Sugandha Shaktipeeth is in Bangladesh on the banks of the Sugandha River. The temple of Ugratara Devi called Sugandha Shaktipeeth on the banks of river Sugandha at a distance of about 21 km from Barisal. From a place called Khulna, one goes to Barisal by steamer, and from there reached by road to Shikarpur village.
According to the Puranas, where the body parts or ornaments of Goddess Sati fell, her Shaktipeeths formed. These Shaktipeeths called holy pilgrimages, which are spread throughout the Indian subcontinent. The “nasika” (nose) of Sati had fallen at this place. The Devi Purana describes the 51 pilgrim spots. The goddess here is ‘Sunanda’ and Shiva is ‘Tryambak’.
Sugandha Shaktipeeth is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. According to the ancient legend, King Daksha, the father-in-law of Lord Shiva, organized a yagna, in which he did not send an invitation to Lord Shiva and Mother Sati because King Daksha did not consider Lord Shiva as his equal.
Mother Sati did not like this thing right. She went to attend the Yagya without being called. Lord Shiva was insulted at the place of Yagya, which Mother Sati could not bear, and jumped into the Havan Kund there.
When Lord Shiva came to know about this, he reached there and took out the body of Mother Sati from the havankund and started doing tandav, due to which there was upheaval in the whole universe. To save the entire universe from this crisis, Lord Vishnu divided the body of Mother Sati into 51 parts with his Sudarshan Chakra, the parts where they fell became Shakti Peeths.
Actually, this Shakti Peeth located in a town called Shikarpur. So, it is located in a remote area, but the connectivity to this place is fine. One of the best things about the location of this temple is the presence of the Sunanda River near it.
And the presence of this river affects the overall appearance of this temple. The fall of the shadow of the temple over the river water, when the sun rises from the horizon, is an impeccable experience for the visitors. Here the idol of Mother Sati worshiped as ‘Sunanda’ and Lord Shiva as ‘Trambak’. Sugandha Shakti Peeth in Bangladesh.
The entire complex of the temple made of stone, on which images and idols of deities carved. The offered idols are a mesmerizing look of the temple to the visitors. The brilliance of the marble on it and its reflection on the river water is definitely something that people would not want to see here. Since you do not have billions of means to reach the temple, the nearest railway station to your destination is Jalkati railway station. From there it is a 5 miles journey towards this temple.
Near Sugandha Devi Temple, visitors can also visit another famous temple known as Vairab Tryambak, which built around the time when this temple constructed.
History of Sugandha Shaktipeeth
There is no exact information available about the construction or establishment of this temple. But surely this temple was constructed in very old times because the whole form of the temple is very ancient. But the people coming to this temple will definitely get information related to the existence of this temple and its origin from the local people.
Celebrations at Sugandha Shaktipeeth Temple, a famous festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion is ‘Shiv Chaturdashi’ and it is celebrated in the month of March. The entire atmosphere of the temple is worth seeing during this festival and people from all over the country come here to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Apart from this festival, Navratri also celebrated with the same energy and devotion. Special ceremonies and rituals performed on these days.
Tips for Devotees
Shopping around Sugandha Shaktipeeth Mandir:- If you want to have something that will be your memento for your trip, you can buy a plethora of items from the shops in the city or near the temple. The traditional clothes which part of the dress of the region can also be bought by the travelers. Special dishes available in this part can also be tried like white rasgulla etc. Tourists advised to bargain for this amount as shopkeepers at the initial level demand higher prices for the items they wish to buy.
How to reach Sugandha Shaktipeeth:
First of all, people going from India need to get a visa for this pilgrimage. Since Sugandha Devi Temple is located near Barisal city, well connected by all three modes of transport. Many local means of transport from Barisal lead to this area and it is easy to reach due to the presence of a highway near it.
For Indian travelers, Bangladesh is quite close to West Bengal, so after getting a visa for pilgrimage or travel, people can approach several travel agents. They can arrange any mode of transport like air, sea or road. For international travelers, the city of Barisal has an international airport. Book the seats in advance to have a comfortable journey to your destination.
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