Bihar Mangalagauri Temple Gaya
The Mangalagowri temple, which dates back to 1459, is in Gaya, Bihar. This small brick temple is dedicated to Shakti who is worshipped as the goddess of benevolence in the form of a breast symbol. There is no idol in the temple. Lord Shiva is represented in the form of Shivaling in this temple. Located on top of the Mangalagowri hill, the temple offers beautiful views around.
The 15th century Mangala Gauri Temple is one of the 18 Shakthipeethas of Goddess Sathi. The temple stands in a spot where the breast of Goddess Sathi is thought to have fallen. Perched on a small hillock, this small temple can be accessed by a flight of 200 steps. At the foot of the hill, stands the Bhima temple and this place is popular as Bhimvedi Gaya as it is believed that Bhima performed the obsequies here. The famous Vishnupada Temple in Gaya is at a walking distance.
In many ancient scriptures like Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana, The Mangalagauri temple has been mentioned. A prominent Vaishnavite temple, Mangala gauri temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Shakti) who is worshipped as Mangalagauri in the form of a feminine breast form, which denotes nourishment or benevolence. Though it one of the holiest shrines, this small temple can only accommodate a few devotees at a time.
The temple complex that faces towards East has many small temples that are dedicated to Lord shiva, Hanuman and Janardana swamy and Maa kaali.
The inner sanctum where the idol of the Goddess is placed has some ornate carvings and sculptures. Mangla Gauri temple is visited by devotees from even distant places and it is believed that those who pray here will get all their wishes fulfilled.
The temple that dates back to 15th century is dedicated to Shakti and is one of the most important Vaishnavite pilgrimage centres of Gaya. Mangalagauri, who is believed to be the first wife of Lord Shiva is worshiped here in the form of two rounded stones that symbolize the breasts, which denote benevolence. It is believed that the devotees who come and pray in this temple will have all their wishes and prayers answered. The temple has an Upa-Shakti Pitha, which is thought to denote the point where a part of the body of Shakti fell. The temple has a history of tantric worship and animal sacrifices have been offered here.
How to Reach
Gaya is well connected through air and the nearest airport being Bodhgaya. There are international flights to various Buddhist pilgrimage destinations like Thailand, Mayanmar and Japan. Patna airport, which is 125 km, is another convenient option for air travelers.
Gaya Railway Station is around 4 km from Mangla Gauri Temple and there are many long distance trains directly from Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai apart from local trains connecting Gaya.
Gaya Bus Station is about 4 km from Mangla Gauri Temple and there are regular bus services that connect this holy city with the rest of Bihar and outside.
The temple has many smaller temples dedicated to Lord shiva, Hanuman and Janardana swamy and Maa kaali.
Significance of The Temple
Many devotees visit this temple to perform obsequies of their departed ones. The temple holds a special place in this regard as it is believed that Lakshmana along with Sita visited Gaya to perform the last rites of his father, Dasharath.
- There are many good hotel accommodation options in and around the temple. From star hotels to lodges and resorts, there is something for every budget. It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment especially during festival season.