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Mateshwari Tanot Rai Temple near Jaisalmer Rajasthan India Pakistan Border

Tanot has become one of most visited tourist spots especially for those who love the wilderness of Rajasthan and admire stories related to army heroics.Mateshwari Tanot Rai temple is located at 150km from Jaisalmer City in Rajasthan India near India Pakistan Border.Here is some Fact about Mateshwari Tanot Rai Temple in Jaisalmer near India Pakistan Border.

Location:  150km from Jaisalmer City Rajasthan
Built In: 828 AD
Built By: Bhati Rajput Naresh(King) Tanurav
Pin code : 345022
Dedicated to: Goddess Tanot, Hinglag
Signification:one of the best temple
Entry : Free
Photography:  Allow
Temperatures : 49 °C 
Temple Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Best time to visit: November to January.
Visiting timing : 1 hour
Architecture: Hindu temple style
How to Reach by Air : Jodhpur airport within
How to reach By Rail:The nearest railway station is Jaisalmer railway station.
How to reach By Bus or Road:There are many public and Private vehicles available to reach here.Tanot Mata temple is located at 150 km from Jaisalmer city and one can reach only by hiring a private taxi which takes about 2 hours.

More Information about Mateshwari Tanot Rai Temple

Tannot Mata is a temple in western State of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. As per the oldest Charan literature Tannot Mata is new clone of divine goddess Hinglaj Mata, and than after Tannot Mata becomes Karni Mata, And known as Goddess Of Charan’s.Tanot Mata is accepted as the incarnation of Goddess Hinglaj which is situated in Lasvela region of Baluchistan. And one of the interesting parts of the temple is that the bombs which were shed by Pakistan in the war did not harm the temple at all because of the Goddess Tanot divine power and now you can find these unexploded bombs in Tanot Mata temple museum.

Tanot Mata Temple is temple of Goddess Hinglaz in district Balmer near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It is closed to the Indo-Pak border. This temple is under Border Security Force (BSF) due to security reason and we also called as ‘Temple of Miracles’ because it is said that Goddess Hinglaz defended the soldiers of India from bombs in such a great way during India Pakistan war of 1965 and 1971. The surroundings of temple are very peaceful yet it is in Thar Desert, a hot region. Tourists are not allowed to go beyond the temple (near to the border) unless one gets the proper documentation from the higher authorities. Feelings of public are attached to the temple to provide best amenities to devotees. 

The legend says that Pakistan army dropped more than 3000 bombs till 19 Novermber but the temple of Tanot mata remained unscathed. The story goes on saying that deity herself came in dream of soldiers and promised to protect them if they stay in close vicinity of temple.

History of Mateshwari Tanot Rai Temple

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.  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 motherGoddes 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 ofbattles. 

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 oursoldiers. 

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.

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