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Kankalitala Temple

West Bengal , Birbhum

Kankalitala is a temple-town in Birbhum-Murshidabad of West Bengal. It is one of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas on the banks of Kopai River. It is believed that the waist of Devi Sati fell at this pious village of Bengal to create a Shakti-Peeth. The place is named "Kankali"- that comes from the Bengali word "kanal" means Skeleton because the bones of the Devi fell at this place. Per ancient beliefs, the body parts of Sati fell here, with a great force for which the kund is created. Adjacent to the Kund, the temple of Devi Parvathi has been erected. Devotees believe that the body parts of the Devi are still there under the pond. The exact date of the origin of this temple is not found.


Apart from the legendary history of the creation of the Shakti-Peeth temple after Sati's self-immolation at Dakshya's Yajna, the legend of the abominable Kala Pahar is also famous surrounding the temple of Kankalitala in Bolpur. Per legend, the relentless Kala Pahar, a Muslim General destroyed the upward base of the syambhu shiva lingam at this temple in the 16th century when Bengal was under the rule of the Afghan Pathan warlord Sulaiman Khan Ka...View more


This is perhaps the simplest of all Shakti-Peeths. The unardorned edficice with a pyramidical construction houses a portrait of Goddess Parvathi. Though, the picture resembles Goddess Kali, but over the ages, She is worshipped as Goddess Parvathi. The deity is accompanied by Her dinive consort Shambhu Baba or Ruru Bhairav, consecrated as a Shiva Lingam inside the Shiva Temple close to the entrance of the temple complex. The floors are paved with ...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : From 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, the devotees can visit the temple. Like other Shaki-Peeths, Tuesdays and Saturdays are important days for worshipping the deity.

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Known to be the 'mini-India' for its diverse geographical as well as cultural variations, West Bengal is also popular for housing over 14 shakti peeths. Coming back to the culture of this eastern state of India, since prior and the post-partition times, Bengal is famous for its enriched culture. From Darjeeling to the Sundarbans, and from Puruliya to the 'Rarh' area of Birbhum- each of the provinces has a unique cultural approach. Starting from the Bengali music, dance, theater, literature, art, and notwithstanding the mouthwatering cuisine- West Bengal has successfully created a mark for its exclusive aesthetics in the world panorama.

Location and Contact

Kankalitala, West Bengal 731204

West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Hemanta Bhawan, 12 B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata-700 001 Phone: 033-4401 2086/4401 2082, Fax: 2231 4063

Regular trains and buses ply from Kolkata and other major cities across West Bengal to Bolpur. It is a journey of 3 hours maximum from the Bengal Capital. Those who are intending to reach there by private vehicle can follow the NH-2B to reach Bolpur.

Additional Info

  1. Vasundhara Inn
    Rangamati Resort
    Camellia Hotel
  2. Axis, ICICI, SBI
  3. Yes, Kopai Supermarket
  4. Yes
  5. Yes

Temple Rituals

The deities are offered with snana and nitya puja. But the ritual of mass prayers is followed till date as a part of worshipping the Goddess.

Regular Offerings

Garlands of hibiscus flowers, crown flowers, incense, oil lamps, candles, bhoga

Special Rituals

On the special festivals and occasions, the priests offer special pujas for the deities. Sravan is the most pious season for the Shiv Bhakts. At Kankalitala Temple, many Kanwariyas are found gathering to pour water at the Shakti Peeth on Her Bhairav- Ruru Dev. Usually, the Kanwariyas collect Ganga water in their Kalash and carry that to the Shiv temples during the month of Shravan (Gregorian- July).

Famous Festival

January - Makar Sankranti            
February - Shiv Ratri            
March -    Holi            
April -    Spring Navratri            
May -    Ratha Yatra            
July -    Sawan Puja            
October - Sharad Poornima, Durga Puja Dashami/Dusshera        
November - Kali Puja, Diwali, Annakuta, Winter Navratri

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