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About the Saharsa district

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Brief About Saharsa District
Important Places
TARA STHAN  at  MAHISHI :It is situated at a distance of about 16 Kms west of Saharsa in village Mahishi where an ancient temple of Bhagwati Tara is built. The idol of Bhagwati Tara is said to be very old and draws devotees from far and wide. On either side of the main deity, there are two smaller female deities which are worshipped by the people as Ekjata nad Nil Saraswati.

Chandika Sthan at BIRATPUR : Biratpur village under Sonebarsa block of this district is famous for an ancient temple of goddess Chandi. This village is also associated with King Birat of the Mahabharat  age. During exile the Pandavas had lived here for 12 years.

 The tantric Scholars and devotees attach much significance to this Chandi temple, which is said to form an equilateral triangle (TRIK) WITH Katyayani temple near Dhamhara ghat and Tara temple at Mahishi. During the Navratra people from distant places visit the village to offer prayers to the goddess of power.

Madan Bharti Asthan :The place is situated in Mahishi Block. It is said that a religious discourse (Shastrath) was held between Shankaracharya and  the local scholar Mandan Mishra. Bharti, wife of Madan Mishra, who was also a great scholar, was named as Judge for the discourse. It is also said that Shankaracharya, after his initial victory over Madan Mishra  was challenged by Bharati, was outwitted by her and he (accepted defeat).

SUN Temple at Kandaha :  Like Deb (in Aurangabad district), the SUN  Temple at Kandaha village is an important religious and historical place which has been duly recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The idol of sun god riding seven horsed chariot, has been carved on a single granite slab. At the door of the sanctum sanctorum, there are inscriptions which a deciphered by historians, confirm that this sun temple was built during the period of king Narsimha Deo of Karnata dynasty who ruled over Mithila in the 12th century. It is said that a brutal Mughal emperor named Kalapahad had damaged the temple which was however renovated by the famous saint poet  Laxminath Gosai

Laxminath Gosai Sthal at Bangoan : The famous saint an poet of hich is hardly 9 Km away from the district head quarter. The huge bunyan tree under which the remains of Gosaiji have been preserved is the centre of great reverence for the people of the district.

Dewan Ban Mandir :One Shiv Ling is established in the temple situated in Sahpur-Manjhoul of Nauhatta block. It is said that the Ling was established by Maharaja Shalivahan some time in 100BC. The Hindus celebrate a festival called jitiya after the name of Jimutbahan who was the son of Maharaja Shalivahan. Description of this place is found in Shri Puran. The ancient shrine at Dewan Ban was washed away by the turbulent Koshi river. The local people have however build another temple in the adjacent area.

 Nauhatta :It is an old village, important since the time of Mughals and is presently the head quarters of the block of the same name. The village has a ‘Shiva temple’ about 80 feet in height. The temple which was damaged in the earthquake of 1934 was reconstructed by Raja Srinand Singh of Srinagar Estate.

There is a grave of Madho Singh on an earthen mound about 50 feet high. Madho Singh had become a martyr in the battle of Ladri Ghat. Offerings are made on he rave both by Hindus and Muslims.

 Udahi : The village is situated in Kahra block. It contains an ancient image of goddess Durga discovered during excavation. According to a legend one Sone Lala Jha dreamt that he had received divine instruction to excavate a particular place. The image was found at that very spot and latter established in the temple. Devotees throng here from far and wide. A fair is held on the day of Maha Ashtami Puja every year.

Karu Khirhari temple :Situated on the bank of Kosi River, there is a temple of Saint Karu Khirhari  who is said to have attained divinity by virtue of  his Shiv-Bhakti a dedication to Cows. People from all walks of life come to offer milk to Karu Baba. Although this temple near Mahpura village-2Km away from Mahishi block office, is situated in the riverside of the eastern Koshi Embankment. It has survived on the slaught of the turbulent river. Recently the Bihar Government has announced to develop Karu temple as a major tourist spot.

Matsyaganda Mandir (Rakta Kali and 64 Yogini temple) :The barren water logged area  in Saharsa town has now been developed as a beautiful place commonly known as Matsyagandha project.

The construction of Rakta Kali temple and an oval shaped temple with 64 deities (known as 64 Yogini) engraved  on the inner walls of temple, attracts devotees from far-off places. The Bihar Government has  established  a  beautiful  tourist complex at this place.

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