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Bhabanipur Temple – A Shakti Peeth in Bangladesh – Goddess Ma Tara Temple

Shakti Peeths are sacred places associated with Goddess Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peeth and majority of them are located in India. A couple of them are located in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Bhabanipur Temple, also known as Goddess Ma Tara Temple, at Sherpur Upazila of Bogra in Bangladesh is a Shakti Peetha. The shrine is also known as Maa Bhabani or Aparna Peetha.

After the death of Goddess Sati, her body disintegrated and fell in 51 places. Each of these places became a center of Shakti Worship.

Bhabanipur Temple in Bangladesh is located where the right eye of Goddess Sati fell. As per sources it is her left anklet that fell here.

The Bhairava worshipped in the temple is Vaman.

The main temple is south facing and has subsidiary shrines dedicated to Shiva, Naat, Bashudeb and couple of other murtis. The holy pond is known as Shakhari pond. 

Devotees visiting the temple take holy dip in the Karatoya River. There is a belief that taking holy dip in the temple pond helps in curing skin related ailments.

From ancient time the place was a center of Shakti worship. The Shakti worshipped here is a ferocious form of Goddess Durga and the murti here is that of Goddess Mahakali.