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Tanot Mata Temple In Jaisalmer

''Being close to the Pak border, the entry of foreigners is restricted in this temple''

LOCATION : Tanot Mata temple is located in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India.

ABOUT THE TEMPLE
Tanot Mata temple is located at a distance of about 120 kms from the Jaisalmer city. Because the temple is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, foreigners are not allowed beyond the Rajgarh town, which is about halfway between Jaisalmer and Tanot. Moreover, no one, not even the Indian tourists, are allowed beyond Tanot to visit the border Indo-Pako, unless they secure advance permission from the relevant defence authorities.

THE TEMPLE’S SIGNIFICANCE
Tanot Mata temple holds a great significance, especially among the residents of Rajasthan and not to mention the Indian military. It is said that during the Indo-Pak war of 1965, about 450 bombs were dropped in and around the temple premises by the Pak forces but not even a single bomb exploded in the vicinity of the temple. The temple kept standing firm and proved to be a pillar of strength for the Indian soldiers. It was after the war that the management of the temple was handed over to the Border Security Force of India.

WHY A MUST VISIT
The drive to Tanot temple is indeed breath-taking as that’s also when you start getting closer to the sand dunes. The landscapes change drastically as you move closer to the Tanot temple. Jaisalmer, however, is no more the same desert that you must have seen Bollywood flicks of 80s and 90s. Thanks to the Indra Gandhi Canal initiative that sparked the green revolution in Rajasthan. The canal has transformed the barren deserts of Jaisalmer district into rich and lush fields.

However, it’s still a place where you feel being transported to a different world altogether.
The beauty of the villages of Jaisalmer, especially Ranau that’s about 20-25 kms short of Tanot temple, cannot be matched. The village seems so secluded from the rest of the world that you are forced to think how the people residing there are actually surviving. The only solace is good road connectivity. Seriously, the road is in a superb condition and makes the drive all the more interesting and smooth.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit the temple is in between November-March. Summers can be real torturous for driving to the temple.


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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