State : Tripura, in the north east of India.
Best time to Travel : Through out the year.
Significance : The Pilgrimage Centre.
Location : The Tripura Sundari temple is located at a distance of 55 km from Agartala and 3 km from Udaipur which is the district Head-Quarter of the South Tripura district.
Know the Tripurasundari Temple in Tripura
The Religious temple of Tripura Sundari in Tripura is regarded as one of the 51 pithasthanas of Hindu pilgrims in India. The Tripura Sundari Temple tour consists of square type sanctum of the typical Bengali-hut style construction with a conical dome and stands gloriously on a hillock at Udaipur in Tripura.
According to an inscription note on the monuments by the Archaeological Survey of India, there are two identical images of the same deity i.e. Tripura Sundari, inside the temple. One is called 'Chhotima' which seems to be a regional one rising about 2 feets in height, while the other 'Tripura Sundari' is of 5 feet. It is difficult to date the image of Chhotima accurately as it is worn-out. Moreover the attributes in her hands are either too much blurred or lost. The temple is also known as 'Kurma Pitha' because of the shape of the temple premises appears that of a 'kurma' i.e. a tortoise. Inside the temple the idol of Maa Kali is installed which is made of 'reddish black Kasti pathar'. Maa Kali is worshipped here in 'Soroshi' form. There is an idol of a smaller size of Maa Kali called 'Chotti Maa' which used to be carried by the Maharajas of Tripura during "Mrigaya'' (i.e. hunting) and also during war.
The Temple History
It is known that the temple was first constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 A. D. It was repaired by Maharaja Rama Manikya in 1681 A D, when it was damaged by lightning and again by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya during the beginning of this century. In the Eastern side of the temple there is the famous Kalyan Sagar where fishes and tortoises of huge size are found and devotees feed them with puffed rice (Muri) and biscuits. The lake with High Jet fountain set in front of the temple simply adds to its beauty. No fishing is permitted in Kalyan Sagar.
As per mythological saying, toe of the right foot of Mata Sati fell at this place. It is one of the most important tourist destination of Tripura, which attracts hundreds of pilgrims every day. During Deepawali, many temple tours are organized by the Tripura tourism. A big Deepawali mela is organised in the Mata Tripura Sundari Temple complex, where lakhs of pilgrims offer puja (prayer). According to Rajmala, the Tripura Sundari Temple was constructed for establishing the idol of Lord Vishnu. But one night Mahamaya came into the dreams of Maharaja Dhanyamanikya and asked him to shift her idol from Chittagong, now in Bangladesh, to this place, and accordingly Mata Tripura Sundari was established in this Religious temple. The temple administration is run in the name of Revenue Department of the State .
Journey to the Tripura Sundari Temple
Airport : The closest airport is at Agartala, from where you can easily reach the temple by road. Udaipur is well connected to Agartala, which is connected to the rest of India.
Railhead :The nearest rail head is Kumarghat on N. E. Railway. It is 1475 km from Kolkata via Guwahati and 140 km from Agartala. From here you can pick a bus or taxi to reach the temple.
Road Transport : The Temple is situated close to the capital city of Agartala in Tripura, which is well linked to this place by road. NH 44 connects the state with many north eastern states by road. Agartala, the capital of Tripura, is connected by regular bus services with all sub-divisional towns of Tripura. Besides, bus service is also available from Silchar, Guwahati, Karimganj and Shillong.
Staying near the Tripura Sundari Temple
The temple is very close to the state capital, Agartala. So, accommodation is not a problem for the tourists coming to visit the Tripura Sundari Temple in Tripura. Though not of very high class, you may find hotels, which may be convenient and comfortable for you.