Tanot Mata

Tanot Mata : Goddess of Soldier

Tanot Mata

HISTORY OF TANOT MATA TEMPLE

Goddess of the Brave: Know why Soldiers Love Her since 1965 Indo-Pak war

Tanot is a place located at a distance of 120 Km from Jaisalmer and name Tanot is named on goddess Tanot. Praisee is said to be incarnation of Goddess Hinglaz now located in Lasvela Distt of Bluchistan. Bhati Rajput King Tanu Rao made Tanot as their capital.

In AC 847 foundation of Goddess Tanot was kept and idol was installed. Temple is revered by generations of Bhati Rajput and people of Jaisalmer and surrounding areas. Later on with the advent of time, Bhati Rajput brought their capital to Jaisalmer but temple remained located at Tanot. Before 1965 this temple was maintained by personnel of RAC and when BSF was formed, responsibility of maintaining this temple was shifted to BSF. It is a great source of inspiration for troops of BSF as well as of army due to miracle happened during 1965 Indo Pak war.

Tanot Mata Mandir

It is said that in the month of Oct 1965 Pak Army had advanced from two flanks i.e. from Kishangarh and Sadewala side to deep inside Indian territory but area in between where this temple is located could not be overrun despite heavy pounding by Arty and fierce fighting. Pak Army fired more than 3000 shells in area around temple but due to divine power, It is said that most of the shell went blind and what so ever exploded could not cause much damage. It is further claimed by inhabitants living in nearby villagers that mother Goddes Tanot appeared in the
dreams of some soldiers and assured them for protection if they do not leave the premises of temple. Later on Indian Army repulsed the attack of Pak Army and after three days of heavy fighting Pak Army made a hasty retreat leaving hundred of dead of its soldier. At that crucial time of war two coys of 13 Bn BSF and one Bn of Grenadier was deployed in area of
Tanot against one Bde of Pak Army but they fought valiantly and broke the back bone of enemy due to goddess blessings. Since then this temple came into prominence and its popularity spread over other region also . Again in 1971 when Pak Army launched sudden attack in Longewala in the night of 4th Dec, due to inspiration and spritual strength drawn from this temple, only one coy of Punjab regiment alongwith one coy of BSF (14 Bn BSF) repulsed their attack which is a unique operation in the world history of battles. Longewala is called as a graveyard of Pak Tanks where their entire Tank regt was made to bite the dust due to exemplary coverage shown by our troops. In the memory of victory in this historic battle of Longewala a Vijay Memorial has been constructed at the entrance of temple where on 16th Dec every year a celebration is organized with fervour and gaiety to remember the heroic deeds of our soldiers.

Twice in a year i.e. in April and Sept Navrtara is celebrated at Tanot where free lunger is run by BSF as well as free Medical camp. Thousands of devotees from every nook and corner of the country throng the temple to offer their prayer to goddess. In 1989 a Tanot Mata Trust was constituted to look after the offer of temple as well as to see its management. Presently patron of this trust is worthy Shri S.N.Jain, IPS, and IG BSF Raj FTR while Shri. Sandeep Bishnoi, IPS DIG BSF SHQ JMR-I is chairman and Shri Prabhakar Joshi Offg Comdt is secretary. As feeling of public is attached with this temple a great care is taken to provide best amenities to devotees visiting the temple. This is the place where spiritual strength of Seema Prahari and its un-wearing commitment to safeguard the mother land can be seen side by side.

Ref: http://raj.bsf.gov.in/mata/mata.pdf

श्री तणोट राय मंदिर

श्री तणोट राय मंदिर : श्री तणोट राय मंदिर स्थान भाटी राजा की राजधानी थी वह मातेश्वरी के भक्त थे ! उनके आमंत्रण देने पर महामाया सातों बहने तणोट पधारी थी , इसी कारण भक्ति भाव से प्रेरित होकर राजा ने एक मन्दिर की स्थापना की थी , वर्तमान मे यह स्थान जैसलमेर नगर से १२० की.मी पशिचम सीमा किशनगढ़ रोड पर बना हुवा हें ! जो भारतीय सेना बी. एस. ऍफ़. जैसलमेर राज घराना व खाडाल के ग्रामो का मुख्य आस्था केन्द्र हें बड़ा ही भव्य रमणीक मन्दिर हें !

कहते हें सन १९६५ मे पाक सेना का पड़ाव था लेकिन मातेश्वरी की कृपा से किसी भी सैनिक के कोई खरोच भी नही आयी ! उल्टे पाक सेना की पुरी ब्रिगेड आपस मे लड मरी , उस सेना का ब्रिगेडियर यह माजरा देखकर विसमित हो गया वह मन ही मन इस देविक चमत्कार से मुसलमान होते हुवे भी भी श्रद्धा से मनोती मानने लगा व माता की शरण ग्रहण करने पर उसके प्राण बच गये पुरी ब्रिगेड ख़त्म हो गई उकत अधिकारी मैया का भक्त बन गया ! कुछ समय बाद मे पासपोर्ट से भारत आया तणोट राय की पूजा अर्चना कर पश्चिम सीमा पर दोनों मुल्क मे शान्ति बनी रहे , ऐसी कामना करके अपने वतन को लौट गया !

Tanot Mata

इस प्रकार माताजी कितनी दयालु हें जो उसे पुकारता उसे शरण व अभय कर देती हें ऐसे चमत्कारों से वसीभूत होकर बी. एस. ऍफ़. के कर्मचारी व अधिकारी तो मैया की अनन्य भगत बन गये प्रत्येक कंपनी जहा भी रहती हें सर्वप्रथम मैया का छोटा मोटा स्थान बना कर नियमित पूजा होती हें नवरात्री के दिनों मे बड़ा भव्य मेले का आयोजन होता हें ! अनेको यात्री आते हें इस प्रकार मुख्यालय से तणोट राय आवागमन के साधन नव दीन तक निशुल्क बसे चलती हें ! बी. एस. ऍफ़. के फोजी भाई तो धन्य हें जो सीमा की निगरानी करते हुवे मैया के प्रति अटूट श्रदा से सेवा पूजन करते हें , कोई मन्दिर मे सफाई का कार्य करते हें , कोई लंगर सँभालते हें और कई गाना बजाना करते हें ! कितने यात्रियों की सेवा मे जुट जाते हें , हमेशा लंगर भोजन का आयोजन होता हें ! मैया के भजन कीर्तन चलते रहते हें , धन्य हें मैया व भक्त फोजी भाई !!!!

Longewala post

यह युद्ध १६ नवम्बर , १९६५ को हुवा था, तनोट चारो और से घिर चुका था ! कर्नल जय सिंह राठोड़ (थैलासर) बीकानेर के नेतृतव मे केवलतीन सो सैनिक थे ! शत्रु ने तीन तरफ़ से धुहादार हमला कर दिया था ! हमारे जवान निरंतर लड़ते रहे ! दुसरे दीन एक जवान मे भगवती काभाव आया कि घभरावो मत तुम्हारा बाल भी बाका नहीं होगा ! हुवा यही तनोट राय कि कृपा से भारतीय सेना के किसी भी जवान को कोईचोट नहीं आयी, और शत्रु फौज हतास होकर पॉँच सो शव छोड़कर भाग खड़ी हुयी ! आश्चर्य इस बात का हे कि मंदीर की आसपास ३००० बमबरसाए गए , मंदीर मे एक भी खरोच नहीं आयी , उनमे से कुछ बम आज भी मंदीर मे पड़े हे !

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