Fhulara Devi Shaktipeeth, Dakshindihi, West Bengal
Fhulara Devi temple in West Bengal is also known as Attahas Shaktipeeth. Located on the banks of the Ishani River, it is believed the lower lip of Sati Mata fell at this place. The temple is situated in picturesque surroundings and is a haven of peace and serenity.
The Daksha Yagya
The story of Prajapati’s grand Yagya is well known. Unable to tolerate the insult of Lord Shiva, Mata Sati ended Her life by entering the sacrificial fire. This enraged Lord Shiva, who picked up Sati Mata’s half-burned body and started His Tandava Nritya in the skies. The consequences of this would have been devastating for the entire creation. All the Devtas, Rishis and Munis appealed to Lord Vishnu to do something. Lord Vishnu knew the only way to calm Lord Shiva was by separating Him from Sati Mata’s body. He sent His Sudarshan Chakra which cut Sati Mata’s body into 51 parts. These parts fell all over the Indian subcontinent. Each of the places where they fell came to a Shaktipeeth.
Two Sanskrit words combine to make the word ‘Attahas’. Translated, this means loud laughter. This temple is an important center for Tantrik Shaktism and many Tantriks can be seen performing rituals and puja here. There was an ancient temple here which is confirmed by archaeological evidence. It is not known when this ancient temple was built. The original Murti of the temple was kept in a museum and re-enshrined in 1915. The stone Murti is in the form of a lip and is about 18 feet high. Also enshrined in the temple are two Murtis – one of Bhavani Mata and one of Parvati Mata. Adjacent to the temple is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.
A 10-day fair is held at the Attahas Shaktipeeth Temple every year during Magh Purnima.
The Legend of the Blue Lotuses
A story connected with this temple is that there used to be a Divine pond near the temple. Once, when Shri Rama wanted to pray to Durga Mata, Hanumanji collected 108 blue lotuses from this pond. The pond does not exist now.
- 05:30 AM to 01:00 PM
- 03:30 PM to 08:30 PM
How to reach Attahas Shaktipeeth
- Attahas Shaktipeeth is about 2.5 km from Roundi Srirampur village.
- The nearest railway station is Labhpur, about 30 km from the temple.
- Durgapur Airport is about 114 km from the temple.
- Kolkata Airport is about 168 km from the temple.