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Tripura Sundari

tripura sundari templeTripura Sundari temple or Mata Tripura Sundari (Maa Kali) temple is located at 3 km towards south from Udaipur town. This temple is considered one of the 51 Shaktipithas and was constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 on a Hill rock. Thousands of devotees, pilgrims and tourists visit here on the occasion of Diwali every year. This temple, known as Matabari to the local people, is also attended daily by hundreds of devotees. The temple has a magnificent called Kalyan sagar. This lake is also a conservatory of tortoises and rare fishes.

This pithasthan is also known as Kurma Pith because the shape of the temple premises resembles to that of "Kurma" namely tortoise. Inside the temple, the idol of Maa Kali is kept which is made of reddish black "Kastic Pathar" (a special stone). Maa Kali is worshipped in her 'Soroshi' form in this temple. There is an idol of smaller size of Maa Kali called 'Chotto Maa 'and this image used to be carried by Maharajas of Tripura during "Mrigaya" namely hunting and also during war.

Temple's History                                                                                  go to top

It is known that the temple was first constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 A. D. It was repaired by Maharaja Rama Manikya in 1681 A D, when it was damaged by lightning and again by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya during the beginning of this century.

As per mythological saying, the toe of right foot of Mata Sati fell at this place. It is one of the most important tourist destination of Tripura, which attracts hundreds of pilgrims every day. During Diwali, a big Diwali mela is organised in the Mata Tripura Sundari Temple complex, where thousands of pilgrims offer puja (prayer). According to Rajmala, the Tripura Sundari Temple was constructed for establishing the idol of Lord Vishnu. But one night Mahamaya came into the dreams of Maharaja Dhanyamanikya and asked him to shift her idol from Chittagong, now in Bangladesh, to this place, and accordingly Mata Tripura Sundari was established in this temple. The temple administration is run by the of Revenue Department of the State.

Temple's Structure                                                                            go to top

According to an inscription note on the monuments by the Archaeological Survey of India, there are two identical images of the same deity i.e. Tripura Sundari, inside the temple. One is called 'Chhoto Maa' which seems to be a regional one, rising about 2 ft in height, while the main idol of 'Tripura Sundari' is of 5 ft. It is difficult to date the image of Chhoto Maa accurately as it is worn-out. Moreover the attributes in her hands are either too much blurred or lost. The temple is also known as 'Kurma Pitha' because of the shape of the temple premises appears that of a 'kurma' i.e. a tortoise.