Rani Sati Temple

RANISATI

This temple is symbol of practicing Sati (an ancient Indian tradition of the immolation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre) in Kalyug. This temple is located in Jhunjhunu town in the state of Rajasthan. It is located around 180 km from Jaipur and 245 km from Delhi and 83 Km away from Salasar Balaji temple. 

Its is said that When Abhimanyu (the son of the great Pandava, Arjun) lost his life while fighting the battle of Mahabharata, his wife and soon-to-be-mother, Uttara had wished to commit sati and end her life too. Citing the fact that it would not be appropriate to kill the innocent yet-to-be-born child, Lord Krishna stopped her from doing so. Since she was adamant, He gave her the boon that her desire to become sati shall be fulfilled in the next birth. Many years later, Uttara was reborn as Narayani bai and Abhimanyu as Tandhan Das. A beautiful horse possessed by Tandhan Das was being eyed by the son of king of Hissar. But Tandhan Das refused to part with his precious horse. King’s sons decide to obtain it forcefully and planed an attack on Tandhan Das. However, he was killed in the battle. This enraged the king and he decided to take revenge soon. Sometime later, Tandhan Das was married to Narayani bai. After marriage, while returning to their village, they were suddenly attacked by the army of Hissar. Tandhan Das fought the battle bravely but he was stabbed in the back and lost his life. The young bride, Narayani bai displayed exemplary courage and bravery by fighting the army singlehandedly and killed the king. She then asked Ranaji (the caretaker of the horse) to make immediate arrangements for her to be set ablaze along with her husband’s cremation. Very pleased with Ranaji who played a vital role in fulfilling her desire to be sati with her husband, she blessed him that his name will be taken and worshiped before her name and since then she is known as Rani Sati. Soon after, her influence of ‘sat’ (truth and loyalty) a storm rose from the ashes telling Ranaji to take them on the horse and to build a temple wherever the horse stops. The horse stopped in Jhunjhunu where the temple stands today. Rani Sati Dadi temple receives more than 1 lac footfalls a day. A mela is organized during “Bhadi Mawas” day in which lakhs of people from all over the India gather in this temple to offer prayer.