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If you have an ardent wish and visit the Mai Parbot temple in good faith, your wish is normally fulfilled, or so the belief goes. To reach this place, you come down from Shillong to Umiam lake (17 kms) and continue towards Guwahati till you see a heritage archway on your right. You take that road, past the SOS village and continue up. The road up to the SOS village is fine. Thereafter, it is still under construction. After about 3 kms, you may have to abandon the vehicle and trek the rest of the way to the temple. The entire journey may take you 1 hour, one way. The temple is located near the summit of Lum Sohpetbneng (Navel of the Earth), at a distance of 7 kms from Umiam Lake.
Near the top of the hill, there is a bifurcation. The lower right road leads to the Mai Parbot temple while the left one goes up to Lum Sohpetbneng. From this fork to the temple is about ½ a km. As you approach the site, the building on your left is the ‘sarai’ (dormitory), then an open, but enclosed space for performing Hindu marriages. The temple is at the corner. A Shiv Mandir is located below this temple while a Durga temple is under construction down below.
Legend has it that in 1946, the younger sister of Kamakhya, ‘Jwalla Mai’, rose from the earth in this place as a fiery apparition. The Hindu people residing nearby, saw this spectre as well as the sound of bells ringing, religious songs and of conches. They got together and decided to build a temple at that spot. Once the temple was constructed, there was no more sound of bells ringing, religious songs and of conches. Very soon thereafter, like a miracle, water start flowing out from inside the temple. This water continues to flow till today. The same water is taken up to the summit of U Lum Sohpetbneng where it is used by the Seng Khasi for their religious rituals.
In the same year, it is believed that near this temple, a ‘Shivalinga’ came out from the earth. The ‘pujari’ (priest) dreamt that at that spot also another temple should be constructed. The Hindu people got together and built a Shiv Mandir there. A third mandir (temple) dedicated to the Goddess Durga, is under construction nearby. Many people from Shillong and Guwahati come to this temple to pray. Hindu celebrate their puja in the month of March–April, called ‘Ram Navami Puja’. During April–May, they celebrate ‘Mai Puja’. It is believed that Jwalla Mai has one elder sister called Kamakhya. Her famous temple exists at the top of Kamakhya hill in Guwahati.
Next to the Maiparbot temple, stands a tree the trunk of which is overflowing with threads people have tied to have their wish fulfilled. Look up that tree near the place where the first branch shoots off on the left. You may discern a face, complete with hair, beard and eyes. Make what you want of it.
The ‘pujari’ (priest) of the temple is Pandit Lakshmi Prasad Projuli. His cell Nos are 98630-42638 and 96129-00490. He, unfortunately cannot walk owing to very weak legs but he manages to crawl around and perform his priestly duties.
othercontact: Pandit Lakshmi Prasad Projuli
Phone: +91 9863042638/+91 9612900490
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