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Uchaita Durga Devi Temple

Durga temple of Uchaita village is one of the most revered temples in Darbhanga district that is visited by several devotees daily.

It is said that the late Maharajadhiraja Sir Rameshwar Singh of Darbhanga had expressed his desire to reinstate the head of’ the image. Accordingly, an order was placed and the head was carved out. Before the installation of the head he had a dream in which the goddess told him, ”I am the creator and you want to create my head. Do you think it is proper for you to create my head?”The Maharajadhiraja was upset. The Mahantha of Uchaitha temple had also the same dream. At last it was decided that the head should not be installed.

The priests of the temple took the head from the Maharajadhiraja and kept it near the image to offer it the usual offerings. The stone head is still lying in the temple precincts. A few years ago, the tank was cleaned and a number of images were found. All of them were removed to the Patna Museum. The site is very old and an excavation may yield good results.

In front of the temple of the goddess Durga there is newly constructed a temple of Lord Shiva. There is also a small temple of Bhairava in the rear side of the Shiva temple. Just below these temples flows the river Kamla.

On the other side of the river, towards the south-east of the temple, is the site of what is believed to be the pathshala of Kalidasa. In local dialect and survey records it is mentioned as Kaildasko Chaupdi i.e., the college of Kalidasa. Chaupdi is derived from the Sanskrit word Chatushpathi i.e., where the four Vedas are read and taught. It is an elevated piece of ground measuring about one bigha in area.

So far as the architecture is concerned, the temple is reconstructed in the Indo-Aryan style. There is a square cella for the image. It is curvilinear and there is no trace of storeys and the massive circular coping stone i.e., amalaka, on which the kalasa has been put, surmounts it.

The priests of the temple are of the Vaishnava sect. The temple is their ancestral property. It is not under any trust. About 300 visitors come to offer prayer daily. Ladies of the locality bring pitha (made of flour) and milk to offer to the goddess on the occasion of Vijaya- dashami. People from all over the locality take little pieces of earth from here to erect pindi (small globes) in their houses, more particularly on the occasion of the sacred thread ceremony of their sons. Some earth of this place is preserved in Darbhanga at the Mithila Institute of Post graduate Studies and Research in Sanskrit.

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