Religious Tourism
Tripura: A place of satiety
Religious Tourism
Tripura: A place of satiety

Since remote antiquity Tripura has been home to all major religious faiths and this diversity is reflected in the state's society, sculpture and architecture over and above a long tradition of religious peace and amity. An integral part of Tripura's age old composite culture is perfect harmony in the sphere of religious faith, practices and devotion.

Benuban Vihar:

Buddha Temple, Benuban Vihar in Agartala : It is one of the most attractive Buddhist destinations of Tripura, located at Kunjaban area in northern part of Agartala town.The Buddhist shrine, namely “Benuban Vihar”-though small in size-preserves some beautiful metal idols of Lord Buddha. Buddha Jayanti or the day of Buddha’s advent is celebrated on Buddha Purnima day with great enthusiasm. A visit to this monastery can be a peaceful experience.

Benuban Bihar bears testimony to the fact that from remote past Tripura has been extending hospitality and patronage to the religion and culture of its neighbors. The quiet monastery is an abode of eternal peace and tranquility to all tourists and visitors.

Tripura Sundari Temple:

According to mythology, Lord Vishnu had cut off the body of Mata Sati into 51 pieces with his ‘Sudarshana Chakra’ and all these pieces fell at different places throughout the country and these places are known as ‘Shaktipeeths’. It is said that 'right foot' of Mata Sati fell at Matabari on the southwestern outskirts of Udaipur town, headquarter of present south Tripura district of the state. This centre of pilgrimage is also known as Kurma Pith because the shape of the temple premises resembles that of "Kurma" or tortoise. The idol of ‘Maa Kali’, presiding deity of the temple, stands in the sanctum sanctorum and it is made of reddish black stone, popularly known in Bengali as ‘Kashtipathar’.

This temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (Shrine of the goddess of power ) in India as per Hindu mythology. The Goddess ‘Kali’ is worshipped in her incarnation as ‘Shoroshi’ (sixteen year old girl) in the temple by professional priests. An idol of smaller size of Maa Kali called 'Chotto Maa’who stands beside the presiding deity used to be reportedly carried along by the kings during hunting expeditions and also during war for improrptu worship in tents. The temple consists of square type sanctum of the typical Bengali hut structure with a conical dome. The temple was constructed in 1501 A.D. by the then Maharaja Dhanya Manikya.In the eastern side of the temple there is the famous ‘Kalyan Sagar’ lake where fishes and tortoises of huge size are found and devotees feed them with "Muri" (puffed rice) and biscuits. No fishing is permitted in the Kalyan Sagar.Every year on ‘Diwali’, a famous ‘Mela’ or fair takes place near the temple which is visited by more than two lakh pilgrims.

Jagannath Temple:

Famous not only from the pilgrims point of view, this temple is also a remarkable architectual feat with its octagonal base and its impression pradhkshin patha round the sanctum. The pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones.

Chaturdash Debta Temple:

It is located about 6 Km. away from Agartala at a place called Old Agartala. At the end of twelve year rule by a usurper Shamsher Gazi (1748-1760) the then king Krishna Manikya realized the vulnerability of Udaipur to predatory raids by brigands from the plainlands in Eastern Bengal and shifted the capital to ‘Puran Haveli’ or old Agartala in the year 1760.

It continued to be the capital till it was shifted to present Agartala town in the year 1838. Near the sacred 14 goddess temple during the month of July every year ‘Kharchi festival’ is organised and thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit the festival site and the accompanying fair.

Gedu Mia's Mosque:

"Gedu Mia's Maszid" is the pride of place for the minority Muslims of Tripura. This imposing ‘Maszid’, located in Shibnagar area of Agartala bears testimony to the devotion and piety of a remarkable individual.

Gedu Mia, the founder of the ‘Maszid’, had commenced his eventful career as a humble ‘Mahut’ (elephant driver) and then became a motor garage worker and a driver. But Gedu Mia’s stars smiled on him late in life when he bagged a lucrative contract of Rs 7 lakhs from Tripura’s last princely ruler Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (1923-1947) for construction of an airport in Narsingarh area, northeast of Agartala town in the year 1942. He accomplished his task and made a huge profit, a part of which went into building this mosque at Shibnagar. Built of imported white marble stones, this exquisitely beautiful mosque is endowed with a large number of minarets, towers and art works on doors, fronted by a sprawling green space for religious congregations including weekly ‘Jumma Namaz’.

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