Importance of Sharda Devi Dham Maihar
India is famous for offering respite from the rushed and troubled life with its numerous holy sites that are dedicated to Gods and Goddesses. Sharda Devi Dham Maihar has a whole history behind the origin of its name. It is believed that when Lord Shiva was carrying the dead body of Goddess Sati, her necklace fell at this very place; which makes this place famous as Maihar (Mai=Maa, Har=Necklace), signifying ‘necklace of mother’. Located in Madhya Pradesh (India), Sharda Devi Dham Maihar is visited by a huge number of devotees, who turn to seek refuge of God in adverse times and blessings in happy times. Situated in the district, Satna, Maihar city has a significance associated with the Goddess Shakti, aka Sharda Devi. Placed over the Trikut Hills with 1063 steps to the hilltop, it’s widely visited by devotees. However, they also have an option to visit Sharda Devi Dham Maihar via ropeway which facilitates the pilgrims who don’t have much time to spend or are restricted by specific physical ailments.
As per history goes, Maihar is associated with warrior kings of Bundelkhand, where Rajputs and their popular descendants Ahal and Udal were firm devotees of Sharda Mai. Among these two, Alha is believed to have been blessed by immortality by the Goddess for his utmost devotion. Today a pond named after Alha is to be found behind the Sharda Devi Dham Maihar that is referred to as ‘Alha Pond’ and is people’s main center of attraction.
Further, there is also an Aalha and Udal arena in the forest, where another pond can be seen whose water never finishes. It is believed that Alha comes there even today to offer flowers and prayers to the Goddess. Amidst several of the stories of the place, it is said that disciples such as Alha-Udal and Dhanu established the Goddess’ temple to gain triumph in the war and even went on to sacrifice his son Indal. A popular belief also states that Alha and Udal still come to Sharda Devi Dham Maihar when the temple is closed to worship the divine Goddess.