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Everything you need to know about Mata Roop Bhawani of Jammu and Kashmir | Rupa Bhawani Mata | All about Roop Bhavani Mata of Kashmir | Alakheswari Mata

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Kashmir Valley has witnessed several divine souls, out of which Mata Roop Bhawani (c. 1621 - c. 1721) is worshiped as one of the avatars of Mata Durga.

She was also known as Alakheswari as her birth name, and she was a 17th-century Hindu Saint who lived in present-day Kashmir.

What was the early life of Mata Roop Bhawani (Mata Rupa Bhavani)?
Mata Roop Bhawani/Mata Rupa Bavani was the daughter of Pandit Madhav Joo Dhar, who was a resident of Khankah-i-Shokta, Navakadal (Srinagar at present), in the early 17th century. 

Pandit Madhav Joo Dhar introduced her to the practices of yoga. 

As per legends, Mashav Joo Dhar was an ardent devotee of Mata Sharika. He visited her temple daily at Hari Parvat to pray, pleased by Madhav Joo Dhar asking for a daughter, and Alakheshwari was born to Joo's wife on Poornamashi in the month of Zyeth in 1621. The exact year of her birth varies in a different accounts between 1620 and 1624. Alakheshwari followed her father in pursuit of God and spirituality.

How was the life of Mata Roop Bhawani (Mata Rupa Bhavani) different?
Mata Rupa Bhavani (Mata Roop Bhawani) was married early in life, but even after her marriage, she often visited Hari Parvat to perform her Sadhana at midnight. This raised questions about her, as a woman out on her own. 

Her mother-in-law and husband mistreated her. Ultimately, she left her in-law's house in pursuit of God.

Alakheshwari performed her Sadhana in solitude at Chashme Shahi, Manigam, at Ganderbal district in Jammu and Kashmir Lar and Vaskura. These places, including her birthplace at Safa Kadal, are now famous as Roopa Bhawani Asthapanas.

Mata Roopa Bhawani (Rupa Bhavani) died on Maag gat'tu pachh satam 1721 AD. This day became known as Sahib Saptami and is observed by Hindus in Kashmir. 

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