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Bari Patan Devi (Sarvananda kari) Shakti Peeth

Magadha Shakthi Peeth is the place where Devi Sati’s Right Thigh fell. Here Devi is worshipped as Sarvanandakari (also known as Bari Patan Devi) and Lord Shiva as Vyomkesha. It is also believed that Devi Sati’s “pat” (cloth) fell at Patna and the Devi is called as Choti Patan Devi.
Magadha Shakthi Peeth also known as Bari Patan Devi temple is located at Maharajganj, about 10 kms east from Patna Junction Railway Station, Bihar. Patna, being one of the ancient cities of India has derived its name from Patan Devi temples, the presiding deity. The Choti Patan Devi temple is located in Patna City Chowk, about two miles from Patna City Railway Station. The temple can be reached easily from Patna bus stand. Gulzarbagh Railway station which is about half a mile from Magadha Shakthi Peeth is the nearest rail station. Several local transports such as rickshaws, taxis are available to reach the temple.

Temple History
The Bari Patan Devi and Choti Patan Devi temples are ancient temples. They are rebuilt from time to time. The temple architecture is in Brahmanical style with liberal use of marble and mosaic stones.
The Bari Patan Devi temple faces the north. At the entrance of the temple is a portico leading to the sanctum where the images of goddess Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati are in a standing position on a pedestal. The deities are carved out of black stone. All the three deities are dressed in a sari with a mukut(Kirit) crown adorning the head.
Choti Patan Devi temple faces the south-east direction. This temple also has the same goddess as in Bari Patan Devi temple. There is also a big statue of the Sun god, broken into two parts located at the northern compound side of the Choti Patan Devi temple. There are images of other gods and goddess in the western compound of the temple complex. There is also an image of Devi Parvati made out of black stone in a standing position, in the temple complex. The image of Devi Parvati is believed to be 100 years old. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva built in 1950 to the right side of Devi Parvati statue.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m.

Festivals in Patan Devi temple
  1. Makar Sankranti, Sharad Purnima, Deepawali, Somvati Amavasya, Ram Navami are some of the other important festivals being celebrated here.
  2. Vijayadashmi mela or fair is quite popular here and is celebrated with great devotion and harmony.
  3. People (Almost every day) offer their offering to the god in form of fruit, milk, homemade sweets etc.
  4. Navratri that falls two times in a year- one in the month of March or April and other in the September or October month depending on the Hindu calendar, is among the major festival here. Navratri are celebrated for over 9 days, with some people not eating any type of food that is derived from the soil for these nine days. Special ceremonies and rituals are carried during these days.
  5. Another festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm is the ‘Shiv Ratri’ and during this day, people keep fast, pour milk on the Shiv Lingam and offers ‘Bail’ (A type of fruit) to the god idol.
Where to stay
If you are looking for either cheap or expensive type of accommodation, then both are available here. Here we have listed names of some hotels that will help you to short your search for finding accommodations spaces. Windsor Hotel, Maurya Hotel, Patliputra Ashok Hotel, Samrat International Hotel, Element Guestline, Hotel City Centre, Chanakya Hotel, Chanakya inn, Orchid Hotel, President Hotel are some of the cheap, yet good accommodations places. Here the rent of each room may vary from Rs 600 to Rs 6500. Also there are several non payable guest houses or dharmsalas that are run by the various nonprofit organizations. Beware of the touts who promises to give hi-fi deals with cheap rates.

Shopping around Patan Devi temple
  1. Religious Paraphernalia can be bought from the shops that are located just outside the temple.
  2. Traditional Clothes can be bought from here, at local market.
  3. Local delicacies like litti chokha, milk pedas and chaats, is really something that needs to be tasted.
  4. Rice and Daal is quite famous here and common appetite in the menu of hotels.
  5. Bargaining for the items is really necessary here as shopkeepers tend to ask higher price for the good that you want to purchase. A little knowledge about the prices of the basic things in this country will help travelers a lot.
Other places that can be visited nearby
Following are some of the places that you might want to visit:
  1. Gandhi Maidan, Phulwari Sharif, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Folk Art Museum, College of Arts & Crafts, Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Patna Museum, Pathar Ki Masjid, Gol Ghar, Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library some of the star attraction nearby this temple.
  2. You can also go for Patan Devi Temple, Agam Kuan, Jalan Museum, Srikrishna Science Centre, Mahavir Mandir, Patna Planetarium, Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan, Maner Sharif, Padri Ki Haveli, Mangal Talab and they are located near to the Shakti Peeth.
How to reach the Patan Devi temple
  1. Direct trains are available to Patna Railway station and various trains ply directly from Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai to here.
  2. Several deluxe bus services are available to Patna and they are worth trying, if you are not getting reservation in the train.
  3. Nearest airport is in the Loknayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna, and national flights are available till here. For international flights, Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport in Gaya is the nearest location. But it is advisable to have taxi or your own mode of transportation when you are coming to Patna from airport.
  4. Rickshaw, Auto Rickshaw and Bus are common mode of transportation inside the city.
  5. Take necessary steps to protect yourself from sunburn etc, because in the summer season, temperature shoots up to 40+ degrees in this part of the country.

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