Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kankalitala - The Shaktipith Tour

I visited the Sati Shaktipeeth Kankalitala with my own and my younger brother's family last winter. It was a pleasant journey by car from Rampurhat of Birbhum district. We started our journey at about 9 am from my elder sister's house at Rampurhat. On the way we took rest at some market place for breakfast. After that, we again moved by car for our destination Kankalitala. 

          Finally, we crossed about 63 kms and reached at the desired Shaktipeeth after one and half an hour.

          When we reached there, we saw that a good number of beggers were sitting on both side of the entrance road. We slowly crossed the road and entered into the main premises of the temple. The temple is a traditional 'pacca' construction with adjacent 'Nat Mandir' for the devotees and pilgrims. At that morning time, some of family's were busy with the rituals of goddess and some of them came for marriage also. Then I've seen the open place beside the temple where a big 'harikath' or instrument for animal sacrifice was established there and a newly married couple was completing the 'saptapadi' or traditional seven circles by surrounding that instrument. It was an amazing experience for me. 

            We spent some good time there and enjoyed. We came to know that there was no traditional image of goddess in that temple but a big framed picture of the goddess is there to worship as the bone or 'kankal' of Sati Parbati had fallen there and thus it reckoned as one of the Shaktipeeth or Satipeeth of goddess Durga out of 51 peeth.

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