PPFA insists on revitalizing Hinglaj temple in Balochistan

Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), a northeast India based forum of nationalists insists on revitalizing Hinglaj Mata Mandir, a Shakti Peeth connected to Kamrup Kamakhya legends and urges the Union government in New Delhi to pursue the Balochistan authority for necessary measures.

Mentionable is that Hinglaj temple in a mountain cave on the bank of Hingol river inside Hingol National Park, which is adjacent to the Makran coast of Arabian Sea in the south-west of Pakistan, is a revered place for Hindus and thousands gather there to pray in front of Mother Goddess Shakti with rituals.

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In a recent conversation with the scribes at  Guwahati Press Club through video conferencing, Baloch nationalist leader Hyrbyair Marri mentioned about the temple, which is presently in a deplorable condition due to unwanted interferences of the Pakistan  Army. Marri, who is the president of Free Balochistan Movement, however, stated that Baloch nationals maintain high regard to the shrine even though the majority of them are Muslim, said a statement of PPFA. The temple has an idol of Goddess Shakti (Sati), daughter of Daksha Maharaj, who married Lord Shiva against her father’s wish. Mythology narrates that in an important Yagna, organized by proud king Daksha, Sati (Parvati) and Shiva were not invited, but she wanted to attend the rituals. Daksha humiliated Shiva like anything and facing the disgrace, Sati immolated herself.

Hinglaj temple

Hinglaj goddess at Hinglaj Mata Mandir

Angry Maheswar soon arrived there and cut Daksha’s head. Then Mahadev took Sati on his shoulder and started wandering with Tandava Nritya.

Then with an aim to douse Shiva’s rage, Lord Vishnu cut Sati’s mortal remains into 51 pieces through Sudarsan Chakra. Body parts of Sati fell in various localities on Earth and all locations are today regarded as shrines by Hindus.

It is believed that Sati’s head with Hingul (vermillion/sindoor) had fallen on the place (now under Balochistan) where the Hinglaj temple is located. The most sacred part (Yoni) fell on Nilachal hill of present-day Guwahati (then a part of Kamrup empire), where the famous Kamakhya temple is situated.

“We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a personal interest to enhance diplomatic efforts to revive the Hinglaj temple and pave easier ways for Indian pilgrims to visit the shrine. As the Baloch nationals are legitimately secular in nature, they may also be taken into confidence in fulfilling the mission,” concluded the PPFA statement.

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Nava Thakuria

Nava Thakuria is a Guwahati (North East India) based journalist, who contributes to News Hour and various other media outlets. He writes over various socio-political and environmental issues of North East India along with Bangladesh, Burma, Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal. One of his areas of interest is also the media and its development.
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