Purnia is famous for the oldest temple of Goddess Puran Devi, which is 5 km away from the city. Some people believe that many years ago Purnia was POORN-ARNYA which stands for complete jungle that’s why it became Purnia.
About The Temple
Goddess Puran Devi is a form of the revered goddess Kali. An idol of Pooran Devi can be seen totally covered with garlands and flowers. It is during Durga Pooja that one sees a maximum number of visitors here. Also the Shiva lingam is present. Goddess Puran is the composition of nine Goddesses.
Legend and Stories
According to legend, five centuries ago, there was a Nawab named Shaukat Ali, the landlord. Then this area was called Alamganj. There was also a saint named Hathinath. Once, the saint was taking bath in the pond, when a man brought an elephant to that place. He rudely asked the saint to make way for the elephant. The saint said the elephant should wait. The man said the elephant belonged to the Nawab and moved the elephant into the water. The saint, very angry, plucked its tusks. The elephant died, while the man fled the scene. From then onwards, the tusks have been preserved very carefully in a temple room. Nawab Shaukat Ali bowed before the saint with respect. He donated his entire land for the temple.
It is peaceful, though there are a fair number of devotees. Known for the practice of sacrifice, Pooran Devi temple came into existence when a hundred goats were beheaded.
The nearest airports are Bagdogra Airport and Patna Airport.
Purnia has its own Railway Station.
Roadways, especially national highways connect Purnia with other major cities of India.
Puran Devi Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Protection from evil
- Destruction of ego
Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te
Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.
Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat
Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us
Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey
Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah
Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM