SHILLONG:Soil and water from Meghalaya’s Jaiñtia Hills will be part of the historic building of Ram Temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the Ram Temple at Ayodhya on August 5.
The water was collected from two rivers – Myntdu and Myntang, and soil from Syntu Ksiar, Jowai and Nartiang.
A 600-year-old Durga Temple is located at Nartiang in the West Jaiñtia Hills district of Meghalaya.
This temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and is one of the holiest sites for devotees of the Shaktism sect of Hinduism.
A section of tribals in Jaiñtia Hills of Meghalaya, who are followers of Hinduism, believe that this temple is the permanent abode of Goddess Durga.
The temple draws a large number of pilgrims from all over the country on occasion of Durga Puja.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Gaurav Tiwari, who is the Pracharak for Jaiñtia Hills, said soil and water from Jaintia Hills are significant given the fact that Pnar people believe in Ram and Lakhan (Lakshman).
“Parents who gave birth to male twins, also accord the names as Ram and Lakhan,” Tiwari said.
According to Tiwari, half litre water was taken from Myntdu and Myntang, half kg soil was collected from Syntu Ksiar, Jowai and Nartiang.
Myntdu River is one of the major water bodies in West Jaintia Hills district, locally known as ‘ka Tawiar ka Takan’ (Our Guardian Angel) in the Pnar dialect.
“We collected the soil and water on Sunday, and the elements have been sent to Uttar Pradesh,” Tiwari said.
Urging everyone to take part in the building of Ram Temple, Tiwari said, “Some Christians also want to help in the construction of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. Some church leaders even want to visit Ayodhya. Therefore, the construction is not on religious lines.”
Tiwari informed that water and soil from all sections of India, besides Afghanistan, Indonesia, Tibet are being collected for building the grand and divine Ram Temple. Nartiang Durga Temple is a 600-year-old Durga Temple located in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, a state in North-Eastern India. This temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and is one of the holiest sites for devotees of the Shaktism sect of Hinduism. The tribal Hindus in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya believe that this temple is the permanent abode of Goddess Durga.The temple draws a large number of pilgrims from all over the country on occasion of Durga Puja. The Shakti of Nartiang Devi shrine is worshipped as Jayanti and the Bhairava as Kamadishwa.
The Nartiang Devi Temple is believed to be a Shakti Peetha, one of the most revered shrines of Shaktism as Shakti Peethas are Holy abodes of Parashakti. The Shakti Peethas have originated from the mythology of Daksha yagna and Sati’s self immolation Shiva carried the corpse of Sati Devi and 51 body parts of the corpse fell in the path He had wandered. Each temple has shrines for both Shakti as well as the corresponding male energy counterpart Kalabhairava. The “Shakti” of Nartiang Devi shrine is addressed as ‘Jayanti’ and the “Kalabhairava” as ‘Kamadishwar’. It is believed that Sati Devi’s left thigh had fallen here.
Devi’s left thigh is believed to have fallen at Nartiang in the Jaintia Hills. Hence the Goddess here is known as Jainteshwari. The Jaintia king Jaso Manik (1606–1641) had married Lakshmi Narayana, the daughter of the Hindu Koch king Nara Narayana. It is believed that it was Lakshmi Narayana who had influenced the Jaintia Royalty to embrace Hinduism. King Dhan Manik had made Nartiang the summer capital of the Jaintia Kingdom about 600 years ago. One night, the goddess appeared to him in a dream and informed him of the significance of the place and asked him to build a temple in Her honour. Following this, the Jainteshwari temple in Nartiang was established. The strategic location of the temple and presence of weapons like cannons suggests that the temple must have been part of a fort of the Jaintia Kings.
The temple in village Nartiang in Jaintia Hills district is at a distance of 50 km from Shillong. It is better to go by car. There is a Rest House near the temple.
Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust member, Kameshwar Chaupal said water from sacred rivers and soil from teertha (pilgrimages) across the country, where Lord Ram visited will be used and volunteers have been sending soil and water from across the country to Ayodhya.
A century-long dispute over the site was resolved in November last year, as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the temple trust, saying that Muslim petitioners would be given five acres at an alternative site.
( Image:Nartiang Durga Temple.)