This temple is among the 18 Maha Shakti Peeths. Here the breast of Sati Devi fell. Any devotee who comes to Mangala Gowri with their wishes and prayers returns successfully with all of them fulfilled.
|Date built:||1300 b.c|
|Architectural style:||Indian rock-cut architecture|
|Address:||Mangla Gauri Mandir Rd, Shakti Peetham, Gaya, Bihar 823001|
During Navaratra (Dashara) huge number of devotees visit every day. Navaratra is celebrated there in huge way. Also every Tuesday there will be huge crowed of devotees.
The Mangla Gauri temple in India has been mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana and Shri Devi Bhagwat Puraan and Markandey Puraan in other scriptures and tantric works. This temple is among the eighteen maha shaktipeeth. The present temple dates back to the 15th century. The shrine is dedicated to Sati or the Mother Goddess in the predominantly Vaishnavite pilgrimage centre of Gaya. Mangalagauri is worshipped as the Goddess of benevolence. This temple constitutes an Upa-Shakti Peeth — where it is believed that a part of the body of Sati fell according to mythology. Here Sati is worshipped in the form of a breast, a symbol of nourishment. It is believed that whoever comes to Maa Durga with his wishes and prayers, returns successfully with all of prayers and wishes come true.
The temple is facing east and is built on top of the Mangalagauri hill. A flight of steps and a motorable road lead to it. The sanctum houses the symbol of the Goddess and it has some finely carved ancient relief sculptures. A small hall or mandap stands in front of the temple. The courtyard houses a fire pit for the home.There are two minor shrines dedicated to Shiva and images of Mahishasura Mardini, Durga and Dakshina Kali.The temple complex encompasses of temples of Maa Kali, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Indian Rail: The nearest railway station is Gaya Jn which is 4 km from the temple. This railway station is on the root between Kolkatta to Delhi and lots of trains are available from different Indian cities. Regular autos and taxis are available at the railway station.
Buses: The nearest bus station is in Gaya which is 6 km from the temple. Regular buses are available from different cities like Patna, Ranchi, Varanashi, Kolkatta etc. One can also choose tour package from Patna, Ranchi, Varanashi and other different cities
Airport: The nearest airport is Gaya International airport which is 10 km from the temple. The airport is well connected with different cities in India.
Private Taxis: Availability of private taxi, Autos are very good.
Accommodation & Food
There are lots of hotels and lodges available around the temple for different price range. One can stay in Bodh Gaya as well.
Food & Restaurant:
As this is very famous tourist place in Bihar, lots of Indian and continental restaurants are available around the temple. Both South Indian, North Indian and continental foods are available.