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Tilla Jogian Temple

Overview


Tilla Jogian is the highest peak in the eastern Salt Range in Punjab, Pakistan. It is above 925 m above sea level. It comprises a complex of Hindu mandirs housing at least three baths and a network of waterworks with at least two minor dams. There are number of ways to reach at the top: One from Rohtas Fort side and the other from Sanghoi, the Jhelum River side.


About The Temple


Tilla Jogian has been place of Hindu pilgrimage for at least 2000 years. It was established in 1st century BC by the Guru Gorakhnath of kanphata Jogis. Tilla Jogian in Punjabi means the Hill of Saints. This is where the Kanphata Jogis, who pierced their earlobes and were an order founded by Guru Gorakhnath have left behind a monastery. For thousands of years it was a place of sun worship for the Hindus because the Sun can be seen here earlier and sets here later due to its height. It became a place of worship for Hindus.
The mound area has three groups of old structures at its top. Twelve temples, a shrine and a monastery, all in ruins, stand out among them. A central water tank and a well built in the Central Asian style from the Mughal period also adorn the historic site. The shrine commemorates the visit of Baba Guru Nanak and its damaged structures can be seen on the peak of the hill. As for temples, they are 12 in number and are clustered on all sides of Tilla Jogian.


History of the Place


Murad Baksh, the hero of the real life romantic epic story Heer Ranjha came to this place to join the Jogi order. Guru Nanak, founder of Sikh religion, also meditated here for 40 days. Akbar (1542 - 1605 CE), Mughal Emperor visited this place twice in four years to pay homage and built a water tank here. Jahangir (1605 - 1627 CE), Mughal Emperor also paid a visit here. Ahmad Shah Abdali sacked and looted the monastery.


Accessibility


Pakistan has four international airports. The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) operates buses from Lahore to Delhi taking 12 hours to reach the destination.


Temple Address


Tilla Jogian temple complex, Salt Range,
Mianwali District, Punjab, Pakistan.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Peace of Mind
Shlokas

Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te

Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.

Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha

Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.

Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi

Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.

Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam

Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).

Timings

The temple is open from 05:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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