Significance:This is a
shrine dedicated to Shakti or the mother Goddess in the predominantly
Vaishnavite pilgrimage center of Gaya. Mangalagowri is worshipped as the
Goddess of benevolence. This temple constitutes an Upa-Shakti Pitha -
where it is believed that a part of the body of Shakti fell - according to mythology. It
is a well visited temple where Shakti is worshipped in the form of a breast symbol, a
symbol of nourishment.
The other well known temples in Gaya
are the Vishnupaada Temple, the Dakshinaarka
Temple and the Prapitaamaheshwara Temple.
Mangalagowri in Gaya has been mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana and
in other scriptures and tantric works. The present temple dates back to 1459 AD.
is a small brick temple facing east, built on top of the Mangalagowri hill. A flight of
steps and a motorable road lead to the temple. The sanctum houses the symbol of the
Goddess and it also has some finely carved ancient relief sculptures. A small hall or
mandap stands in front of the temple. The courtyard also houses a fire pit for the homa.
Other shrines in the temple:
There are two minor shrines dedicated to Shiva and images of Mahishasura Mardini Durga and
Other Shakti shrines in Gaya:
The Falgu-chandi, Smaasaanaakshi, Mundaprishta, Sankata and Kaamaakshya temples deserve
Other points of interest in
the temple : This temple is associated with tantric worship Animal sacrifices
have been offered here.