Sundha Mata temple, a 900 old temple dedicated to Chamunda
Devi, is located atop a hillock known as `Sundha.` It is located in Jalore District
in the Indian state
at longitude 72.367°E and Latitude 24.833°N. The pilgrimage centre is located at a distance of 64 kms from Mount Abu
and is 20 kms away from the town of Bhinmal
Geography of Sundha Mata Temple
Sundha Mata Temple, perched on top of Sundha Mountain in the Aravalli Mountain Range
, is positioned at a height of 1220 metres height. Deemed to be one of the most sacred pilgrimage centres of the town, the temple is located at a distance of 105 kms from the district headquarter and 35 kms away from the sub divisional Bhinmal. Sundha Mata Temple lies in Raniwara Teshil in the mid-east of Malwara to Jaswantpura Road near Dantlawas village. Set in the midst of scenic beauty, the temple and its environs enthral the heart of the devotees visiting the temple. The resonating sound of the waterfall located nearby captivates the attention of the tourists.
Architecture of Sundha Mata Temple
Sundha Mata Temple, a repository of the outstanding art forms, is evolved of white marble. The elaborately carved pillars of the temple augment the charm of the pilgrimage centre that enshrines the idol of the deity under a huge stone. The shrine worships the head of goddess Chamunda. As per a common belief the trunk of mother Chamunda is established in Korta and her holy feet in installed in Sundarla Pal (Jalore). A BhurBhuva Swaweshwar Shivlinga has been established in front of the deity. Besides, the temple also houses the idol of Lord Shiva
and Lord Ganesha
The historical traits of the temple and the region can be traced by the three ancient inscriptions engraved on the temple. The first inscription dates back 1262 A.D. that narrates about the victory of the Chauhans and defeat of the Parmaras. The second inscription is from 1326 while the third inscription dates back to 1727.
Sundha Mata Temple celebrates the Navaratri
and several other festivals on a grand scale drawing devotees from far off places. Regular buses services are available from Palanpur, Deesa and from other places for the temple. Of late, ropeway service has been initiated to facilitate climbing the Sundha Mountain, thus, making the journey easier and comfortable for the pilgrims.