In the Kalika Mata Temple of Lakhna, people of both Hindu and Muslim communities together celebrate most of the festivals with love and brotherhood. These people also cooperate on each other’s festivals without any discrimination and hesitation.
Dalit priests offer prayers at Kalika Mata Temple in Lakhna, Etawah district. (Photo Source- Ajay Batham)
Uttar Pradesh (Uttar Pradesh) of Kalika Mata in Lakhna of Etawah district (Kalka Temple) has a unique temple. The special thing is that the priests in this temple are not Brahmins but Dalits. This temple was built in the year 1882. During that time the Brahmins of this temple were priests. People say that the mother of this temple does not accept the worship of the priests of Brahmin Maj. Kalika Mata Dalit Pujari (Dalit Pujari) only accepts worship. This is the reason why only Dalit priests do worship in this temple. A special feature of this temple is that there is also a tomb here. This is such a unique temple, where people from both Hindu and Muslim communities come to worship. This temple is said to be an example of Hindu-Muslim unity.
The Kalika Devi temple in Lakhna town is an example of Hindu-Muslim unity and harmony. In this historical temple of Maa Kali, such a confluence of worship and worship is seen, which is hardly anywhere else. Devotees who reach the temple, after worshiping Maa Kali, bow their heads in the tomb of Sayyid Baba. The door of the temple and the tomb is also the same. People of both Hindu and Muslim communities celebrate most of the festivals with love and brotherhood in the Kalika Mata temple of Lakhna. These people also cooperate on each other’s festivals without any discrimination and hesitation.
Sayyid Baba’s tomb in the temple premises
Due to the Karona epidemic, this temple was closed for the last 2 years. Now devotees are being given entry to the temple again under the Corona guidelines. There is a tomb of Sayyid Baba in the temple premises of Maa Kalika Devi. Devotees believe that here the mother fulfills the wishes of the devotees only when the tomb of Sayyid Baba is also worshipped. Hindu-Muslims come to visit the temple in one spirit. During Navratri, devotees from nearby districts also reach here for darshan. The chief manager of the temple, Ravi Shankar Shukla, told that apart from him and his family, devotees from all over the country and abroad reach the tomb in the temple premises. He said that after worshiping Maa Kali, the wishes of the devotees who worship Sayyid Baba in the shrine are definitely fulfilled.
Because of this, the courtyard of the temple is raw
It is said that Mother Kali had given a vision to Raja Rao in a dream and ordered that the courtyard of the temple should always be kept raw. Also, no idol should be kept in the temple premises. This is the reason that even today the courtyard is smeared with cow dung. Also no statue has been installed. Mohammad Armaan Khan, the servant of Sayyid Baba Mazar, says that earlier he used to sit in Dudhe Khan Mazar in Lakhna town. His family members have been sitting in the Kalika temple for three generations. Along with Muslims, Hindus also offer Prasad at the tomb of Sayyid Baba. Here worship is considered complete only when Sayyid Baba is worshiped along with mother’s worship. This temple, adjacent to the banks of Yamuna, was built by Raja Jaswant Rao in 1882. This temple is built on Rajasthani style. Raja Jaswant Rao was a devotee of Adishakti Kalika Devi, who was present at Kandasi Dhar across the Yamuna river.
Mother gave darshan in the dream of the king
He used to cross the river to see the mother every day and go to worship her. As usual, one day King Jaswantrao was going for darshan, but due to the boom in the Yamuna river, he could not cross the river for darshan. Due to this he was so upset that he gave up food and water. That night, Mother Kali had appeared in a dream to Jaswant Rao. The mother told the king not to be discouraged, because soon she would be seated in Lakhna and she would be known as Kalika Maa of Lakhna. Then one day the servants informed the king about the appearance of the goddess in Beri Shah’s garden. When the king reached the garden, the peepal tree was burning and bells were ringing everywhere. After the fire was extinguished, nine idols came out of it. The king installed all the idols with Vedic mantras.
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