Vibhash Temple - Information, History & Temple timings

From 51 Shakti Peethas, Vibhash Shakti Peetha is the most famous amongst Hindus. This Shaktipeeth is located in Tamluk near East Medinipur district in the state of West Bengal. Vibhash Shakti Peeth is about 90 km from Kolkata, and the nearest railway station is Tamluk.

However, there is an interesting fact behind how Shakti peethas were found. According to the Puranas in Hinduism, wherever the body parts or ornaments of the goddess Sati fell, there it became Shakti Peeth. These Shakti Peethas are said to be holy shrines, which are spread throughout the Indian subcontinent. You must know about the Shakti peethas if you have an interest in Hindu Mythology, as they play a huge role.  Devipurana describes 51 Shakti Peethas.

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Vibhash Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. As stated in the above para, According to religious texts, parts of Goddess Sati fell at all these places. King Daksha, the father-in-law of Lord Shiva, organized a yajna, in which King Daksha did not send invitations to Lord Shiva and his wife Sati because King Daksha did not consider Lord Shiva as his equal. Sati, of course, felt terrible about it, and she reached the Yajna organized by her father, uninvited. She was humiliated to see the insult of her husband, lord shiva. Mata Sati could not bear, and she jumped into the Havan Kund at the time of Yajna. Lord Shankar came to know about this, after which he reached there and took out the body of Mata Sati from Havan Kund and started doing Tandava, which caused upheaval in the entire universe. To save the whole universe from this crisis, Lord Vishnu divided the body of Mata Sati into 51 parts from his Sudarshan Chakra, and that is how Shakti Peethas were found.

The "left heel" (ankle) of Mata Sati fell in the Vibhash Shakti Peeth. Here Mata Sati is known as 'Kapalini' (Bhimarupa) and Lord Shiva as 'Sharwanand.' The temple is known as "Bheemakali Temple."

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Meaning of Shaktipeetha

Shaktipeeth, Devipeeth, or Siddha Peeth gives the knowledge of the places where Shakti Rupa is the 'Adhisthana' (abode) of the Goddess. It is believed that these Shakti Peethas will provide good fortune to men. For the welfare of humans, just as Lord Shankar emerged in the form of the 'Pahanalinga' in various pilgrimages, in the same way, 'Karunamayi Devi' is seated as Shaktipeeth in various pilgrimages to grace the devotees.

About Temple

A famous Hindu Temple named “Bhimakali Temple” is located in Talmuk near Calcutta in the Purba district of West Bengal, dedicated to Maa Bheemakali.

It was developed by the maharaja of the Mayor dynasty. It is 1150 years old Hindu Kali Temple. The temple shows a great combination of three cultures, i.e., Hindu, Buddhism, and Oriya. Devotees celebrate festivals like Durga puja and Bengali New Year in this temple.

History and Significance

The temple has a great history, which states the temple as a holy shrine, and a sacred place for Hindus. Temple is known as Kapalini Shakti Peetha, also as the left ankle of a goddess had fallen here when Lord Vishnu divided her body into 51 pieces. After which each part of Mata Sati's' body gets its significance as Shakti Peeth.

Tamluk village is recognized as a significant Vaishnava Tirtha. According to Jamini and Kashidas Mahabharat, Lord Krishna appeared in Tamluk to release the Divine Horse of Ashwamedha Yajna. Tamluk is pious because Lord Krishna came here and blessed this place with their lotus feet.

Idols of God

There is a massive idol of "Shiv Linga" situated at the Sanctorum of the temple. The black stone "Shiva Linga" with white marble boundary is worshiped by the devotees, pilgrims, & priests, and Yajna are performed accordingly.

The central divinity adored here is Goddess Kali, which is the expression of the sacred Mother Mahisasurmardini, who is believed to destroy the demons. The Goddess has four hands carrying a Trishul and human skull, holding the demon's head after killing them in her lower hand.

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Fairs and Festivals

Festivals which are celebrated here with great devotion and glory are as follows:

  1. Durga Pooja: Durga pooja is celebrated here with colossal devotion. Thousands of devotees visit the temple to pray.
  2. Sharad Purnima: Sharad Purnima is observed with happiness and lightning.
  3. Deepawali: Deepawali is one of the most celebrated festivals all over the world. But the celebration of Deepawali in Vibhash Shakti Peeth is fantastic.
  4. Somvati Amavasya is also celebrated in the temple with great pomp and show.
  5. Ram Navami is the main festival of Hindus, which is celebrated everywhere around India. This festival is glorified here at Bhimakali temple with devotees’ love, affection, and dedication. Devotees fast and visit the temple to get blessings from God.
  6. Barunir Mela marked the 11th day of Magha Masa (Jan - Feb), which is said to be Magha Shudhha Ekadashi.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Vibhash Shakti Peetha, West Bengal, is winters i.e., from October to March as the weather is pleasing, relaxing, and refreshing. Summers are searing and sweltering due to high temperatures. It is best to avoid the summers to visit West Bengal as in winter, and One can enjoy the weather and natural surroundings & comfortably visit the other monuments.

How to reach

There are many ways to reach Vibhash Shakti Peeth, Beemakali Temple, West Bengal. One can opt. the desirable way according to their convenience. Multiple ways to reach the temple are as follows:

By Road: Tamluk is well connected to different cities via road as it is a junction. Six bus routes originate from Tamluk from various towns.

By Railway: Direct trains are also available from Howrah to Tamluk. Tamluk Junction railway station is located at Tamluk station Road, Tamluk, West Bengal. You can hire public transport to the temple from the railway station.

By Airway: Nearest Airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Calcutta, which facilitates national and international flights.

Other places which you can’t miss

  • Digha Beach
  • Jhargram Palace
  • Medinipur Town
  • Tajpur Beach, West Bengal
  • Tamluk Rajbari Palace in Haldia
  • Chilkigarh Kanak-Durga Temple
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