About the Temple
Shri Rani Sati Mandir is located in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. The temple has 400 years old history. It came into existence in the 16th century. The temple was built in commemoration of Narayani bai who set herself ablaze and became Sati Ji. It is one of the ancient pilgrimages visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple houses shrines of Lord Hanuman, Goddess Sita, Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva.
The temple is decorated with silver ornamental work. An assembly hall can be seen in the front of the temple which can accommodate about 300 people. The temple premises has 13 Sati temples, out of which 12 are small temples and there is a big and main temple which is dedicated to Rani Sati Dadi. The building is constructed with white marble and a golden pot is installed on the top of the temple with a red flag. The interiors are adorned with murals and rich glass mosaics. Apart from a beautiful portrait of Rani Sati, the temple does not have any idol and hence a trident with two eyes, nose ring, a red bindi, and a Red Chunri is worshiped as a form of divine power. A huge idol of Lord Shiva is installed in the center of the temple complex which is surrounded by the gardens.
The story dates back to Mahabharata. Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu could not commit Sati along with Abhimanyu as she was pregnant. She sought a boon from Lord Krishna to do the same in next birth. In her next life, Uttara was born as Narayani bai in Dokwa village of Rajasthan while Abhimanyu was born as Tandhan Das in Hissar. After the death of Tandhan Das, Narayani Devi told her faithful servant Rana Ji to make immediate arrangements for her to set ablaze along with her husband 's cremation. Before the cremation, Narayani Devi blessed Rana Ji that his name will be taken before her name and worshiped. She also directed to carry the ashes of both on the horse and where the horse stops, construct a temple there in her memory. It is believed that the horse stopped in Jhunjhunu where this temple stands today. In this way, the name of Sati is called Rani Sati by the devotees. The events leading to her death vary widely in between 1215 -1595 AD. In some retelling, the incident is believed to be of the14th century.
The natives of Rajasthan firmly believes that Rani Sati is an incarnation of goddess Durga.
Festivals and Celebrations
The puja or offering to Rati Sati is an important ritual performed on the Amavasya day in the Month of Bhadon.
The Rani Sati Mela is an important fair festival of the temple which is celebrated twice a year in the Magh Krishna Navami and Bhadrapada Amavasya.
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is located at Jaipur which is 184 km away from the temple.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Jhunjhunu which is well connected by train.
By Road: The temple can be easily reached by rickshaw, bus or taxi from Jhunjhunu which is well connected with all the major cities of Rajasthan.