Tripura Sundari temple

Tripura Sundari temple
Tripura Sundari temple

The Tripura Sundari Shaktipeeth Temple, an esteemed shrine dedicated to the goddess of beauty – Tripura Sundari – is part of a collection of 51 renowned Shakti temples. Situated in Udaipur around 55 kilometers away from Agartala, this sacred temple stands atop the hills near Radhakishorepur village and can be reached with slight detour from Udaipur town. Pilgrims make their way here regularly to bask in grace bestowed by Goddess Tripura Sundari upon her devotees.

At this site, Devi’s right foot has fallen and the idols here are Shiva as Tripuresh and Devi as Tripurasundari. Out of the 51 Shakti Peetas scattered around the world, four of them—the Adi Shaktipeeths—are especially renowned, alongside 18 Maha Shakti Peethas.

The magnificent temple was initially constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501, but the current structure dates back to a massive reconstruction project initiated during the rule of Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya Bahadur between 1896-1990.

The mesmerizing temple stands tall in the western direction, with a small entrance also existing on its northern side. With an impressive height of 75 feet and four pillars lining each corner, seven pitchers/pots decorate its peak – each firmly holding one flag. Uniting medieval Bengali architecture with Char Chaala (four slanted roofs) and Ek-Ratna style, this majestic structure contains an ornate square-shaped sanctum accompanied by a single conical dome. Crowned by three tiers of roofing and finished off with a finial at the topmost point – it’s no wonder that this marvel has become renowned for both its beauty and history. There is a holy lake known as Kalyan Sagar in the eastern side of the temple where big fishes and tortoises cohabitate in peace.

The joyous celebration of Diwali is one of the most revered and auspicious festivals in the city. Every year, a grand Mela (fair) near the temple attracts over two lakh devout followers from all parts of India to pay homage to Goddess Kali. Additionally, Durga Puja and Kali Puja are also major occasions that draw many devotees during this time. Celebrated with immense enthusiasm, these celebrations fill everyone’s hearts with zeal!

Visiting the temple can be enjoyable at any time of year, but wintertime—from December to March—is arguably the best season. The temperature hovers between a pleasant 10-20 degrees Celsius and creates an idyllic atmosphere for all visitors.

The Shakti Peethas are sacred abodes of the Mother Goddess, who was born when Lord Brahma conducted a yajna to fulfill his desire for her. To regain Her as his daughter, Daksha – son of Brahma – carried out several yajnas and She materialized in the form of Sati. Sadly, Daksha had reservations about Sati’s marriage with Shiva; and thus excluded Him from the next ceremony he organized. Nonetheless, upon persistent entreaties by His wife to visit her father at this event without him , Shiva acquiesced despite being aware that it would be risky due to Dakha’s hostility towards Him. Daksha’s blatant disrespect towards Shiva infuriated Sati to the point where she immolated herself. This prompted the wrathful form of Veerabhadra, Shiva’s manifestation, to destroy Daksha and his yagna ritual. Overwhelmed with grief for Sati, Lord Shiva wandered across Aryavartha in despair – this sorrow manifested as an explosive dance of destruction known as Tandav. Lord Vishu, with the aim of stopping the Tandav, used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut through the Sati’s corpse. The parts of Sati body fell at varroas spots all through the Indian and neighboring country and these Sacred sites came to be called Shakti Peethas .

By Air
Located just 65 km away, Maharaja Bikram Bir Airport in Agartala is the closest temple to our own.

By Rail
The Tripura Sundari temple stands only 3 km away from the Udaipur railhead, and the Agartala railway station is an approximate 50 km journey.

By Road
Udaipur is connected to all the primary cities in Tripura, including Agartala situated 60 km away from it. This proximity affords travelers a regular bus service to reach the temple quickly.

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