Kanak-Dandoti at Kaila Devi Temple, Karauli – Ritual of Prostrating & Crawling to Temple

Goddess Maha Laxmi is known, here at Karauli village of Karauli district of Rajasthan India, as Kaila Devi. It is a very famous temple of the area and pilgrims come here across the India for the blessing of Goddess Kaila Devi.

In the month of Chaitra, a Hinu month (March and April), devotees of far off area of Rajasthan come on foot, a ritual known as Kanak-Dandotis is also performed by the staunch devotees. According to this Kanak-Dandotis ritual, devotees has to come to temple from 15 to 20 kilometers distance through lying prostrate and heading towards the temple.

In the marble structure of temple which has a huge courtyard and checkered floor, two statues of Kaila Devi and Chamunda mata with bent head can be observed, the statue of Kaila maa in comparison of Chamunda mata is bigger. There in the huge courtyard is a temple of Bhairon. One more temple is dedicated to the God Hanuman Ji which is called ‘Languria’ by local persons
The Jadaun, a clan of Chandravanshi Thakur and Katares, Hindu clan who are descendants of Maharishi (Great Saint) Vasisth Guru (Teacher) of God Shri Ram and his brother Lakshman, believe Kaila Devi as her Kul Devi (Goddess of Dynasty) Devotees who come with wishes plant Red flag for full filling their wishes and also offer sweet or eatable things (Bhog) at a special place.

A fair, in the month of Chaitra falling in between March and April month is held here, annually. At the time, great crowd assembled here.

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