Maa Sati's necklace fell here and the idols are Devi Maa as Nandini and Lord Shiva as Nandikishore Bhairav. It is located in earlier Nandipur village, which is now a part of Sainthia town, Birbhum district, West Bengal. Sainthia is known as business capital of Birbhum district and it is famous for its temple of Nandikeshwari Mata. Nandikeshwari temple is one of the 51 Shakti peethas, is only 1.5 K.m from Railway Station. The town is sanctified by the river Kopai and Maa Nandikeshwari, the Holy Goddess.
About The Temple
The name Sainthia is derived from ‘Sain’, a Bengali term used to refer to an Islamic priest. Sainthia is also known as ‘Nandipur’, after Nandikeshwari Temple. Nandikeshwari sakthi pheet temple was built in 1320 (According to the Bengali calendar). It rests on an elevated platform, and contains many additional smaller shrines to many gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Statuettes of the Mahavidyaas are carved on the walls overlooking the main temple. In this temple there lies the Bhairava as Nandikeshwar. Inside the temple premise there are many other temples of Dashavataar, Lord Vishnu, Hanumanji, Ram-Sita, NavaDurga, Lord Shiva and some more. There is a huge sacred tree where the devotees bind colourful threads to fulfil their wishes. On the body of these temples, there are beautiful paintings of many Gods and Goddesses figures. There is a huge sacred tree where the devotees bind red and yellow threads to fulfil their wishes. There is Lord Jagannath’s temple on the main road only, just beside the main temple. The atmosphere around the temple is very calm and tranquil and is far away from din and bustle of the city.
About The Deity
The holy temple of Nandikeshwari Mata is dedicated to a divine power “Goddess Durga” who is worshipped by a large number of Hindu devotees. It is believed that Devi Sati’s ‘Necklace’ fell here. She is believed to be present in a big mounted rock, deeped with vermillion, in the shape of the back of a tortoise (kurma). She is adorned with a silver crown and three golden eyes.
Legend and Stories
The history says that Nandikeshwari Shakti Pith Temple is one of the historic place in west bengan india,where the divine power of the worshipped as a devi shakti "Nandini"by Hindu devotees.According to the hindu legends,it is whispered that devi sati's "Necklace' fell here and Goddesh is present in a huge rock in the shape of tortose. The main idol of this legendary divine place is devi as "Nandini" and Lord Shiva as "Nandikeshwar" located in the bank of Tista River worshipped here. The holy place is dedicated to Maa Durga and Lord Shiva.
Festivals are held especially in The Baishakhi Purnima or the Buddha Purnima (full moon day), with yagna. Special rituals are also held on Kali Puja and on Amabasyas (new moon). And daily, Maa is offered with ‘anna-bhog’(rice ) on the noon.
Best time to Visit
October to March
No entry fee.
Devotees prays to Nandikeshwari Mata for their wishes to be fulfilled and to gain prosperity.
The nearest airport is DumDum, Kolkata. The Nearest Railway station is Nandipura station. There are many public and private vehecles available to reach Nandikeshwari Shakti Pith Temple Nandipura.
Shri Nandipur Shakti Peeth Road,
West Bengal – IN.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.