The Bagheswari Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Bagheswari, one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pitha. Situated in southern part of Bongaigaon city in Assam, India. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu.
According to a legend, king Daksha organized a Havan and prayer ritual. He invited all the Gods, Goddesses, and sages. But he did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati because he was unhappy that his daughter Sati had married Lord Shiva. When Sati learned about the Yagna, she left for her father’s kingdom. Upon seeing her, Daksha got angry and yelled at her. Sati tried to calm him down. But Daksha did not stop yelling. The angry Sati jumped into the fire of Havan and killed herself. When Lord Shiva came to know about Sati’s death, he carried Sati’s body and roamed around the universe with it. A very angry and grief-stricken Lord Shiva rendered a terrible “Tandav Dance of Destruction”. To pacify Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu cut Sati’s body into 52 parts with his Sudarshana Chakra. These body parts fell on the Earth to become holy spots which are also known as Shakti Peeths. This is the sacred site where Sati’s Trishul fell down when her body was cut into pieces by Lord Vishnu.
Festivals and Celebrations
The festivals of Chaitra Navratri, Ashvin Navratri, Dussehra, and Diwali are celebrated with great pomp and devotion in Bagheswari temple.