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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
Major Sections
Temples  & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MAHESHI

Her complexion is like that of the blue lotus, and she is three-eyed, one-faced, celestial and laughs horribly. She is in an intensely pleasant mood, stands on a corpse, is decked in ornaments of snakes, has red and round eyes, wears the garments of tiger-skin round her loins, is in youthful bloom, is endowed with the five auspicious symbols and has a protruding tongue. She is most terrible, appears fierce, with bare canine fangs, and carries the sword and the kartri in the two right hands and the Uptala and the Kapala in the two lefts. Her Jatamukuta of one coil is brown and fiery and bears the image of Aksobhya within it."

There are three images in the Ugratara temple at Maheshi. The central figures are those of Ekajata and Nila-Saraswati. The rituals according to Tantric from are performed. The non-Tantric pilgrims also do worship in the ordinary way. The Maharajadhiraja of Darbhanga endowed the deity with the gift of a village and some of the Maharajas of Darbhanga House were great devotees of this Ugratara deity at Maheshi. Within the temple precincts there are a large number of smaller images, which are also worshipped.

It is also a remarkable fact that within a couple of miles of Maheshi village there is a Sun temple at village Kandaha. Sun temple is also just a very few in Bihar. The existence of the Tantric deity Ugratara in the neighborhood of the Sun temple, once evidently was very popular, shows that different deities of the Hindu pantheon were worshipped almost in the same area, and speaks of the great eclecticism of Hinduism.

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