In rural Marhowrah, in Saran district of Bihar, is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Durga or Shakti. This temple is known as Gadh Devi Maa. Legend has it that Durga rested here on her journey to Thawe (in Gopalgunj). The main deity is Devi Maa Durga. Mondays and Fridays are the days when special Pujas are held and the temple sees a lot of crowd on these days. In Hindi, the word Gadh means mountain and hence the Devi is also known as the mountains daughter. Here, the Goddess is worshipped in all her 3 forms - Mahalakshmi, Maha Saraswati and Mahakaali. Besides the main Goddess, there are shrines for other Gods and Goddesses too.
Legend and Stories
Once, Lord Shiva was bringing upon the destruction of the Earth, holding Sati's burning body. To avoid this destruction, Lord Vishnu cut up Sati's body into pieces. Wherever these pieces fell, a Shakti Peeth emerged. This is the place where some of Sati's blood was splattered. Another story is of the Sugar mill that was in Marhowrah. While the Sugar mill was being built, one after another, there were numerous problems in its construction. Then the engineers and workers worshiped the Goddess continuously for several days. The temple was built after this Puja without any hassle.
Durga Puja is the biggest festival that is celebrated here. There are special Pujas held for resolving marital problems, childbirth issues and other wish fulfillment cases. During Navratri, it is believed that no devotee leaves the temple empty handed. The Goddess fulfills every wish.
The nearest airport is in Patna. The nearest railway station is Marhowrah Junction. This place is well connected to Patna by railways and roadways.
Gadh Devi Temple,
Marhowrah, Saran District, Bihar,
India, Pincode – 841418.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Trouble-free marital life
- Removal of physical ailments
- Freedom from economic Problems
- Fearless disposition
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah
Meaning -Goddess Durga is omnipresent and a personification of the universal mother, who is omnipresent and who embodies power and energy. Oh great mother, who also embodies peace, I bow to you, mother, I bow to Durga and I bow to Shakti.
Ayi Giri Nandini Nandita Medini Vishva Vinodini Nandi Nute Giri Vara Vindhya Shiro Adhi Nivaasini Vissnnu Vilaasini Jissnnu Nute Bhagavati He Shiti Kannttha Kuttumbini Bhuri Kuttumbini Bhuri Krte Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura Mardini Ramya Kapardini Shaila Sute
Meaning -I offer my salutations to the mountain's daughter, who fills the world with joy, who is praised by Nandi, who lives on Vindhya's summits, who gives joy to Her brother Lord Vishnu and who Lord Indra praises, Oh Goddess who is Lord Shiva's consort and who created abundance. The destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, the one with beautiful hair and the mountain's daughter, victory to you.
Madhu Kaittabha Vidhvamsi Vidhaatr Varade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -Oh Devi Durga, we salute you for destroying Madhu and Kaitabha and granting Lord Brahma the boon of protection. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
Mahissaasura Nirnaashi Bhaktaanaam Sukhade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -We salute Goddess Durga who destroyed Mahishasura, the demon, who bestows a lot of happiness on Her devotees. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
The temple is open from 09:30 am to 01:30 pm and from 04:30 pm to 07:30 pm.