Friday, 25 December 2015

Jayanthi Nartiang Durga Temple Meghalaya | 51 Shakti Peethas

Jayanthi (goddess of vicotry) or Nartiang Durga Temple located at Nartiang Village, Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya is one of the ancient 51 Shakti Peethas. According to the temple legend it is older than 500 years. Nartiang is also called as garden of Monoliths as you can find stone pillars scattered. Once this was summer capital of king Jaintia and under his regime (16th century) this temple was built. 

Legend: According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where Sati Devi’s “Chin” left thigh. Here goddess is also worshipped with the name Jainteshwari with her consort lord Shiva as Kramadishwar.

Another story states that one of the kings of Jaintia family named Jaso Manik married daughter of Hindu Koch king Nara Narayana and this lead the king to accept Hinduism. And in this context goddess appeared in the dreams of king Jaso Manik and ordered him to erect a temple on the hills.

As the temple is built on the top of the hill, temple architecture is planned in such a way that one can see river Myundu from below. We have a ritual sacrificial pier named Boli Garbha at the basement of the temple and its connected by a tunnel to river. This temple uses blend of Khasi and Hindu religious traditions.

Significance:

  • One can find ancient guns used by kings.
  • Sill 19th century human sacrifice was more prevalent. According to texts, human head was beheaded and rolled into the river through tunnel. (Now sacrifices are done by wearing human mask to goats).
  • Priesthood is passed over generations from single family.
  • During the festival of Durga, entire temple is decorated with marigold flowers and deity is presented with new clothes.
  • Taking forward Khasi tradition, Utsav murthy is made with banana trunk and worshiped, then immersed (Visarjan) in Myundi river



Transport:

Road: It is 65 kilometres from Shillong towards the east.
Rail: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station and is around 200 kms.
Air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport which is  located in Guwahati is the nearest International Airport

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