Religion and Serenity is a very sensitive part of our Indian culture. There are immense number of mythological stories of different God and Goddess . At Kolkata we have lots of temples (Mandirs) and many have gained immense popularity across the country. Being from Kolkata we have often been to Dhakhineshwar temple, BelurMath, Kalighat , Lake Kali Bari – these are few of the renowned ones to name. Devi Durga’s various form are portrayed in these Temples. There are other Temples too of other God and Goddess in Kolkata. Since my idolism is more towards Goddess Kali who is one of the reincarnations of Durga, so my visits were more inclined to her Mandirs since childhood. I was not very religious and seldom visit Temples, until last two to three years that I have started visiting the Bipattarini Mandir.
‘Jay Ma ‘
Ma Bipadttarini is also called as Bipodtarini. Worshiped in Bengal mainly West and other part of Eastern part of India, She is a Goddess, who is connected with with Devi Sankattarani. Among 108 Avatars is one Ma Bipadtarini of Goddess Durga. To over come all difficulties Maa Bidapttarini is specially worshiped. On the yearly festival of Bidattarini, the Bipadtarini Puja,which is mostly practiced by the women. Falling anytime within Dwitiya, 2nd day of the bengali calendar month and 10th Day or Dashami of the waxing moon night. In the Ashada month on the day of Tuseday or Saturday as per the Calendar of Hindus is the Bipadtarini Vrata i.e listening to the mythology of Maa Bipadtarini. The meaning of her name is ‘Bipad’ meaning trouble and ‘Tarini’ meaning one who rescues from the trouble. We often knot a red dhaga (slick rope made of cotton) on our wrist as a sacred Bipadtarini Dhaga with a belief that it will protect us from all kind of evils and misfortunes till the time it is there in touch with our body, this is been practiced by almost all the Hindus in the country however the background of which is known by very few number of people. Having said that, Bipadtarini dhaga however is mostly being used by the eastern part of India whereas the other parts of the country might be having a completely different concept behind the same.
The hibiscus flower, holds a an important place in the legend of Bipadtarini
It is said in the ruling phase of King Malla between 7th century to 18AD, his Queen was having an attendant addressed as Dasi belonged to the lower caste. In her caste they had beef on special occasion. Coming to know this that Queen desired to see how the meat of beef looks. Initially the dasi was afraid of doing so but later she got beef to show to the queen.Unfortunately the king came to know about this , furious King went to the Queen’s room to murder her. Although, She was scared and nervous, she put the meat behind her dress and hid it and started calling Goddess Durga to rescue. Looking for the meat King Malla tore the dress of his queen.However he found no meat but a Red Hibiscus flower. Since then Maa Bipadtarini is offered with a red hibiscus flower in her puja. It is considered that Maa Bipadtarini came as savior and save her devotee in need.
Rajpur Bipattarini Chandi Bari Mandir
Baba Dulal saw a new avatar of Bipadtarini Maa in his dreams and then he started Bipadtarini Brata (worship) in a new manner. He always told the devotees to Worship Ma Bipadtraini as Ma and not as any Goddess. The saint Baba Dulal meditate under a Banyan tree for days,its believed that Goddess darshan (appeared) to Baba Dulal.
The Banyan tree is situated at Rajpur Bipadtraini Chandi Mandir, Hence after this incident Baba Dulal started reciting there along with his wife and followers. He preached that when one is in trouble just utter these words “Jay Ma Bipadtarine Temple ! Chandir Jay” 3 times and the Maa will protect from that trouble.
Every Year the annual festival takes place in the month of Ashar (June -July) according to the Bengali calendar.
Bipattarini Brata(worship) is dedicated to Goddess Bipattarini – a manifestation of Mother Goddess Kali. The Brata is observed on Tuesday and Saturday in the month of Ashar in Bengal after Rath Yatra and before Ulto Rath.
- The Devotees gets the blessings of Goddess Bipattarini and will be able to protect the family from all types of danger.
- On the previous day of Bipattarini Vrata(worship), the person only opts for vegetarian food.
- On the auspicious puja, the person undertaking the fast does not eat any food.
- Nine different types of fruits are offered to the Goddess.
- 14 types of knot are tied on the hand of the person who is fasting. For women it is tie on the left hand and for men its tied on the right hand.
The Temple has the idol of different Avatar of Goddess, the banyan tree is bounded around and visitor are restricted to enter the beyond the boundaries. At visiting the temple, one can visit Spiritual Master Dulal and his wife meditation room with all their belongings. The place is very peaceful and devotional significance.
The Arathi, is again an inspiration to the spiritual eternity. It starts around 4:30 in the evening, with the sound of dhak (instrument played )giving goose bumps, the Purohit (priest) starts with the bani (preaching) of Maa Bipadttarini followed by the Shandhay Arathi .This divine grace of Shandya Arathi enchanted the spiritual devotees.
The Rajpur Bipadtarini Mandir in West Bengal is considered the top most sacred temples in India.
Visiting the Bipadtarini Temple would be a totally unique experience. I feel each time I visit here, there is a new story that unwinds. Goddess here is a true symbol of Shakti, visit and experience the power in real sense.