Bhabanipur is a sacred place near Karatoyatat, located around 28 kms or 17 miles from Sherpur Upazila of Bogra District, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas situated in India. Being a Shakti Peeth, Bhabanipur is a historic and holy place for Hindu pilgrims.. There are number of temples in the premises of this Shakti-peeth, that are visited by pilgrims from all over the country and abroad, irrespective of sectarian differences.
About The Temple
The temple area sprawls of 12 bighas or acres around it is a compound wall. the temple comprises of Gopal temple, Patal Bhairava Shiva temple, Main Temple,four Shiva temples, Belbaran Tala, Nat Mandir and Bashudev temple. To the north,outside the compound wall is a Sheba Angan, four shiva temples, two bathing ghats, Holy Shakha Pukur( pond of conch bangles) and a Panchamunda Asana.
About The Deity
The Shakti Devi here is called Aparna and the Bhairava is Vaman. As per various sources, the body parts of Devi Sati Maa Tara's that fell at Bhabanipur are right eye, bedding, left anklet (ornament), ribs of left chest.
Legend and Stories
According to Hindu epic, Mahabharata, in the Satya Yuga, King Daksha arranged a ritual called Daksha Yagna in which his daughter Goddess Sati and Her husband Shiva were not invited. Despite uninvited Goddess Sati attended the function. Unable to bear the insult of her beloved husband Lord Shiva, Goddess Sati protested by sacrificing Herself into the sacred fire of the Yagna. Enraged with grief, Lord Shiva started dancing furiously as though he will destroy the universe carrying the body of Devi Sati on his shoulder. To put an end to this and calm Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu cut the corpse of Goddess Sati with the Sudharshan Chakra and as a result the various pieces of Goddess Sati's body and Her ornaments fell at various places in the Indian subcontinent. These places are now known as Shakti Peethas. Shakti Peethas are holy abode of the Mother Goddess. Each temple have shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava. The Shakti of Bhabanipur shrine is addressed as "Aparna"and the "Bhairava" as "Vaman". It is believed that Sati Devi's Left anklet fell here.
There is a legend that states, that once a conch-bangles dealer was passing by the side of a lonely pond in a dense jungle near the then Bhabanipur temple, a little girl with vermilion on her forehead approached him and told him that she was the daughter of the Natore Rajbari (Palace). She bought a pair of conch-bangles from him and requested him to collect the price of that bangles from the then Maharani Bhabani; from a basket that was kept in the Rajbari palace at a certain place. Her appearance and polite words overwhelmed the conch-dealer. Maharani Bhabhani rushed to the place with her courtmen and the conch-dealer as soon as she heard the entire narrative from him. On the earnest prayer by the conch-dealer, Ma Bhabani raised from that pond showing her two wrists with the conch-bangles worn. The queeni and her men were surprised, and the divinity of Mother Bhabani spread throughout the subcontinent. This is that holy "Shakha-Pukur" (conch-bangles pond) where the devotees take holy dip when they visit the place.
In the morning "Pravati" and "Balyo" "Bhog"
In the afternoon, the Goddess is worshipped and presented "Anna" "Bhog".
In the evening "Arati" and "Bhog" are offered to the Gods and Goddesses on behalf of the committee. Besides the devotees can offer “Bhog” to the Gods and Goddesses every day and take “Prasad” later.
1. Maghi Purnima in the Bengali month of Magh/Falgun
2. Ram Nabomi in the month of Chaitra/Baishakh
3. Durgotshov in autumn
4. Dipannita Shyama Puja
5. Nabanna in the month of Aghrahoyon
International Airport of Dhaka (Capital of Bangladesh) is the viable option if one is travelling by air.
Railway is not available between two countries.
The devotees can reach Bhabanipur through Mirzapur or Ghoga Bot-tola bus-stop (on Bogra-Dhaka highways) of Sherpur Upazilla of Bogra District.
Karatoyatat, Sherpur Upazila,
Bogra District, Bangladesh.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.