Tagore’s place Santiniketan is famous all over the world. The Government of India has declared it a heritage. People from all over the country and abroad come to see and feel this place. But only a few people go to see the Kankalitala Shaktipeeth situated at a distance from it.
Situated on the banks of the Kopai River, this Shakti Peeth is far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Rather it would be more appropriate to say that Kankalitala Shaktipeeth is situated on the edge of the village. The reach of people here is not very much. Till a few years ago, there was not even a proper way to reach here.
The Legend Behind Kankalitala Shaktipeeth
One of the total 51 Shakti Peethas located across the country is Kankalitala Shaktipeeth. According to mythology, in Satyuga, King Daksha organized a yajna to take revenge on Lord Shiva. Actually, his daughter Sati had married Yogi Shiva against his wish. For this Yagya, Daksha invited everyone except Shiva and Sati. On being insisted by Sati, Shiva sent Sati there along with his ganas. Sati was not welcomed there.
Rather Daksha insulted Shiva. Saddened by this, Sati killed herself. Saddened by this trouble, Shiva cut off the head of Daksha and put a goat’s head in its place. Despite this, he was so sad that hanging the body of Sati, he started performing the tandava dance. After a failed attempt by the gods to stop her, Lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati into several parts with his Sudarshan Chakra. Where the parts of Sati’s body fell, that place called Shakti Peeth. One of them is the Shakti Peeth, Kankalitala, where the back of Goddess Sati fell. The waist called Kankal in Bengali.
Specialties of Kankalitala Temple
The Kankalitala Temple situated on the banks of the Ko Pai River. There also a cremation ground here, where there also the tomb of many big tantric. This place also famous for Tantra-Mantra Vidya. The residents here tell that many big tantriks achieved their accomplishment here. There is no idol of the Goddess in Kankalitala temple but only a picture (oil painting) of Maa Kankali.