The Sugandha Shaktipeeth is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sunanda. It is located in the village of Shikarpur, 10 miles north of Barisal, in Bangladesh. This Hindu temple is one of the Shakti Peethas.
About the temple
It is said that the nose of Maa Sati fell here. The idol of Maa Sati is called as ‘Sunanada’ and the lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Traimbak’. The Bhairav temple is in Ponabalia, located 5 miles south of Jhalkati rail station. Ponabalia is under the village Shamrail situated on the bank of the river Sunanda. The whole complex of the Sugandha shaktipeeth temple is made of stone, with images and statues of gods engraved on to it. The sculptures presents are mesmerizing looks of the temple to the visitors. Shine of the marble fitted on to it and its reflection on the water of the river is surely one thing that people do not want to miss out here.
About the Deity
The Main Deity is Goddess Sugandha.
Legend and stories
There is no exact information available about the construction or establishment of this temple. But surely this temple was constructed in very olden times, because of the whole appearance of the temple comes very ancient. But people visiting this temple will surely find from local people about the existence of this temple and information related to its origin.
In this Sugandha shaktipeeth one famous festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion is the ‘Shiva Chaturdashi’ and this is celebrated in the month of March. The whole ambience of temple during this festival is mesmerizing to see and people all over the country come here to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Apart from this festival, Navaratri are also celebrated with same energy and devotion. Special ceremonies and rituals are carried during these days.
There is no scarcity of rest places or hotel in the vicinity of temple. As Barisal is a big city near to this place, people generally prefer to come from this city and go back for their accommodation because it just a 4 to 5 hour journey from Barisal to Shakti Peeth. The rates of hotels are pretty decent and good.
People going from india need to get the visa from this pilgrimage Journey. Since Sugandha Devi temple is located near Barisal city, its well connected by all three modes of transport. There is an international airport at the Barisal City. Jhalakati Railway Station cements the way fallen near Sughanda Shakthi Peeth. From Barisal several local transports ply towards this region and it is easier to reach because of the presence of Highway near to it. For Indian travellers, Bangladesh is pretty near to the West Bengal, so after taking the visa for pilgrimage or travel, people can contact to several travel agents.
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.