Throughout the year, people visit the Jwala Ji Temple of Kangra to seek blessings from the Goddess. In the centre of the temple, a hollowed stone holds a flame that has been burning for hundreds of years. According to the legend, Lord Shiva's wife, Sati, immolated herself in anguish when her father disrespected her husband.
Among the most important artefacts of Bhumara is a Shiva-lingam with a bust relief of the deity, which occupies almost the entire height of the lingam. The face of Shiva, depicted as youthful with half-opened eyes and calm posture, shows the god in a meditative state.
The story of the guardian crocodile. From very ancient times, one crocodile has been seen there. Though devotees used to take bath in the tank there is no instance of it harming anyone. Babia is the name by which this guardian is known to the world. It is the local guardian and the messenger of the temple. The only food that Babia takes is the offerings of the devotees.
The temple dates back to 15th century and was built under Maharaja Ganga Singh’s rule of Bikaner. Temple houses around 20,000 rats that are fed, protected and worshipped. Rats can be seen here eating from huge metal bowls of milk, sweets and grains, the leftovers of which are offered to the visitors.