The general conception of an ideal family gives the image of parents with their children all over the world. It is a universal truth that a complete family inevitably consists of at least these three members. There is no doubt that the welcoming of a baby brings abundant joy and happiness for a couple along with the sense of completion. Motherhood is one of the greatest happiness every female long in her life. Lucky are the ones who are able to conceive naturally.
There can be many causes of infertility in a male and a female. Proper treatment can cure several biological problems preventing the development of eggs in females and good quality sperms in males. There are ample instances where the scenario depicts a different picture. The dream of a healthy baby seems thought of far imagination for many couples. The number is no less even in our country – India.
Importance of Fertility Temples for Childless Couples
In a person’s life, a child is the most prized possession. Even we know how tempting life is, without the children in their life. But there is a special power where people come and seek the blessings, “Temples”. It is also being said that,
“Jo kahi nahi milta, vo yha milta hai”
Here is the list of the fertility temples in India which are believed to have divine powers. These divine powers bless the couples with the gem in their lives and adding a most significant meaning.
Human beings have conquered almost everything on the Earth with their superficial intelligence and strength. They have achieved supreme power with the help of science and make it possible for some impossible attributes. Though, at times, such advanced technology also fails to give the desired goal. That is the time human nature tends to find their answers through beliefs and superstitions.
After a few unsuccessful attempts couples seeking a child, find some way of respite in such belief rather than medical science. As a consequence, driven people start having faith in miracles to fulfill their dream. A strong spiritual belief and hope lead them to visit places of worship and different shrines.
Couples in India with such belief travel places which narrate stories of glory and Indian myths. Since ancient times, childless couples visit various pilgrimages with the hope of blessings for a child, and eventually, those places of worship have been popularly termed as ‘Fertility Temples’.
Numerous fertility shrines in India stretch from the majestic Himalayas in the north to captivating the Nilgiri Mountains in the south and far Eastern states to the western part of the country. Some of the famous fertility temple lists include Garbharakshambigai Fertility Temple of Thirukarukavoor, Tanjuvar, Karuvalarcheri Amman Temple of Govindapuram, Kumbakonam, Chimi Lhakhang Monastery of Bhutan, Gurudongmar Lake at Sikkim, Gurudwara Nanak Lama Sahib at Chungthang Valley, Sikkim, Mansa Devi at Haridwar, The Fertility Temple of Kamlesh Mahadev, Srinagar In Uttrakhand, Sri Bade Hanuman Mandir, Amritsar and The Golden Temple, Amritsar.
Let us know what all these fertility temples talk about –
Garbharakshambigai Fertility Temple, Thirukarukavoor, Tanjuvar
Garbarakshambigai Amman temple is located in a small village named Thirukarukavur (Thirukkarugavur), of Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu, South India. This ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva is devoted to Sri Mullaivananathar and Sri Garbarakshambigai Amman or Goddess Parvathi. As the name ‘Garbharakshambigai Fertility Temple’ defines Garba means Womb; Raksha means to Protect and Ambigai means Parvati. Hence, Garbharakshambika means The Mother Who Protects the Womb.
The temple is famous and distinguished from other shrines because of a unique feature. It is believed among people that women get cured of infertility related issues with the blessings of Goddess Parvathi. Women are also believed to have safe and trouble-free delivery by the grace of the Goddess.
The story behind the temple says long back Garbarakshambigai Amman blessed one of her passionate devotees for safe delivery. Since the time people from other countries and religions also pray to this divine Goddess and seek her blessings. Devotees got fruitful results as they are given to consume a spoonful of ghee as Prasad.
People worship Sri Mullaivananathar Swamy for better health and well-being.
Karuvalarcheri Amman Temple, Govindapuram, Kumbakonan
Karuvalarcheri Amman Temple is located near Govindapuram in the peripheral of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. According to the belief of native people, the Goddess of this temple helps in the formation of the foetus. The Goddess is offered turmeric at her feet and a healthy pregnancy is assured when that turmeric is applied during a regular bath for a child seeking women.
Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, the Fertility Temple of Bhutan
Chimi Lhakhang, a Buddhist Monastery is situated near Lobesa in the Punakha district of Bhutan on the eastern edge of Himalayas. Elaborate sceneries, mesmerizing views and, breathtaking landscapes of the Buddhist kingdom intensify its panoramic beauty of the temple. The temple is also famous as the ‘temple of fertility’ besides its natural beauty.
Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple in Bhutan is considered as a sacred place for the local people. A ‘Divine Madman’ and father of fertility named Drukpa Kunley, an unconventional saint with an independent mind helps people to believe this Buddhist monastery as a place of fertility and blessings. Women seeking a child offer prayer and are made to take three rounds of the temple carrying a wooden phallus. Buddhist monks bless them to have a child with ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’
Gurudongmar in Sikkim is one of the highest lakes in the world holds a supernatural beauty. The lake remains completely frozen during the whole winter months. The lake is considered to be a sacred place for Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus. Guru Padmasambhava—also known as Guru Rinpoche founded Tibetan Buddhism.
He visited the place in the 8th century and the lake was named after him. According to a legend related to Guru Padmasambhava is that a small part of the frozen lake stopped freezing as the Guru touched that portion to provide drinking water for the local people. Since then the lake water is considered holy water.
If another story to be believed, in the 15th century, Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji touched his walking stick in a portion of the frozen lake while passing by Tibet. Since then the portion of the lake remains free from snow, making the water sacred and also providing drinking water for the local people.
The Kamakhaya Temple is located in the Nilachal Hills in the Western part of Guwahati in Assam. It is known to be resided by the Goddess Kamakhaya, who is the oldest in 51 Shakti Pithas. It is a huge temple which is a complex of ten individual temples which denote the 10 Mahavidyas of Saktism. Three temples of Tripurasundari, Matangi, and Kamala reside inside the main temple whereas the other seven reside as individual temples in the Outskirts.
The generation-old temple has been demolished and reconstructed several times over the years and the current construction is traced back to be 500 years old which gave rise to the Hybrid indigenous style called the Nilachal which means a temple with hemispherical dome and cruciform base.