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Astadasha Sakti-Sarvamangala devi-Breast part-Gaya (Bihar)

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Astadasha Sakti-Sarvamangala devi-Breast part-Gaya (Bihar)

Mangalagauri is worshiped as the Goddess of Benevolence.

This temple constitutes an Upa-Shakti Pitha – where it is believed that a part of the body of Shakti fell – according to mythology.

Here Shakti is worshiped in the form of a breast symbol, a symbol of nourishment.The temple is facing east, and is built on top of the Mangalagauri hill.

A flight of steps and a motorable road lead to the temple.

The sanctum houses the symbol of the Goddess and it also has some finely carved ancient relief sculptures.
A small hall or mandap stands in front of the temple.

“The city derived its name from the demon, Gayasur who is said to have resided in this area.

It is said that Lord Vishnu killed the demon by crushing him under his feet. On his being crushed, the demon got transformed into numerous rocky hills that form the topography of the city today.

Then the deities decided to sit over the dead demon and that is the reason why one can find numerous temples over these surrounding rocky hills.

It is said that any one who touched him or looked at him were fred of all sins.

Mangla Gauri, Rama Shila, Brahmayoni and Shringa Sthan are the places where one can find temples on the hill tops and which comprise of the pilgrimage circuit of the city.

The Mangla Gauri shrine in Gaya, one of the most holy sites has two rounded stones which symbolizes the breasts of the Goddess Sati, who is regarded as the first wife of Lord Shiva.

Vishnu pad Temple is marked by a footprint of Vishnu.

This footprint is the significance of the act of Lord Vishnu crushing Gayasur under his foot.

The temple that stands today was rebuilt by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar in the 18th century.

As per the Buddhist tradition and culture, this footstep mark is regarded that of Lord Buddha who is said to be the avatar of Vishnu.

Gaya, Devi?s Breast Shakti Peeta. | Ramani's blog
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