Growing up in Nagpur, no Navratri is complete without a visit to the Koradi temple. The usually calm temple is bustling with energy during Navratri as thousands of devotees visit the shrine to seek blessings from Shri Mahalakshmi Jagadamba.
Colourful rangoli stalls, women selling garlands and fresh lotuses, and pooja thali sellers welcome you as you enter the temple premises. The Jagadamba temple situated 15 km north of Nagpur, at the banks of the Koradi lake, is said to be one of the 51 Shaktipeeths.
While the Koradi temple is a very popular shrine, very little is known about its history. This Navratri, we thought, why not explore the history of one of Nagpur’s landmarks.
Earlier Koradi was known as Jakhapur, the ruler of Jakhapur, king Jholan, had seven sons, but he was unhappy because he longed for a daughter. In order to please the Gods and request them to bless him with a daughter, he performed various yagyas; pleased with his tapashcharya, the Gods blessed him with a beautiful daughter. Seeing his daughter for the first time, the king felt as if Adi Shakti had manifested in the form of his daughter.
Once in a war when she accompanied the king, she had shown great justice towards the king as well as his opponents. While returning from the war, Jakhumai being the divine shakti decided to stop at the place where the sun would set. That place is regarded as Jakhapur (now Koradi). The moorti (idol) is believed to be 'Swayambhu'.
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The temple is surrounded by a Kund and Gomukh. There is a natural stream of cool water and rangoli stones around the temple.
During Navratri, devotees can visit the temple between 4 am and 10 pm and also be a part of the three Maha Aartis. For the past 24 years, the temple has been organizing an Akhand Jyot Prajwalan ceremony during Ashwin Navratri and Balipratipada.
Devotees believe that during Navratri if one observes the goddess throughout the day, she/he would notice that the goddess manifests in three different forms, a baby in the morning, kumarika in the afternoon and a mother in the evening.
Devotees also believe that Devi Jakhumai fulfills all the desires of her bhakts.
We live in a world full of terror and violence, this Navratri, we would like to pray to Adi Shakti for peace in the world.
“Ya devi sarva bhooteshu, shanti roopen sansthita
Namastasye namastasye, namastasye namo namah.”
All images are sourced from: koraditemple