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Bhabanipur shakti peet mantras, story, video, location, how to reach

Bhabanipur Shakti Peet Mantras, Story, Video, Location, How To Reach

Bhabanipur shakti peet mantras, story, video, location, how to reach

Bhabanipur (Bengali: ভবানীপুর) is a sacred site around Karatoyatat located about 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Sherpur Upazila of Bogra District, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh. It is one of the Shakti Peethas of the Indian subcontinent.

The Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth is a place of worship consecrated to the Goddess Maa Bhabani. The Shakti devi here is called Arpana and the Bhairava is Vaman. As to which part of “Sati” Maa Tara’s body fell at Bhabanipur, there are various versions. It could be left anklet (ornament), ribs of left chest, right eye, or bedding (according to various sources).

How to reach Bhawanipur?

Bhawanipur village is located on the bank of river Karatoya, 28 Kms from Sherpur/Serapur.
Devotees can go to Bhawanipur from Dhaka via Jamuna Bridge and after passing Chandaikona in Sirajganj District, they can reach Ghoga Bot-tola bus stoppage on the same highway from where they can reach the Bhawanipur Temple premises by van or scooter. Pilgrims from the districts located to the North of Bogra can reach the Bhawanipur Temple premises by passing through Sherpur, Mirzapur and Ghoga Bot-tola (bus stoppage) of Bogra district.

Legend

The temple is believed to be very old and the goddess in the temple is variously called as Aparna (One who even stopped eating fallen leaves while doing Penance for lord Shiva), Arpana (One who is dedicated to lord Shiva/ One who is offered to lord Shiva), Tara and Bhawani.

Her stories are linked with the Natore kings. According to a legend dating back to early eighteenth century, Ma appeared as a small girl in-front of a bangle seller beside the lonely pond, nearby her temple in dense forest. She had divine charm with tip of vermilion (Tilak) on her forehead. She bought conch bangles from the seller and told that she is daughter of Nator Rajbari (Palace of Rajshahi zamindars) and asked him to collect money kept at a specific place in that palace. He went to Rajbari to collect his money. Rani Bhabani (the wife of then late Raja Rmakanta) being wondered by hearing this story, came to the site of pond with her court. But they can’t find any girl there. Bangle seller understood that he saw Maa Tara and prąyed a lot for the re-appearance. Maa raised from the pond showing her two wrists with the conch bangles worn. From then onwards the name of that pond became “Shakha-Pukur” (conch-bangles pond) and devotees take their holy bath when they go for the goddess.

Another story tells that the King of Nator and his grandson the Maharajah Ramakrishna used to meditate near the temple. And I also learned that the seat, the Yagna kunda and five skulls are still present there. Now, “Bhabanipur Temple Devolopment, Renovation, and Management Committee” was established for the purpose of bringing the temple into limelight. As there is no idol for the goddess, a Kali murti was consecrated, and arrangements were made to offer Bhog to Maa daily.

Temples

Surrounded by a boundary wall, the Temple comprises about an area of four acres (12 bighas) – Main Temple, Belbaran Tala, 4 Shiva Temples, Patal Bhairava Shiva Temple, Gopal Temple, Bashudev Temple and Nat Mandir. On the north side, there is a Sheba Angan, Holy Shakha-Pukur (conch-bangles pond), 2 bathing ghats, 4 Shiva Temples outside the boundary wall and a Panchamunda Asana.

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Worship, rituals and festivals

Pravati and Balya Bhog worship and Anna Bhog at noon, and Arati and Bhog at evening. Devotees can offer Bhog to the divine mother “Tara” (Ma Bhabani) every day and take Prasad later.

Every year, festivals take place at the Bhabanipur Temple premises on auspicious occasions. They are:

  • Maghi Purnima in the Bengali month of Magh/Falgun
  • Ram Nabomi in the month of Chaitra/Baishakh
  • Durgotshov in autumn
  • Dipannita Shyama Puja
  • Nabanna in the month of Aghrahoyon

Location and communication

Devotees can go to Bhabanipur from Dhaka via Jamuna Bridge and after passing Chandaikona in Sirajganj District, they can reach Ghoga Bot-tola bus stoppage on the same highway from where they can reach the Bhabanipur Temple premises by availing themselves of van or scooter. Pilgrims from the districts located to the North of Bogra can reach the Bhabanipur Temple premises by passing through Sherpur, Mirzapur and Ghoga Bot-tola (bus stoppage) of Bogra district.

Temple management

The Bhabanipur Temple Renovation, Development and Management Committee had been successfully supervising the temple activities and Ma Bhabani’s properties from 1991 up until 2010. But because of misuse of “Debottor/Arpito Sampotty Ain” (Vested Property Act), a large portion of Ma Bhabani’s properties are being illegally occupied by miscreants. Besides a former publicity and publication editor of the committee, journalist Dipankar Chakrobarty, was murdered in 2004, but his murderers have not yet been brought to justice. Moreover, in 2007, Combined Forces (Bangladesh Army) illegally destroyed the Guest House which was under construction by the committee for the devotees.

 

 

 

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