Chaturdas Devata Mandir

Chaturdas Devata Mandir: The oldest temple of fourteen deities

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-06-02

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The Chaturdasha Temple which is located in the northeastern state of Tripura in India is one of the oldest Hindu temples situated near Old Agartala, India. The location of the Chaturdashna Temple from the main city Agartala also the capital city is almost 8 kilometers away. The Chaturdashna Temple was built in the year of 1761by King Krishna Manikya Debbarma who was the ruler of Tripura at that time and the temple was dedicated to Chaturdashna Devata. The Chaturdashna Devata means fourteen deities and it is one of the holiest places of Tripura. These fourteen deities are majestically worshipped during Kharchi puja.

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The Kokborok names of the fourteen deities are Lampra, Akhatra, Bikhatra, Burasa, Thumnairok, Bonirok, Sangroma, Mwtaikotor, Twima, Songram, Noksumwtai, Mailuma, Khuluma, and Swkalmwtai. Each deity of the temple is very important in the Hindu religion and each God and Goddess represents its own significance and concerned and is worshipped with equal reverence during the festivals. Originally in Chaturdashna Temple the royal family of Tripura used to worship earlier, and the ritual of worshipping all of them together has been handed down from the days when kings used to rule this region. All the idols of God and Goddess are made of alloy except one which is made of silver and the idol is of Lord Shiva. The features of the temple are in Bengali style it looks like a Bengal dome patterned after the roofs of the village huts in Bengal. The dome is surmounted by a stupa-like structure that reveals traces of Buddhist influence. There is a large lake (Khaowra bil) dominating an area of 5 sq km, which is identified as Rajar Dighi, one can see a well-planned pole surrounding the tank. An old big banyan tree and this large lake attract thousands of people from nearby regions.


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