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07/Aug/2022

There is another Shaktipeeth on the banks of Hooghly River in West Bengal where both Shiva and Shakti reside together. Say Kirit Shaktipetha or Kiriteswari Sakthipeeth Temple, Shiva’s inner mother goddess Sati that is Mother Parvati in her divine form is present at various places. Wherever this stunning and awakened form of the Mother is present, that place is known as Shaktipeeth.

Not only this but the description of these 51 Shaktipeeths is also found in the Devi Purana. Devi’s first awakened Shaktipeeth is known as Kirit Shaktipeeth. At the same time, Hooghly is located on the banks of the Ganga – Kirit Shakti Peetha, it is said that Sati’s Kirit Shirovushana, or in simple words, her crown fell here, due to which this Shakti Peetha was incorporated. Existence, here Sati ‘Vimala’ or ‘Bhubaneswari’ and Shiva ‘Samvarta’.

The Temple

The worshipers who are there, while giving the details of the temple, said that this temple was built regardless of caste and religion but now the original temple is almost on the verge of extinction His condition is almost broken Now there are two temples at that place Local worshipers claim both the temples as ancient temples.

The original legends indicate this place to be the most elderly mark of architecture in this area. King Darpanarayana erected the temple during the 19th century. The original temple, erected- in 1405, was decimated due to a significant fire. Maa Kiriteswari was the presiding deity of the ruling house of Murshidabad in the golden days of history.

Devotees from far and wide come here for darshan, the mother here is also called Bhubaneswari Devi. It is believed that this place is a highly awakened energy center. This place has special importance in Hindu Puranas and scriptures. If you believe that reason. Goddess Shakti, Manskamana is fulfilled here, due to which the number of devotees is high here.

Kiriteswari Temple

Confluence of the architecture of three religions

This Mother’s Dham is very special and what makes it special is a wonderful example of universal religious equality. The sanctum sanctorum of this Shaktipeeth located in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal is proof of this. There is no statue of Mata Rani in the sanctum sanctorum, the walls have centuries-old maps, carvings, mandapams, and rice character temples, it seems to be inspired by Sarvadharma architecture.

The head priest of the temple claims that the temple’s original stone slabs contain maps of Buddhist tantras, while traces of Mughal architecture are also found. Not only that, over the centuries saints of various religions have come here, Buddhist saints are said to have done the longest meditation here.

Kiriteswari Temple

History

Historically, this Kiritkana temple was established by Rani Bhavani. There is also a Shiva temple established by King Rajavallabh here. A new temple called Gupta Math within the village houses the worship of Kiriteswari. King Ramakrishna, a devotee of Natore, used to come here from Baranagar. Two stone blocks are still visible on the temple premises, on which King Ramakrishna used to meditate. It is said that Nawab Mir Zafar Ali Khan of Murshidabad when he was suffering from leprosy, expressed his wish to drink Charanamrit of Goddess Kiriteswari as advised by his Hindu Dewan. It is here that the narrative of the Nawab family of Murshidabad is intertwined with the Kiriteswari temple.

Legend

In fact, according to Puranas and Hindu mythology, this place was earlier named Kiriteswari. The construction of the temple here is more than a thousand years old and local people call this temple Mahishamardini. The original temple is believed to have been destroyed in 1405 and the present temple was built in the 19th century by King Darpanarayan of Lalgola. It is the oldest temple in Murshidabad district, according to mythology, Goddess Sati gave up her life in the Yajna Kund made by her father Dakshineswar, then Lord Shankar was traveling around the world carrying the dead body of Goddess Sati. Vishnu split Sati’s body.

His Sudarshan Chakra is divided into 51 parts, of which Sati’s crown falls at this point. All festivals are celebrated here in the temple, especially during Durga Puja and Navratri festivals special pujas are organized. On this day the temple is decorated with flowers and lights. The spiritual atmosphere of the temple provides peace of heart and mind to the devotees.

How to reach Kiriteswari Temple:

4 km from Lalbagh station by reserve Toto/Auto. Again, one can get down at Baharampur bus stand and go to Baharampur Sadar Ghat by auto from there if you go across the ghat, there are many totos standing with manure If you are very lucky, you can get a bus, all in all, you can visit Kiriteshwari for a day to get a mythical and miraculous feeling.

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