Goddess Tanot is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Hinglaz (Hinglaz Mata mandir is located in Lasvela district of Bluchistan). Tanot Mata Temple in Jaisalmer Rajasthan closely to Pakistan border and battle site of Longewala of Indo-Pak war 1971 .
It is reported that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large number of the bombs in the vicinity of the temple did not explode.
After the war the temple management was handed over to Border Security Force of India. On date Border Security Force Jawans man the temple. The temple has a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan.
Tanot is a place located at a distance of 120 Km from Jaisalmer and name Tanot is named on goddess Tanot. 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 and Her Blessing
History of Tanot Goddess Protecting Indian Border
It is recorded by the historians from the personal experiences of Indian and Pakistan army – 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, most of the shell went blind and what so ever exploded could not cause much damage. It is also revealed 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 hundreds dead soldiers of its army. 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.
Graveyard of Pak Tanks
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.
Even to this day, Tanot Goddess is protecting Border and Soldiers of India.
Trust of Tanot Mata Temple
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. As per recent reports, 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 public feeling 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.
The true incidents of Tanot temple was shown in Bollywood superhit movie Border.
Submission of Report by Pak Air Force
When pak airforce pilots saw from above to find out the reason of bombs not exploding, they were surprised to see a small girl standing and shelling of bombs not having any effect on the targeted area around. Later on failing to move ahead, pak army was asked to bombard more shells but they failed miserably. And the army had to backout. This incident was reported by the Pak airforce pilots in their submission reports to the defence ministry of pakistan.
The same type of bombs worked in other areas of border but the area protected by Tanot Mata was saved without any human or property loss.
Reach Tanot Mata Temple
Tanot Mata Mandir is located in district Balmer which is about 120km far from Jaisalmer. This area is cover up with sand dunes and mountains. Temperature can easily go above 49 degrees in this region. Due to desert and high wind speed, Ideal time to visit Jaisalmer is November to January. It is very sure that tourists will experience such a great fun and relax to the mind in full of traditions and cultures state, Rajasthan.
This can be one of the best tours for those who are interested in spiritual journey. So must visit if you planned a holiday or vacation in Jaisalmer.