Kankalitala Temple, Bolpur

Kankalitala, this is one sacred destination of Hindus. It is one of the 52 Shakti Peeths, which is holy abode of Goddess Sati. It is believed that when Lord Shiva in a rage, refused to give up Sati, his consort’s dead body. He danced wildly and angrily. Lord Vishnu, in order to calm him down cut the corpse of Goddess Sati in to 52 pieces. One of the pieces, Her waist, is believed to have fallen here. You can read the story here.

52 Shakti Peeths are scattered all over India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Bangladesh and one in Pakistan too. You can see the entire list here. At each location a temple is built or it existed for centuries.

 Kankalitala Temple is close to Shantiniketan. This temple is 8kms from Bolpur station. Prayers are offered on everyday basis, but it seemed to be a very desolate place. Sometime back in 2010, a major burglary took place there, the temple was looted. There is a boundary around the temple, but that seemed to be a mute spectator.

A huge banyan tree provided shade to the temple complex. Just outside the temple premises under the hot sun, were a set of poor devotees seeking alms!

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