Tanot Mata Temple, Jaisalmer – a place of sacred power and purity

Tanot Mata Temple is located in the western State of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. Tanot is the village which is close to the border with Pakistan and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Tourists cannot go beyond this temple to see the Indo–Pak Border.

It is famous for the legends that are sure to fill awe and curiosity towards its sacred power and purity. The heritage site is preserved and maintained by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India since the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.

The story of Tanot Mata Temple at the Longewala border in Rajasthan is one such miraculous tale when the deity Tanot Mata didn’t let any Pakistani tank bomb explode and Indian soldiers who were certain of defeat went on to crush the Pakistanis in 1971 war.

More than 3,000 bombs were dropped in the vicinity of the Tanot Mata temple, but none exploded. Some of those bombs are kept in the Museum built by BSF inside the temple premises.

Indian Army built a Vijay Stambha to mark the victory of Longewala inside the temple compound and each year a celebration takes place on December 16 in remembrance of the great victory over Pakistan in 1971.

The temple is 153 km away from Jaisalmer. It is a two-hour drive from the main city OR if you’re camping in the Thar Desert then a short visit to the legendary site is a must.