January 29, 2016

Bishnupur Chhinnamasta Temple

Site Name: Chhinnamasta Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Bishnupur, West Bengal state, India
Highlights: One of India's most renowned universities
Nearest Railway Station: Bishnupur
Nearest Airport: Kolkata 
How to reach: Easily reachable from Kolkata, which is around 160 kms away
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Kolkata; Bishnupur too has many decent options for stay
Restaurants: Limited mid-range options in Bishnupur

Bishnupur is a town located in Bankura district in West Bengal state of India. It is located at a distance of around 150 kms from Kolkata, the capital city of Bengal. It is famous for the 17th and 18th century Terracotta temples and balucheri sarees. Let us explore an important temple named Chhinnamasta temple in this article.

Chhinnamasta temple is located near Dalmadal Canon in Bishnupur. It is around one hundred years old temple, which was renovated in the recent past. The temple is small with the main shrine and another sub-shrine. 

The sanctum sanctorum enshrines Chhinnamasta along with her two Yogini attendants, Dakini and Varnini. She holds her severed head in her right arm and a sword in her left arm. She is a Tantric Goddess and depicts ferocious form. Three jets of blood spurt out of her bleeding neck, which are drunk by her severed head and her two attendants. She is found standing on a human couple who are resting on a big lotus. All the three female deities are found without wearing any dress. 

The sub-shrine of the temple is dedicated to Shiva Linga.

Happy travelling.




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