West Bengal Shaktipeetha Darshan Yatra

The Shakthipeethas of West Bengal

When the Lord's ire reverberated as Tandava, Lord Visnu with his Sudarshana Chakra cut Sati's body into pieces that were scattered around the sub continent. In these places rose shrines built as a dedication to the power of Shakti, the maximum number of them concentrated in the state of West Bengal. The most prominent among them is the shrine devoted to the worship of Kali, the Kalighat temple in Kolkatta. It is considered as one of the four Adi Shakthipeethas recognised by religious text as the four major sanctums of the Goddess. The yatra to the West Bengal shrines of Devi covers through the many Shaktipeethas in the area, the cluster of temples believed to have been blessed by the Divine mother.

Legend

Daksha, unhappy with his daughter Sati's marriage to Lord Shiva, refused to invite Shiva to the yagna he was performing. Relenting to Sati who wanted to visit her father, Shiva allowed his wife to go the yagna.  There, Daksha insulted Shiva. Unable to bear her father's disrespect towards her husband, Sati immolated herself. Shiva, in his wrathful form of Veerabhadra, destroyed the yagna and killed Daksha.The ire and grief of Shiva, manifested as the celestial dance of destruction, the Tandav. Lord Vishu, with the aim of stopping the Tandav, used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut through the Sati's corpse. The parts of her body fell at varied spots all through the  subcontinent and these sites came to be called Shakti Peethas. West Bengal has the maximum number of Shaktipeethas spread across the state.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Goddess Shakti

Temples Covered:-

Fullara Devi Temple
Kankalitala Temple
Bakreshwar Devi Temple
Kalighat Temple
Kiriteswari Temple
Anandamayee Temple
Nandikeshwari Temple
Mangal Chandi Temple
Vibhas Shaktipeeth
Tarapith Temple
Nalateswari Temple
Bhramari Devi Temple

Purpose

It is believed that paying homage to these shrines make the devotee free from all the sins and wrongdoings. It is believed that the Goddess with grace her devotees with prosperity.

Who can go?

Any one with pious faith can do the Yatra.

Yatra Preparations

Some of the temples are in rural area with not much information regarding the location and route. Make sure to collect all the needed data regarding the way to these shrines or book the yatra with a travel agency who undertake trips to these Shaktipeethas.

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Area Covered

West Bengal
Language spoken :- Bangla

Auspicious Days

Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious in most Devi temples.
Navratri is an important festival in these temples.

Best time to Travel

The shrines are opened through out the year.

Duration

3 to 4 days from Kolkatta

Travel Method

Most of the temples can be reached by road.

Crowd Expected

Most of these temples witness a steady flow of devotees during the peak season.
On holidays and festival days a large number of devotees visit these shrines.

Festivals

Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious in most Devi temples.
Navratri is an important festival in these temples.

Must Haves

The devotees are advised to wear light cotton clothing and traditional attire in the temples. 
If travelling during winter, it is advisable to carry light woollens.
Water bottles, light snacks, first aid kit should be carried in the day pack.

Health Awarness

Some of these temples are in rural area with scant medical facilities. Please carry any special medications for the entire duration of the trip.

Additional Info

Durga Puja is celebrated with pomp and splendour in the state, thousands of decorated pandals, illuminating the whole place. There is a huge flow of devotees and tourists from all around the country to Kolkatta during the time.

Climate

The summers from March to June are hot with temperatures in the high thirties. Heavy rainfall occurs during the monsoon season from July to September. The winters are pleasant with temperature in the low twenties, though the parts of the state in higher altitudes can see single digit temperature during this season.

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