Sri Ganapathi Satchidananda Swamiji visited the famous "JWAALA TEMPLE" on 20th March 2005 in Himachal Pradesh state in the Himalayas. Deciding suddenly on 19th afternoon to visit this famous shrine which is part of the Ashtadasha Shakti Peethas (18 seats of mother goddess), Sri Swamiji first flew to Kangra and from there drove to this shrine. The famous Shloka of Adi Sankara "Lankaayaam Shaankari Devi" mentions JAWAALAAYAAM VAISHNAVI DEVI - meaning Vaishnavi Devi in the Jwaala temple.
It is an unusual temple. There are no idols in the main shrine. Instead there are seven flames which have been burning since time immemorial. (click here to read Sri Swamiji's speech given in Delhi Ashrama upon returning from Jwaala temple on 20th March 2005). The flames are mystical. They are burning on rocks. It are quite unique. The flames which change colors from blue to light blue to crimson to deep red are about 6 to seven inches long. The Shrine has one main flame on the back wall. One on the left side wall, two on the off centre of the back wall and three in a pit in the centre of the shrine. Sri Swamiji had Darshana of all the flames. After the Darshan, Sri Swamiji sat near the central pit and performed Homa to one of the flames by offering Ghee with Homa spoons.