Maa Tripureshwari Temple, Agartala
Tripura Sundari Temple is situated in the ancient Udaipur, about 55 km from Agartala, believed to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines in this part of the country. Devi’s right foot fell here and the idols are Devi as Tripura Sundari and Shiva as Tripuresh. The Darshan of Devi fulfils all wishes and purifies the souls of the worshippers.
Considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, consists of a square type sanctum of the typical Bengali hut.
The temple consist a square type sanctum with a conical dome, there are two identical images of the same deity inside the temple. They are known as Tripura Sundari (5 feet high) and Chhotima (2 feet high) in Tripura. The idol of Maa Kali is worshiped at the temple of Tripura Sundari in the form of ‘Soroshi’.
One is made of kasti stone which is reddish black in colour. It is believed that the idol was Chhotima was carried by king in battlefield. This temple is also known as Kurma Pitha because the temple premises resembles kurma i.e. tortoise.
History and Significance:-
In the 16th century, King Dhanymanik who was an ardent worshiper of Maa Kali and one day in his dreams the Devi appeared and told him to get the idol of Maa from a mountain of Chinta village. King Dhanymanik awakened to order his soldiers to bring the idol.
As ordered by Goddess Tripureshwari, her temple was constructed and the idol was established in it. With time, her temple thereon was known as Tripura Sundari Temple.
Thus, the Tripura Sundari temple came into being in around the year 1501, and is now about 500 years old. History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the Right Leg of Maa Sati fell to this place.
Every year on Diwali, a famous Mela takes place near the Tripura Sundari Temple which is visited by more than two lakhs pilgrims.
Diwali is most well celebrated festival here and people in large number flock to this part to pray goddess Sati or Maa Kali. Durga Puja and Kali Puja are among the other most celebrated festivals here.
Special Rituals/ Prarthana performed in temple:-
As in other typical Hindu shrines, stalls along the approach road sell flowers and baskets of offerings that visitors can buy and take up to be offered to Tripura Sundari and returned as Prasadam.
A specialty here is the sweet, brown, condensed milk Pedas that devotees carry back from the temple, to be distributed among family and friends back home. The red hibiscus flower is also prized as an offering.
In the eastern side, there is the famous ‘Kalyan Sagar’ lake where fishes and tortoises of huge size are found and devotees feed them with “Muri” (puffed rice) and biscuits. No fishing is permitted in the Kalyan Sagar.
Temple Pooja Daily Schedule:-
Tripura Sundari Temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How to reach
The nearest airport to reach Tripureshwari Temple is Agartala.
The nearest rail station is Kumarghat on N. E. Railway is 1475 km from Kolkata via Guwahati and 140 km from Agartala.
Well Linked by road from Agartala, the capital city of Tripura.
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