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Nalateswari Temple, Maa Nalateswari Mandir | West Bengal , Birbhum

Nalhateshwari temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas where parts of Sati's body fell. According to the mythologies it is here where the "nala" or throat of goddess Shakti had fallen and so the shrine came to be known as the Maa Nalateswari. It is located in Nalhati, a municipality in Birbhum District of West Bengal near the West Bengal - Jharkhand border.

Legend

The foundation history of the of the Nalateshwari Shakti Peeth is allied with the Dakshya Yajna and on the very day when Devi Sati self-immolate Herself without bearing the pain of Her Lord Shiva's insult by Her outrageous father Dakshya. To pacify the angry Shiva, performing Tandava with corpse of Sati on His shoulder, Lord Vishnu let His Sudarshan Chakra to mutilate the lifeless body of the Devi so that Lord Shiva can find solace. It is believe...View more

Architecture

The terracotta designs on the quintessential 'aatchala temple' of Bengal entice pilgrims. The temple architecture is very old and signifies the presence of enriched Bengali heritage enshrined in the temple designing. Inside the sanctum sanctorum- Mata Nalateshwari is consecrated. The stone idol of 4 feet height has three eyes (trinetra) and a huge golden tongue hanging in between the teeth. The larynx or the "Nala" of the deity is positioned wher...View more

Darsan Info

The temple timing is from 5.30 AM to 8.30 PM. Devotees can choose to prefer Tuesday or Saturday to visit the temple as these two days are considered the best ones per Shakta traditions.

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are expected to be in modest and fresh clothes while entering the mandir premise.

Culture

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:Bangla, Santhali, Hindi

Location and Contact

Nalateswari Temple Nalahati Temple Road,Nalahati Township, Nalhati, West Bengal 731243
+91 3465255333, +91 9434009435

By road, the distance of Nalhati from Kolkata is around 235 Km. By Rail it is 214 Km. Regular buses and trains are available from Howrah, Sealdah Stations and Esplanade and Kanunamoyee Bus depot. Else, private cars and rented vechicles are also available to reach Nalhati.

Additional Info

  1. Previously, it was difficult for the pilgrims to rest or stay during their visit at Nalateswari Temple. But now, the temple committee has taken the endeavor to accommodate the pilgrims in their Dharamshala. The devotees can stay and rest here and no such rates are marked as such. But they are asked to donate some amount in the temple fund when they check out.
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Temple Rituals

The regular temple rituals start with the opening of the Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum) sharp at 5.30 AM. At different intervals, worshipping is performed by the temple purohits (Hindu priests). By noon, Devi Nalateshwari and Her Bhairav is served with Rice Meal for Prasad. Per Hindu rites, this is known as Anna Bhoga. Devotees can have the bhoga for their lunch after the deities are served and worshipped.
By the evening the aarti is offered. A sanctified ambiance is created with the continuous  humming of the Vedic mantra and the ringing of the brass bell when the priest moves the burning oil lamps to glorify the deity's existence.Pilgrims are allowed to stay and witness the pious event of presenting the aarti to the Devi.
At 8.30 PM, the Garbha Griha is closed as the gods are believed to be retired for rest.
Sometimes, this schedule is changed during some special puja or occasions. But it is notified to the devotees before.

Regular Offerings

Hibiscus flowers, oil lamps, candles, incense, saree to the devi and dhoti to Mahadev, ghee, sugar and animal sacrifice.

Special rituals

Animal sacrifice is still practiced here. Goats are sacrificed on the harikath and in the strike of one chop the head is cut off from the shoulder. The blood is collected in a pot and is offered to the Devi to satisfy Her thirst. The devotees are offered with tilak of that blood as a mark of blessing from the Holy Mother. Usually, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the bali or animal sacrifice is offered to the deity. On the fulfilment of one's mannat (wish fullfilment), the goat sacrifice or double goat sacrifice is also offered.

famous Festivals

October - Dusshera, Navratri
November - Kali Puja

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