ABOUT : The Kalyaneshwari Temple is a popular temple of West Bengal and Jharkhand state. Maa Kalyaneshwari who is present there in the form of Goddess Kali or Shakti and believed to be a living deity. It is also believed that the Goddess Kalyaneshwari fulfills the wishes of childless women.
LOCATION : Kalyaneshwari temple (Bengali: কল্যাণেশ্বরী মন্দির) at Kalyaneshwari in Asansol subdivision of Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal is located on the banks of Barakar River, about 5 kilometres downstream from Maithon Dam of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). The Barakar River forms the West Bengal-Jharkhand border. It is about 7 kilometres from Barakar Town on the old Grand Trunk Road and about 1 kilometre off the NH 2 .
HISTORY : The Temple of Kalyaneshwari is a 500-year old temple noted for its Shakti worship. The initial structure of the temple was said to have been built by a Hindu king Harigupta in the third century AD. When the ancient temple started disintegrating, the King of Panchakot had rebuilt it five centuries ago.
BACKGROUND STORY : An interesting story is narrated in the region on the building of the temple. It is said that a bangle seller was passing by a jungle when he saw a beautiful girl sitting on a rock, who asked him for a pair of bangles. When the bangle seller asked money for the bangles, the girl directed him to the king of the area. And interestingly the king too had a dream in which the Goddess asked the King to pay for the bangles to the bangle seller. On coming to know that his dream was a reality the king requested the Goddess to once again appear before him. It is said that the Goddess raised her bangle laden arms from within the river. It is also said that the mother’s footprint imprints are still visible in the temple premises.The King then built a temple around the rock on which the Goddess had initially appeared and since then scores of people have been thronging the area to pay their respects and seek the blessings of the Goddess.
RUMOR & RITUAL : In the remote past rumor has that human sacrifices were offered in this temple. Though there is no evidence of such rumors but animal like Goat sacrifice is offered by the devotees, once their wishes are fulfilled or for the welfare of the family. The villagers strictly observing a ritual of offering sacrifice (Goat) before their child (son or Daughter) gets married or on the day of marriage without fail, seeking the blessings for the child or the married couple.
STORY BEHIND HUMAN SACRIFICE : In the olden days the priest and his family worshiped the deity very religiously and sincerely. During puja the priest used to feed the deity. One day the priest delayed to perform the puja and asked his daughter to sit for a while when he went out to arrange for the food. The deity accepted priest’s daughter as a sacrifice and killed her. The priest was in deep shock.ck. On this the goddess regretted and promised to fulfill the wishes of all her devotees particularly those who wish for a child. With the blessings of the deity the priest got another child. Since then Maa Kalyaneshwari fulfilling the wishes of her devotees.The temple of Goddess Kalyaneshwari is believed to fulfill the wishes of childless women.
MAITHON : The temple is located in the foothill of Maithon Hills. The name “Maithon” has been derived from Maithan or Mai-Ka-Than (in Hindi) or Maa-Er-Than (Bengali). The “sthan” has changed to “than” due to local pronunciation, which means place. The place of Mai or Ma or mother, refers to Maa Kalyaneswari of the famous Kalyaneswari temple in the foothill of Maithon Hill. Close by Maithon town is in the district of Dhanbad in the state of Jharkhand.
xTemple gate on the right and the road to Barakar & NH2