Guwahati, 9 October 2019: 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.
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.
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