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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40 Responses

  1. Oh, what a shame the temple was looted!

  2. Joop Zand says:

    Lovely post again…..alway nice and interesting Indrani.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Such a beautiful place and wonderful captures as always, Indrani!! I always look forward to seeing pictures of your world! Have a great week!

  4. Ash says:

    Lovely little temple full of history. I once visited a temple in Haridwar, where they believed Sati Devi's eyes fell.

  5. Lovely Temple,full of history.
    Very nice post.

  6. George says:

    This is a beautiful temple. Vandalism is always horrible, but vandalism in a sacred place seems especially evil.

  7. TexWisGirl says:

    that tree is special!

  8. Cloudia says:

    Thank you for bringing us.


  9. i really enjoy learning more about the very vast and deep indian culture.

  10. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely and fascinating place.

  11. Wonderful story of this place. Nice to know about this place.

  12. Karen says:

    Isn't that banyan tree amazing!

  13. Thanks sharing your knowledge.How horrible to loot a temple.

  14. Beautiful impressions … I would love to be there!

  15. Nice to read your post & pics, Beautiful temple. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Fun60 says:

    Hindu temples are always alive with such colours.

  17. Bibi says:

    Interesting story (I clicked on the link). Does the number 52 have significance? Now, of course, it's the number of weeks in a year. I'm always confused and overwhelmed by the number of deities and their various forms…

  18. ashok says:

    never heard abt this…thanks for sharing Ind

  19. Pearl says:

    chopping the body to pieces to calm the grieving down. that's counterintuitive but maybe gods work differently.

    people vandalize anything. how to cultivate everyone?

  20. That is an impressive banyan tree…so big…and the blue on the columns in the first picture is so pretty. I know it must be a lovely temple to visit. genie

  21. Onkar says:

    Telling pictures

  22. Joyful says:

    Your photos are very colourful and the story about the Goddess Sati is very sad. It is sad too that the widows have to sit outside in the hot sun. It is too bad they do not have someone to care for them. I hope they get enough alms each day.

  23. Is there a throng of dwvotees to this hallowed ?The temple appears poor.If it has no financial wherewithal some philantropists should come to its,nitya puja, upkeep and maintenance.

  24. Pallavi says:

    I love reading about the history of our temples . Lovely write up Indrani 🙂

  25. Lovely Post on Hindu Myth..Indeed one of the Shakti Peeth is Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati,Assam–There also one piece of Goddess Sati is said to fell there…

  26. Such a beautiful and colorful temple,its so annoying when you see that there are so many people ready to steal temples and shame the temple and the people who love it.

  27. Fascinating history !

  28. Carver says:

    Fascinating post and great shots. That's a shame about the robbery.

  29. Beautiful pics…such a lonely tree.

  30. fascinating place and history, thanks for sharing.

  31. oh i had never heard of this temple..thanks indrani for sharing ,i have been to other shakti pith like mansadevi and kangradevi

  32. That's too bad the place was taken advantage of like that. It looks like a beautiful place.

  33. Jeevan says:

    That’s interesting epic on the temple! Located at a peaceful environment… like the banyan tree

  34. Nice info and pictures too. It is an eyesore to find people begging before/near such important shrines. I think it is their passion.

  35. So interesting.

    Wonderful to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I have been!"

    – The Tablescaper

  36. A very interesting story! So sorry the temple was vandalized. Thanks for sharing this.

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