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Itkhori Temple – Ma Bhadrakali Mandir at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand

Itkhori Temple, or Ma Bhadrakali Mandir, is located on the confluence of Mahane and Baksha River at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand. It is widely believed that Sri Ram, Lakshman and Mata Sita resided in the area during their exile period in the Ramayana. The shrine is located around 38 km northeast of Chatra.

It is also believed that Pandavas performed puja here during their exile period.

The murti of Goddess Bhadrakali is installed on a raised platform. Only priests are allowed to perform puja. Devotees are not allowed to touch the murti.

To the right of the Bhadrakali murti there are murtis of Vishnu and Shiva in the form of Gaurishankar. To the left there are again two murtis of Vishnu. Below the main murti one can see Ridhi and Siddhi.

Chaturbhuj Devi, Surya and Gaurishankar are also worshipped near the sanctum.

Murtis of Ganesha, Shiva-Parvati, Bhairav, Buddha, Saraswati Devi and Vishnu are installed on the walls of the shrine.

Nandi, Panchamukhi Hanuman and a huge Shivling having 1008 figurines can be found in the temple complex. Remains of old temple and broken murtis can be seen in the temple complex.

There is a garden in from of the temple, which is spread over 10 acres. Hundreds of belpatra and peepal trees can be found in the garden.

Navratri, Kali Puja and Shivratri are the most important festivals observed here.