The deity of Goddess Shakti is worshipped at the Maa Ambika Sthan Temple which is located at a village called Aami in Dighwara, Bihar. The temple is situated in the Saran District, almost 37kms away from Chhapra and about 4kms away from Dighwara. This temple is also known as Aambika Bhawani Mandir by its devotees.
About The Temple
The structure of the temple is built of the banks of Ganga River and is surrounded by water from all the sides. The Ganga’s image from this pint is referred to as Lingvat. It is believed that even during the various floods that took place in the area, the fort remained intact. This temple is built on debris. In 1973, Sri Prakash Chandra, the Director of Department of Archaeology of the Government of Bihar found a wall built of bricks that were used during the ancient Pal Dynasty.
The other three Shiva Temples of Baiyanath, Pashupati Nath and Vishwanath exist at an equal distance and create an imaginary equidistant triangle. The Ambika Asthan Ami is the centre of this equidistant triangle and is of great significance.
This temple is also said to be the place where the Yagya for three years was performed by King Surath and Samadhi Vaishya. After the prayers, Goddess appeared in front of them. Another belief explains that this region was initially called Drigdwara instead of Digwara as it was the main entrance of the palace of Daksh Prajapati. This palace was afterwards destroyed due to Goddess Sati’s corpse but this place has always been of great significance.
Legend and Stories
As per the legends from Shiva Puran, once the son of Brahma called King Prajapati Daksh criticized God Shiva in front of Goddess Sati due to which Goddess Sati sacrificed her life. She did so as she felt insulted by the words said to her husband-God Shiva. When God Shiva came to know about her death, he carried her corpse on the shoulders and started a Tandava. During this, the ‘Ami’, i.e. the trunk of Sati’s body fell in this region and the holy temple of Shaktipeeth Ambika Sthan was established. It is believed that this is the highest Shiva Tandava Dance stage in the world.
The festivals of Navratri and Shivaratri are celebrated with great joy at the temple. A fair is organised in the village during Navratri while a grand wedding ceremony for God Shiva and Goddess Parvati is conducted on Shivaratri.
Devotees believe that all their wishes are fulfilled by the Goddess if they worship with a pure heart. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit this temple during the festival of Dussehra to get the Gods blessings.
How to Reach Aami Mandir
The Jaiprakash Narayan Airport located at Patna is nearest to the temple as it is only 57kms away.
The Dighwara Railway Station is nearest to the temple as it is only 3kms away.
Frequent road transport is available to reach the temple. The village is located on the National Highway 19 and is well connected to other major cities.
Maa Ambika Sthan / Aami Mandir
Aami, Dighwara, Bihar,
India, Pincode - 841207.
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.