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Nandikeshwari Temple



Nandikeshwari Temple is located in  Sainthia , Birbhum , West Bengal . This Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga  in the form of Nandini . This Holy Shrine is one among 51 Shakthi Peethas.

When Sati, the wife of Shiva, sacrificed herself at the Yajna performed by her father Daksha, a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. He was dancing the dance of destruction. And the gods said, "Oh, we are doomed! Shiva is dancing the dance of destruction

Vishnu took his bow and cut the body of Sati into fifty-one pieces with his arrows. And wherever a piece of the Divine Mothers body fell on earth, that place became a Shakti Peetha.

Maa Sati?s necklace fell here and the idols are Devi Maa as Nandini and Lord Shiva as Nandikishore Bhairav.

The main temple of the town is that of Maa Nandikeshwaris temple. She is believed to be present in a big mounted rock, deeped with vermillion, in the shape of the back of a tortoise (kurma). She is adorned with a silver crown and three golden eyes.

Festivals are held especially in The Baishakhi Purnima or the Buddha Purnima (full moon day), with yagna. Special rituals are also held on Kali Puja and on Amabasyas (new moon). And daily, Maa is offered with ?anna-bhog?(rice ) on the noon. The temple remains opened from 6 am to 10 pm daily.



Nandikeshwari Temple is located in earlier Nandipur village, which is now a part of Sainthia town, Birbhum district, West Bengal . Sainthia is known as business capital of Birbhum district and it is famous for its temple of Nandikeshwari Mata.

 Nandikeshwari temple is one of the 51 Shakti peethas, is only 1.5 K.m from Railway Station. The town is sanctified by the river Kopai and Maa Nandikeshwari, the Holy Goddess.

In this temple there lies the Bhairava as Nandikeshwar. Inside the temple premise there are many other temples of  Dashavataar, Lord Vishnu, Hanumanji, Ram-Sita, NavaDurga, Lord Shiva and some more.

There is a huge sacred tree where the devotees bind colourful threads to fulfill their wishes. On the body of these temples, there are beautiful paintings of many Gods and Goddesses figures. There is a huge sacred tree where the devotees bind red and yellow threads to fulfill their wishes.

In this temple compound, there lies the temple of Bhairava as Nandikeshwar. On the body of these temples, there are beautiful paintings of many Gods and Goddesses figures.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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