For reaching up to Maa Sharda temple two ways available. First stairs and road. Second ropeway.

By Trains
Maihar is about 350 km from the Lucknow and approx 800 km far away. I visited Maihar many times by train Chitrakut Exp. (15205) from Lucknow. Train Chitrakut Exp. starts in the evening at 17:30 from Lucknow and reached Maihar at 04:05 am which is the best time to reach there. If you want to go from Delhi then you will get a direct train Mahakosal Exp. from H Nizamuddin station at 16:00 pm and you will reach Maihar at 07:00 am next day morning. Maihar railway station is located at Mumbai Howrah main broad gauge railway line and has good connectivity between other Indian cities such as Satna, Jabalpur, Annuppur, etc. by trains. From Mumbai, there are seven trains that stop at Maihar railway station at different time intervals.

By Bus
If you want to go by bus then you will get a direct bus for Maihar from nearby main cities such as Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Nagpur, Rewa, etc. You will get also Valvo Bus from major cities such as Allahabad, Varanasi, etc. Some of the Buses do not go to direct Maihar so you can go to Satna then from Satna to Maihar many buses available. Satna to Maihar is only 40 km and one hour journey.

By Airplanes
Maihar is approx 140 km from Khajuraho Airport and about 170 km from the Jabalpur but I will recommend that if you want to come by flight you come to Jabalpur. You will easily get flights for Jabalpur city than Khajuraho.

By own Vehicle
If you are living in the nearby area then going to Shri Sharda Maa Maihar Temple by own vehicle will be also a good idea.

Where to stay near Maa Sharda Temple

There are lots of hotels and Dharamshalas near the railway station and the Maa Sharda temple area. You can pick anyone as per your pocket. There are lots of Sulabh Shauchalaya near the temple area where devotees take bath and get fresh. Maihar city is totally tourist base place so you will get lots of lodges and hotels at reasonable prices.

Mundan at Maa Sharda temple

Maa Sharda Maihar waali ka Mandir
Mundan Ceremony at Maa Sharda Temple Maihar
Local and nearby cities Maa Sharda Devi devotees come here for Mundan of their small kids. In Hindus, Mundan ceremony is very special and celebrated at mainly religious places. The facility of Mundan is organized by the Maa Sharda Devi Mandir Prabandh Samity. They charge 100 rupees per person for Mundan.

Address of Maa Sharda Temple

Maa Sharda Temple
Sahilara, Maihar, Dist. Satna
Madhya Pradesh, India. Pin–485771

Shri Sharda Devi Temple Ropeway

Maa Sharda Mandir Ropeway Maihar
Ropeway at Maa Sharda Mandir Maihar
The ropeway starts in the morning after 07:00 am but the queue for ropeway starts earlier. Maa Sharda temple ropeway ticket price is 83 rupees for adult and 71 rupees for kids up to 10 years. The time will be in ropeway to reach the Shri Sharda Devi temple is about 7 to 9 minutes only. If the weather is not good and bee attacked, then ropeway service will stop and no refund will be given.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • There are many water taps on the way of temple. But I will recommend you must carry a water bottle with you.
  • Carry Prasad in your hands carefully, monkeys can snatch your edible items or Prasad.
  • Purchase the Prasad as per your wish and don't purchase many unnecessary items recommended by local Prasad sellers.
  • Don't trust blankly on the auto drivers. They send you their particular shops, lodge, hotels, and Prasad shops.
  • Whole coconuts not allowed in Prasad. You can use crushed coconut in Prasad to offer Maa Sharda Mai. At the starting point of temple stairs, the temple's persons will break your coconut by the machine.
  • Be careful in the queue of the temple, from the pocket pickers and chain snatchers.
  • Footwear’s or slippers not allowed in the temple. Devotees go there with barefoot from the starting point of the stairs of the temple. But you can use socks.
  • If you want to purchase Maihar temple's images then there are many Prasad shops has various types of Maa Sharda temple images available they sell it at a reasonable price.
  • Camera and photography not allowed inside the Maa Sharda temple.
  • Food items are not available at the Maa Sharda Dham campus. If you want to take some snacks after Darshan of Maa Sharda you have to carry it.
Nearby Tourist Destinations to Maa Sharda Dham Maihar

Tourist Places in India
Tourist Places in Maihar
Maihar city is full of tourist place and religious tourist spot famous in all over India some of its major tourist places are listed below you can visit them if you have sufficient time.
  • Alha Udal Akhada
  • Alha Mandir
  • Bada Akhada Mandir
  • Gola Math Mandir
  • Badi Maai Mandir
  • Oyila Mandir
  • Rampur Baag Mandir
  • Chandi Mata Ka Prachin Mandir
  • Gayetri Saktipeetha
  • Baba Talab
  • Bhadanpur Hanuman Mandir
  • Dulha Dev Mandir
  • Baba Allauddin Khn Makbara

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