Katyayani Mandir is situated in the Dighri village of Katihar District in Bihar. The temple is also popularly known as Katyayini Astan. Situated on the banks of River Koshi, this place is easily accessible through railways since it is located between Badlaghat and Dhamaraghat stations, which are on Mansi - Saharsa rail route.
About The Temple
The asthan is a group of temples dedicated to Devi Katyayani along with Lord Ram, Lakshman and Devi Janaki. The temple was majorly renovated in the year 1957. As a tradition, devotees visit these temples every Mondays and Fridays to offer their prayers to these deities.
According to local tales, people of this region worship Devi Katyayani in two different forms – either as Sidh Peeth or as Lok Devi (Goddess of Milk Cattles). This is the reason why devotees offer raw milk to the deity.
Legend and Stories
According to Hindu Mythology, Rishi Katyayan was performing tapas on the banks of River Kaushiki (now Koshi) when Durga Devi is said to have taken the form of a child and had appeared before him. The pious Rishi is said to have considered the child his daughter and hence, she came to be known as Katyayani. Another legend says that around 300 years ago, this region was said to be a thick forest area. One day a devotee named Shripat Maharaj saw Maa Katyayani in his dream, who had asked him to build a temple for her. Accordingly he built an earthen Temple at that location and began worshiping her.
How to Reach
The nearest domestic airport is located at Bagdogra in the state of West Bengal. This airport is situated near Silliguri and is around 160 kms from Katihar. Loknayak Jaiprakash Airport in Patna, Bihar is approximately 350 kms from Katihar.
The Katihar Railway Junction is the nearest railway station to the temple. The place is easily accessible through railways.
Frequent and regular bus services are available to reach Katihar. BSRTC operates bus services from Katihar to most of the nearby towns and cities in Bihar and West Bengal.
Dhamara Ghat, Dighri, Katihar district,
Bihar, India, Pincode – 851201.
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.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.