25th March, 2020
A major purpose of coming to today's industrial city Satna, situated on the banks of the river Tamas, is the vision of Maihar Mata Sharda, located about 44 km from here. These days, preparations for Chaitra Navratra are going on loudly in Maihar Devi i.e. Sharda temple. You will know interesting and important things related to this place.
The biggest feature of Maa Sharada temple at Maihar is believed to be the unbroken flame burning here since the Goddess is seated on the Trikuta mountain. A crowd of devotees gathers here to see this light. Along with Mata, Kaal Bhairav, Hanuman, Devi Kali, Durga, Gaurishankar, Sheshnag, Phoolmati Mata, Brahmadev and Jalpa Devi are also worshiped on this mountain top. This entire area is suitable for those seeking spiritual peace. Coming to this place can give spiritual pleasure.
Historicity of the temple
It is believed that the idol of Mata Sharda was established in Vikram Samvat 559. The inscription is also inscribed in the Devanagari script on the statue. It is said that only Damodar, son of Saraswati, will be called Vyas Muni of Kalyug. Eminent historian A Cunningham has researched this temple in detail. Sacrificial practice was practiced here since ancient times, but in 1922, the then king of Satna, Brajnath Judeo, completely banned animal sacrifice. On Chaitra Navratri, an average of 20 lakh devotees visit here on an average for 9 days and around 25 lakh devotees worship on the days of Sharadiya Navratri. Alha-Udal was also a devotee of Mother.
According to local legend, Maihar Devi is the only Sarada temple in the country. It is said that the brave warrior Alha of Bundlekhand got the blessing of immortality from here. It is said about this temple that Alha and Udal, who fought with Prithviraj Chauhan, were also devotees of Sharada Mata. Both of them first discovered this temple of Sarada Devi amidst the forests. After this, Alha pleased Goddess by doing austerities in this temple for 12 years and her mother blessed her. There is also an Alha-Udal pond near the temple.