Shree Tripura Sundari
Goddess Tripura Sundari
The temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari known as Tartai Mata here, which has beautiful idol of black stone having 18 hands each carrying a symbol, while the Goddess is seen riding a tiger. The exact date of construction of this temple is not known, it is said to have been built before Samrat Kanishka, who ruled here. It is one of the ‘Shakti Peeths’ of the Hindus.
Although historical evidence of the period of the construction of the temple is not available, by an inscription found in this region dating back to Vikram Samvat 1540. it is estimated that this temple precedes the period of the ruler Kanishk. They used to be a large town near by named Godpoli, in the region of which were three fourth namely: Sitapuri , Shivpuri and Vishnupuri. There is mention of the word ‘Triumari’ in the inscription found. The temple of the goddess being situated amidst these three forth gives it the name of Tripura. In the period of princely states the king Banswara, Dungarpur,Gujarat and Malwa region and Marwar were great devotees of the goddess Tripura Sundari.
The shrine of the goddess on its lion steed ‘Bhagvati Tripura Sundari’ is a statue with Eighteen arms. The huge eight armed shrine of 5 ft. , wields a variety of weapons. The winter images of the nine Durga are inscribed in the background of the main shrine. At the holy feet of the goddess is built a ‘ Shri Yantra’ known for its mystical powers. The goddess in her three different forms such as that of a lion, peacock and seated on a lotus, gives appearance as ‘Kumarika’ , a lass, in the morning; that of an attractive and full bloomed young maid in the mid day, and a complete adult woman in the evening; which is why she is called ‘Tripura Sundari’. Sitting before the mystifying shrine of great beauty and lusture, the visitors get absorbed in endlessly for hours.
The intellectuals see the goddess who is the bestower of her bliss in two forms – corporal and spiritual. There are followers and worshippers of both the forms of the goddess.
From Udaipur Airport the temple is 162 KM. It is 103 KM from Ratlam Jn and 18.5 KM from Banswara Bus Stand.
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