Mangal Chandi Mandir, located in Ujani, West Bengal, is a temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi and her consorts. This Temple is believed to be hundreds of years old and has been a pilgrimage site for devotees all around India. Popularly known as the ‘Ujani Devi Temple’ or ‘Ujani Shaki Peeth’, it attracts many visitors throughout the year who come here to seek blessings from the powerful deity.
|Temple Name||Shri Mangal Chandi Mandir|
|Temple is also known as||Ujani Devi Temple, Ujani Shaki Peeth|
|Temple Dedicated to||Goddess Chandika|
|Temple Timing||5:00 AM to 8:00 PM|
|Darshan Fee||Free Entry|
|VIP Entry||Not available|
|Live Darshan||Not available|
|Important Festivals||Mahashivratri, Durga Puja, Kali Puja & Diwali|
|Address||Kogram, Nutanhat, West Bengal 713147|
|Official Website||Not available|
|Contact Number||Not available|
|Official Email ID||Not available|
About Ujani Mangal Chandi Mandir
Hindus think that Mangal Chandika Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas that are well-known. The Mangal Chandika Shakti Peeth is in the village of Ujani in the district of Guskara in the state of West Bengal, called Bardhaman. The train station in Guskara is about 16 km from the Temple.
Chandi means “smart” or “skilled,” and Mangal means “welfare.” Since Goddess is skilled at doing good things for people, she is called Mangal Chandika. Also, Chandi is another name for Durga, and Mangal is the name of Earth’s son.
At Mangal Chandika Shakti Peeth, it is said that Goddess Sati’s “right wrist” fell. “Mangal Chandika” and “Kapilambar” represent the spiritual powers of Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva, respectively.
The proud King Dakshya called for a yajna, but he didn’t invite his daughter Sati and her husband, Lord Shiva, because Dakshya didn’t like his son-in-law all that much. When Sati showed up at the yajna ceremony without being invited, the horrible king insulted her and Lord Shiva as much as he could. Devi set herself on fire right then and there out of anger and pain, leaving behind a dead body. When Lord Shiva found out about this, he took the form of Birbhadra and cut off Dakshya’s head. He then took the body of Devi and started to cry.
Lord Vishu sent the Sudarshan Chakra to cut up the body of the Devi to ease His pain and save the world. When that happened, 51 pieces of the body were cut off. The Devi’s right wrist fell here, creating the Shakti Peeth.
The Ujani Shakti Peeth is a simple building that has just been painted yellow. It has no special architectural details. The Temple courtyard has many beautiful trees that have been there for a long time. Two idols of the gods are set up inside the garbha griha. One is of Devi Mangal Chandi, and the other is of Lord Shiva as Kapilambar, who is worshipped here.
The Mangala Chandika temple is open between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
Ujani Mangal Chandi Mandir Rituals
At the Maa Mangal Chandi Temple, regular Nitya pujas are performed. She baits performs ceremonies beginning with snana and ending with the garbha griha being decorated with flowers and oil lamps. Next, the deities are dressed in new garments, which followers typically donate. Before the aarti, pilgrims can perform their puja to the deities after a specific period. Later, they can partake in Maa Mangal Chandi and Lord Shiva’s Prasad.
During Durga Puja, Navaratri, and especially during Kalipuja or Diwali, the deities are uniquely dressed with jewellery and extravagant attires. Purohits also perform yajnas on certain occasions. In this ancient Shakti Peeth of Bardhaman’s area, Mahashivratri is also celebrated with great pomp.
No specific dress code; however, visitors to the Temple are expected to wear clean, conservative apparel.
Temple’s Famous Festivals
|November||Kali Puja & Diwali|
West Bengal is well-known for holding more than 14 shakti peeths and is known as “mini-India” due to its unique geographical and cultural diversity. Coming back to the culture of this eastern Indian state, Bengal has been renowned for its rich culture both pre- and post-partition.
Each province offers its cultural perspective, from Darjeeling to the Sundarbans and from Puruliya to the ‘Rarh’ region of Birbhum. Beginning with Bengali music, dance, theatre, literature, and art, and excluding Bengali cuisine, West Bengal has effectively established its unique aesthetics on the global stage.
How to Reach
The Temple is about 3 km from the Natunhat Bus Stop, 20 km from the Guskara Railway Station, 38 km from Bardhaman, 138 km from the Kolkata Airport, and 148 km from Kolkata. After you pass the Natunhat Bus Stop, take the sharp left turn to get to the Temple. To get to this Temple, you must turn right off the main road and onto a village road.