OF MATABARI TEMPLE
|District Magistrate & Collector, South
OF THE TEMPLE
Udaipur, South Tripura.
|There is a Standing Advisory Committee
comprising of the local prominent people and important district level officials.
Dhanya Manikya Bahadur of Tripura constructed this temple in the
year 1501 A.D.(1423 Saka). Sorashi Kali Mata (Third Mahavidya) is
made of reddish black stone (Kastik Pathar). One replica of Shri
Shri Mata is also there in the Temple commonly called "CHHOTO MAA"
which used to be carried by the Maharaja of Tripura in the battle
field and during hunting (Mrigaya).
It is one of the public
places of worship in the State of Tripura. All expenses of the Temple
are borne by the Government of Tripura. District Magistrate &
Collector, South Tripura District is the SEVAIT OF THE TEMPLE. On
behalf of Sevait, the Sub-Divisional Officer, Udaipur manages the
affairs of the temple through the Manager of Matarbari Temple. The
average monthly expenditure on account of DAILY & NISHI PUJA
amounts to Rs.56,000/-. Monthly Pranami collection is only about
Rs.16,000/- on an average. One he goat is sacrificed everyday (except
on Dashami Tithi) and for NISHI PUJA (New Moon Night) five he-goats,
one buffalo, one egg and ginger are sacrificed, the cost of these
being met by the State Government.
This is one of the FIFTY ONE MAHA
PITHASTHANS of India. Here the right foot of SATI MATA fell as a result of dissection of
Sati's dead body by the SUDARSHAN CHAKRA of Lord Vishnu.
Puja is the main annual festival when lakhs of pilgrims assemble here
from all over the State and outside as well.
OF DAILY PUJA AND OTHER ALLIED INFORMATION
dawn (4 a.m.) the temple locks are opened and MANGAL ARATI is offered to the Divine Mother
and thereafter, dry sweet (perah) is offered through Puja.
At 8 A.M. the Divine Mother is decorated with new cloth and various ornaments after her
bath. These precious ornaments remain in custody of the Tehsilder of Matarbari Temple.
From 10.30 A.M. to 12 Noon, daily Puja is offered and after 12.30 P.M. various sacrifices
(he-goat, buffalo, pigeon etc.) are made.
After "ANNA BHOG" (rice and different curries), the Divine Mother retires for
half an hour (2 PM to 2.30 PM).
At 2.30 PM, the BHOG (un-eaten portion of deity's lunch) is taken out and distributed as
"PRASAD" among the pilgrims who assemble. Temple doors are again opened at 3.30
PM for the pilgrims and visitors.
Around 7 PM "SANDHYARATI" is offered to the Divine Mother along with beat of
drum and music for about an hour.
At 9.30 PM, the Divine Mother is offered "BAIKALIK" (supper) and She retires for
the night at 10 PM after having "SAYANARATI". The priest-in-charge gives back
all the ornaments from the deity to the Manager for safe custody.
The Pilgrims can offer their puja any time between "MANGAL ARATI" and
"SAYANARATI" (10 PM) except during 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm. The pilgrims generally
offer puja with locally made 'Perah' a sweet made of pure milk. They may also offer food
(rice, curries etc.) prepared by the temple management to the deity. They can get
"PRASAD" against coupon @ Rs.15/- being issued by the Manager on payment.
Maharaja Dhannya Manikya had brought 2 priests from Kannauj for
seva-puja of the deity- Sri Laxminarayan Pandey and Sri Gadadhar
Pandey. Sri Laxminarayan Pandey belonged to Sandilya Gotra while
Sri Gadadhar Pandey belonged to Batsaba Gotra. The two families
brought in 1501 A.D. have now grown to 18 families (15 in Sandilya
Bansa and 3 in Batsaba Bansa). These 18 families share among themselves
the priest-ship of the temple. The 3 families of Batsaba Gotra get
182 days puja (91 days shared between 2 families and 91 days taken
by the remaining one family), while the remaining 183 days puja
in a year is performed by the 15 families of Sandilya Gotra. Of
them, only one family gets 45 days puja, 8 families perform 46 days
puja, 3 families perform 45 days puja and the remaining 3 families
perform puja for the remaining 47 days in a year. These priests
are not salaried employees of the government. They subsist only
on the "DAKSHINA" (Puja offerings) given by the pilgrims. Offerings
of ornaments/valuables may be entered in a Register specially maintained
in the temple by the Manager and accountable as Government property.
close to the temple, there is a big tank commonly called "KALYAN
SAGAR" which was excavated by Maharaja Kalyan Manikya. Various types
of big fish and tortoise live in this tank and, much to their delight,
the pilgrims can easily feed these creatures.
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