A quaint temple on the top of a hillock in the holy city of Gaya, which celebrates the divinity of Shakthi as the benevolent Goddess Sarvamangala devi, is the Mangala Gauri shrine. One of the 18 Maha Shakthipeetha, the breasts of the Goddess is believed to have fallen here. The shrine has been mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana and in many other tantrik scriptures. Bhima, the Pandava has a small temple at the start of the steps to the Mangala Gauri shrine, where his knee impressions can be seen. The current temple dates back to the 15th century.
The Temple is one of the Shaktipeethas. When Lord Shiva's wrath at the death of his wife Sati manifested as the Tandava which would destroy the Universe, Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan chakra cut her corpse into pieces which scattered around the subcontinent. It is believed that the Goddess' breasts fell where the temple of Mangala Gauri stands today.This temple is part of famous Shaktipeethas.
Mangala Gauri Temple is a small shrine, simple in its structure, facing east built on top of a small hillock. Here Shakti is worshiped in the form of a breast, a symbol of nourishment. The sanctum houses the symbol of Goddess along with the continuously burning lamp. The entrance door to the shrine is very small where the devotees have to bow down to enter. The Grabha griha has two parts, the Sabhamandir and the sanctum sanatorium. The temple com...View more
lex encompasses smaller shrines of Maa Kali, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva. The temple is adorned with red chunri.Picture Courtesy: www.panoramio.com
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire
Gaya is an ancient city, its history rooted deeply in mythology and religion. The place is an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Buddhista and Jains. 'Pind dhan' or rituals to the departed are conducted here. Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautam Budha attained spiritual enlightenment.
The priests perform regular pujas and rituals. There is no idol in the main sanctum. The symbol of goddess' breast are worshipped.
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