Mangal Chandi Temple, Ujani Shakti Peetha is situated in Ujani Village in Guskara of Barddhaman district, West Bengal in India. It is 16km from Guskara Railway Station. Here, at Ujani Shaki Peeth, the right wrist of Devi Sati had fallen,she is in the form of Devi Mangala Chandika or Mangal Chandi and Kapilambar appears as Vairabh. From then onwards, the place became pious and deified to be a Shakti Peeth of Bengal.
The proud King Dakshya summoned a yajna but intentionally avoids inviting his daughter Sati and her husband Lord Shiva as Dakshya was not that fond of his son-in-law. When Sati reached the yajna ceremony uninvited, the abominable king insulted her and Lord Shiva like anything. Out of rage and pain, the devi then and there self-immolated herself leaving behind the corpse. When Lord Shiva came across this fact, He immediately took the form of Birbh...View more
dra and chopped off the head of Dakshya and took the corpse of the Devi and started mourning. To help Him out of His pain and to save the world, Lord Vishu sent the Sudarshan Chakra to mutilate the body of the Devi. When that happened the body was cut off in 51 pieces. The right wrist of the Devi fell at this place and formed the Shakti Peeth.This temple is part of the famous Shaktipeetha Darshan Yatra of West Bengal.
The freshly painted yellow colored simple edifice of the Ujani Shakti Peeth doesn't depict any special architectural ornamentation. The temple courtyard is enriched with beautiful trees that have grown there and preserved for ages. Inside the garbha griha two idols of the deities are consecrated. One is of Devi Mangal Chandi and the other is of Lord Shiva, worshipped as Kapilambar here.Picture Courtesy: wikimapia.org
The nearby railway station is Guskara station which is nearly 16 km from the shrine. Devotees can get local mode of communication to reach the temple. G.T. Road connects Bardhaman. Thus, pilgrims can take their private cars or get a ride to the luxury buses ply regularly from Kolkata and other major places. Those who are coming via flights, will have to land at the Dumdum airport and from there they have to get a car or train to reach the shakti peeth.
No specific dress code though devotees are expected to wear clean and conservative attire while visiting the temple.
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.
Language Spoken:Bengali, Hindi, English
The regular nitya puja is offered at the Maa Mangal Chandi Temple. The shebaits perform the regular rituals starting from snana to decking up the garbha griha with flowers and oil lamps. Next to that, the deities are adorned with fresh clothes that mostly the devotees offer. After a certain time, before the aarti, the pilgrims can offer their puja to the deities. Later they can have the Prasad of Maa Mangal Chandi and Lord Shiva.
Garlands of hibiscus flowers, fresh flowers, incense sticks, oil lamps, clothes, sweets and anna bhoga.