Jodhpur to Jaisalmer journey – direction board indicates Tanot Mata distance and I decided to tour.
Next day early morning 10:20 we driving towards temple via hired cab if not Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike. Driving solo within remote area maybe troublesome if Tyre got puncture. Windmill both sides of the road very impressive by Suzlon as we drive. I remember somewhere within Maharashtra maybe near Pune I saw few Windmill but was far from the road unable to watch closely and today I am driving very close to windmill – Hundreds in numbers.
JAL HAI TO KAL HAI
Border Roads Organisation important written message. Water is precious – we agree. Water bottles is must for this tour. Traffic is less. More we drive further less vegetation, less population only sand and dune both sides of the road. To drive within barren land I had in dream. Dream fulfilled. ‘Road’ starring Vivek Oberoi, Antara Mali, Manoj Bajpai few scenes within the movie was also shot within similar road condition – rewind memories as we drive. The drive will be remembered for always. Will say – if you are visiting Jaisalmer you should visit Tanot to experience desert where only road is man made rest is nature.
Two hours journey – 117 km of driving.
The driver park cab in front ofÂ Ghantayali Mata temple. Tanot is little far. We first stop here and then at Tanot temple – said the driver.
Summer: 4:30 am to 10:00 pm
Winter: 5:00 am to 9:30 pm
Hawan (holy ritual) – Thursday
Summer days the area must be very hot and winter very cold nights because all around as far as I can see is dune and sand. Living within such conditions is brave. After prayers, donation the wish was to know more about the temple. Priest of the temple directed us towards a close by location.
Broken idols and writings mentioning miracle of Goddess during 1965 war. Pakistan army men fired at their own army men believing as enemies. They became blind when they tried to open Goddess jewellery. They killed each other when few of their army men tried to stop others to break idols. And the story of Ghantayali mata – a boy saw the miracles of mata at this very place.
After reading and prayers we re-started journey further towards Tanot. Six km drive cab was parked.
Jaisalmer city to Tanot is 123 km approx. 2 hours 20 minutes journey.
ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU,
ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY.
Quote by John F. Kennedy welcomes you. We walk towards the temple remembering Wagah Border (Amritsar) ceremony saw few years ago.
Bhagwati Shree Aawd Devi ( Mata Tanot Rai ) was born on Tuesday 808 Vikram Samvat ( year 752 ) as first daughter of Mamdiya ji resident of Chelak. She showed many miracles and was also known as Nagnechi, Kale Dungar Rai, Bhojasari, Degrai.
847 Vikram Samvat Tanot last ruler King Bhati Tanurao laid the foundation of Tanot and 888 Vikram Samvat Tanot Fort and Tanot temple foundation was laid.
India – Pakistan 1965 war Pakistan dropped about three thousand shells within this area near temple and about 450 shells dropped within temple area but due to divine power all shells went blind and no damage was done. Goddess blessings again in the year 1971 soldiers fought bravely against Pakistan army sudden attack in Longewala and destroy Pakistan tanks, vehicles and won the battle.
Mata Shree Tanot Rai is having special importance for army, villagers and devotees. The temple is the crown of Jaisalmer situated at Tanot village – old capital of Bhati Rajputs.
A small museum displaying unexploded shells dropped by Pakistan army during war mentioning miracles of Goddess Shree Tanot and photographs from the war field. And
- BADA VYAKTI USE KAHA JATA HAI, JO CHOTA SE CHOTA BAN SAKE
- KISI KO BHI DUKH DIYE BINA JO KUCH KIYA JATA HAI WOH PRAGATI KEHLATI HAI
And many more..
Prayers and donations. A memorial at the temple entrance with details about 17 – 19 November 1965 Tanot war. I inquire – visiting border possible? Closed now-a-days for civilians – said army man.
Anyways, the tour is a mixture of three subjects: Nature, Temple and devotion.
I was hungry. A small canteen run by army man nearby. Tea and bread pakora we had. Very less tourist present maybe conveyance an issue.. While returning I saw vultures and few mud houses situated within barren land. Tough weather conditions but a home is a home.