Goddess Sati’s necklace fell in this place and the idols are Devi Maa as Nandini and Lord Shiva as Nandikishore Bhairav. The temple is located in formerly known as Nandipur village, which is now a part of Sainthia town, Birbhum district, West Bengal (220 K.m from Kolkata). 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 52 Shakti peethas, and is only 1.5 K.m from Railway Station. The river Kopai flows in the town. The river and Maa Nandikeshwari give a divine impression to the entire place.
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 Peetha is built in 1320 (According to the Bengali calendar). The temple is on an elevated platform, and has many other smaller shrines of many Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu mythology. Statues of the Mahavidyas are carved out on the walls overseeing the main temple.
In the temple there is an idol of Lord Shiva as Bhairava or Nandikeshwar. Inside the temple premises are many other temples of Lord Vishnu, Dashavataar, Ram-Sita, Lord Hanuman, Goddess Navadurga, Lord Shiva and more. There is a huge sacred tree where the devotees tie red and yellow threads to fulfill their wishes. The temple’s exterior is done with beautiful paintings of many Gods and Goddesses. There is also Lord Jagannath’s temple on the main road, besides main temple. The atmosphere around the temple is very calm and blissful as it is far away from the city’s hustle bustle.
About The Deity
The holy temple of Nandikeshwari Mata is dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is worshipped by a large number of Hindu devotees. It is believed that Devi Sati’s ‘Necklace’ fell here. Goddess Sati,is believed to be in a gigantic rock in the shape of back of a turtle and is smeared with vermillion. The idol of the Goddess is adorned with a silver crown and three golden eyes.
Legend and Stories
Nandikeshwari Shakti Peeth Temple is one of the historic places in West Bengal,India. Here, Devi Shakti is worshipped as Nandini by devotees. As legends put it, this is the place where Devi Sati’s necklace fell and is believed that her presence is in the premises in the form of a huge rock resembling a turtle’s back. The main idols of the temple are Devi Sati as "Nandini" and Lord Shiva as "Nandikeshwar" located on the banks of Tista River. 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), along with a yagna. Special rituals are also held on Kali Puja and on Amavasyas (new moon). And daily, Maa is offered with ‘anna-bhog’(rice ) in the noon.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit the temple is between Octobers to March.
No entry fee.
Devotees pray to Nandikeshwari Mata for fulfillment of their wishes and to have prosperity.
The nearest airport is DumDum, Kolkata.
The Nearest Railway station is Nandipura station.
There are many public and private vehicles available to reach Nandikeshwari Shakti Peetha Temple from 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
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.