The deity of Goddess Kali is worshipped at the holy Shyama Mai Temple which is located at Darbhanga in Bihar. This temple was built on the graveyard where the ancestors of Royal Family were buried. The temple was built by the son of Rameshwar Singh named Kameshwar Singh in 1933 AD. The structure of the temple is red in color.
About The Temple
This temple is located near Lalit Narayana Mithila University. The deity of Goddess Kali is created of a 10 feet tall black stone and is enshrined above the grave of Rameshwar Singh. The deity depicts the Goddess wearing a green silk sari and crown while standing on God Shiva who is in a calm position. The deity depicts God Shiva in the form of Sadashiva while Goddess Shhyama can be seen with a snake wrapped like a sacred thread around her body. There is another deity in which God Shiva is standing in the form of Mahakal on the right side of Goddess Ma Shyama’s deity. The deities of God Kartik and God Ganesha are kept in front of this deity as it is believed that it will soothe God Shiva’s anger. Another shine consists of God Vishnu’s deity and prayers are held every morning in the temple. The prayers begin with the sound of shells while two priests/devotees ring a huge bell in the temple. This bell was gifted by a King of Nepal and is only rung twice in the day during the prayers.
The structure of the temple consists of a verandah called Jagmohana in front of the sanctum which represents the universe. The ceiling of the Jagamohana consists of different signs that are used in tantra sadhna to create a positive energy in the shrine. The deity of Goddess Ma Shyama was enshrined by a priest called Sitaram Jha Vyas who not only participated in ritual with King of Darbhanga but also specialized in rituals related to tantra sadhna.
Several different shrines are constructed within the temple and deities of various Goddesses are enshrined in the temple. The deity of Goddess Annapurna is installed on the cremation point of Elder Queen of Darbhanga and is made of white marble. In a nearby temple called Tara Temple, the deity is enshrined above the cremation point of King Lakshmeshwar Singh.
How to Reach Darbhanga
The Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport located at Patna is nearest to the temple as it is only 3 hours away from Darbhanga. This Airport is well connected to all the other major cities of India.
The Darbhanga Railway Station is nearest to the temple and it is well connected to other major cities of the country.
Frequent bus transport is available to reach the temple. The town of Darbhanga is well connected to other cities.
Madhweshvar Campus, Darbhanga, Bihar,
Pincode - 846004
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.
The temple opens from 4am to 1pm in the morning and from 3pm to 11pm in the evening.