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Mangala Gauri Temple in Gaya in Bihar – Ma Mangla Gauri Temple

Mangala Gauri Temple is dedicated Goddess Mangla Gauri and is located on the Bhasmakoot Hill in Gaya in Bihar. It is one of the Shaktipeetha Temples . It is believed that ‘Sthana’ of Goddess Sati fell here. The shrine is also known as Palana Peetha.

An Akhanda Jyoti is continuously burning for thousands of years in the temple.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has ‘Vaksha Sthala’ of the Goddess carved out of black stone.

The temple complex also has murtis of  Gauri-Shankar and Yogini, Goddess Saraswati, Mata Chinnamastika, Ganesha and Shri Yantra of Goddess Lakshmi.

The akhanda jyoti is lit near the main murti in sanctum sanctorum.

There is also a yagyashala and bali sthana in the temple.

Murtis of Durga and Kali are found outside the main shrine.

The wish fulfilling tree in the temple is the Vajradanti tree and it is known as Kalpavriksha.

A unique aspect of the temple is that there is a separate shrine dedicated to Lord Janardhana. Pinda Dan is offered here.

The stone on which the murti of Ma Mangala is found extends outside the sanctum and is known as Siddha-Prishta or Peedha. When the temple is closed, devotees offer prayers to this extended stone.

All the important festivals are observed here with special importance given to the two Navratris.