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Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple (Pabna, Bangladesh)

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Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple is a famous Hindu temple in Bangladesh, dedicated to the goddess Kali. The temple is located in Ishwaripur, a village in Shyamnagar upazilla of Satkhira. The name “Jeshoreshwari” means “Goddess of Jeshore”.

Jeshoreshwari is regarded as one of the 51 Peeth of Sati; according to the belief, it is where the various parts of Sati’s body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva’s Rudra Tandava. Jeshoreshwari represents the site where the palm of Sati fell. Legend says that the General of Maharaja Pratapaditya discovered a luminant ray of light coming from the bushes, and came upon a piece of stone carved in the form of a human palm. Later, Pratapaditya started worshiping Kali, building the Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple. As to be the “Goddess of Jessore”, it was named after Jessore.

His mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati’s self immolation is the story behind the origin of Shakti Peethas. Shakti Peethas divine places or holy abode of the Mother Goddess (Parashakti). These shrines are believed to be sanctified with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered throughout Aryavartha in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth located all around South Asia. Each temple has shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava, The Shakti of this shrine is addressed as Jeshoreshwari and Bhairava as Chanda.

It is believed to have created by a Brahman named Anari. He created a 100-door temple for the Jeshoreshwari Peeth. But the timeline is not to be known. Later it has been renovated by Laxman Sen and Pratapaditya in their reigning periods.

The temple is visited by pilgrims from all over, irrespective of sectarian differences. Worship is done by the priest every Saturday and Tuesday at noon time. But before 1971, there was daily routine of worship. Every year on the day of Kali puja, the present Caretakers of the temple conduct a ceremony. There is also a Mela taking place around the temple compound.

A large rectangular covered platform called Natmondir has been erected adjacent to the main temple, from where the face of goddess can be seen. This was renovated by Laxman Sen in the late 13th century, but the builders are not known. After 1971, it crumbled. Now only the pillars can be seen.
Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple is a very popular Hindu temple in Bangladesh, dedicated to the goddess Kali. The name “Jeshoreshwari” means “Goddess of Jessore”. According to belief, it is said that people consider Jesoreshwari as one of 51 Peeths of Sati. It is where the various parts of Sati’s body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva’s Rudra Tandava. It is said by many that General of Maharaja Pratapaditya discovered a meditative ray of light which came from the bushes, and came upon a piece of stone carved in the form of a human palm.

Later, Pratapaditya started worshiping Kali and built the Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple. “Goddess of Jessore”, was named after Jessore. It is believed to have created by Anari who was a Brahman. A 100-door temple was created by him for the Jeshoreshwari Peeth. But the time is unknown. It was later modified by Laxman Sen and Pratapaditya in their time.

The temple is located in Ishwaripur, a village in Shyamnagar upazilla of Satkhira. The temple is visited by pilgrims from all over, irrespective of sectarian differences. Worship is done by the priest every Saturday and Tuesday at noon time. But before 1971, there was daily routine of worship. Every year on the day of Kali puja, the present Caretakers of the temple conduct a ceremony. There is also a Mela taking place around the temple compound.

Timing

All Days of the Week: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Distance

  • From Delhi it is 1577 KM away.
  • From Mumbai it is 2331 KM away.
  • From Kolkata it is 365 KM away.
  • From Chennai it is 1938 KM away.

Location

Mohashashan Path,
Pabna,Bangladesh.