Mangla Gauri Temple, Gaya
Location: Amongst 18 Shakti Peethas dedicated to ‘Adi Shakti’, the quaint and captivating spell of ancient Hindu pilgrimage ‘Mangla Gauri Temple’ has its traces in Gaya, Bihar.
Presiding deity: Goddess Manglgauri
Historical era: 15th century.
- Padma Purana
- Vayu Purana
- Agni Purana along with other pious scriptures consisting of Tantric works (witchcraft/sorcery).
Description of the temple:
- Significance of the shrine: While erecting at the core of Gaya, it signifies the sacredness of vaishnavite holy place. This divine shrine has been hit by numerous devout spectators just with the sole motto of soothing their eyes by witnessing the splendid view of Goddess Shakti. Unlike furious semblance, she is resting here to disperse benevolence in the entire universe. The glory of this pilgrimage is scripted in Indian mythology that calls it with the name ‘Upa-shakti Peetha’. As the scripture concludes this shrine is worshipped since it symbolizes nourishment.
- Hilly location: This renowned temple is studded at the crown of Manglagauri Hills and the facing of it from it signifies the greetings sent to the deity by the mighty sun while rising and setting.
- Sanctorum sanctum: The innermost part of this shrine represents a sacred lap of Maa Durga where her breast has been worshipped as her replicate. The artistic carving inside displays the incredible masterwork.
- A small hall or mandap: A small mandap is constructed in front of the main shrine.
- Other shrines: There are two more shrines that are dedicated to mighty Shiva where is housing the idols of Mahishasuramardini, Durga & Dakshina Kali.