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vindhyavasini Temple in Mirzapur, Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, Mirzapur Tourist Places, Vindhyachal Temple

vindhyavasini Temple in Mirzapur, Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, Mirzapur Tourist Places, Vindhyachal Temple

Popular Devi Sites - Vindhyawasini Devi - Introduction

Introduction

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Introduction: 
 
The holy pilgrimage of Vindhyachal is situated in eastern Uttar Pradesh, in the Mirzapur district, at 8 km from the district headquarters. The presiding deity is Vindhyavasini Devi.
    
There are 3 temples representing the 3 forms of Aadi Shakti - Vindhyavasini (Kaushiki Devi), Mahakali and Ashtabhuja. The visit to these 3 temples is known as Trikon Yatra.
    
This region also showcases colourful tribal culture. Primitive tribes like Khairwa, Baiga, Kol, and Gond inhabit in this region.
    
Vindhyavasini Devi is called Kajri Devi by the locals. It is believed that the Kajri form of singing originated from here. Folk dance forms like Karma, Jhumar, and Kolthani are also popular here.
   
The entire region is known for its dhurries and bronze articles in India.
   
Vindhyachal Shaktipeeth is considered as one amongst the 108 Shaktipeeths mentioned in Devi Bhagwat Puran.
 

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Mythological Beliefs

Mythological Beliefs: 
   
According to Vindhyachal Mahatmya, this is the original site of Aadi Shakti and she is the one who, in the form of Yog Maya, keeps Lord Vishnu under control and in other forms, destroys the evil and does welfare for her devotees.
    
 According to another reference from Devi Bhagwat, pleased with Manu’s meditation, Bhagwati appeared from Ksheersagar, blessed him, and made Vindhyachal her permanent abode.
    
According to a story from Durga Saptashati, when the Gods were distressed and terrorised by 2 demons called Shumbh and Nishumbh, a divine Shakti (power) emerged from Goddess Parvati’s body that killed the demons.
   
Since the Shakti rose from the body cells (Koshika) of Parvati, she came to be known as Kaushiki Devi.
    
According to ancient and holy scriptures like Mahabharat and Harivansh Puran, this Devi appeared as the daughter of Bhagwati Yashoda in Dwapar-yug. The same night, out of fear of Kans, Vasudev handed over Lord Krishna to Yashoda and brought back this Devi in a girl form, back to the prison as Devki’s child.
    
As soon as Kans tried to kill her thinking her to be the eighth child of Devki, she not only flew in the sky but took the form of Ashtabhuja (8-armed) and predicted that the slayer of Kans has already taken birth. This Ashtabhuja Devi came to Vindhyachal and settled here forever.
 

Historical Facts

History: 
   
This region has been a prime inhabitation of humans since the Stone Age. Evidences of civilisations from the mid Stone to the Copper Age have been found here.
   
During the Maurya period, the region was a key centre for financial activities. A pillar inscription from Ashok’s period, found in Narghat states the different rates of toll tax prevalent then.
   
In the first century B.C., the region was under the control of the valiant Vikramaditya. The Bhartrahari Temple is believed to have been built by him.
   
The 12th century composition, Alha Khand (author Jagnik) also has a reference to this region.
   
The first historical description of the place is by the famous traveller, Tieffenthaler.
 

Main Places To See

Main Places To See: 
   
Vindhyavasini Devi Temple:
 
This is a temple situated in a huge complex in the middle of the Vindhyachal Bazar. The temple houses a black stone idol of Bhagwati mounted on a lion. Besides, there are shrines of Ashtabhuja Devi, Dharmdhwaja Devi, Mahakali, and many Shivlings installed in the temple. The Saptashati Mandap has the entire Durga Saptashati inscribed.
    
Kali Khoh:
 
This site of Mahakali is 2 km from the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple in a small cave.
    
Ashtabhuja Devi Temple:
 
Ashtabhuja Devi is believed to be the daughter of Yashoda. It is situated on a hill at 3 km from Vindhyavasini Temple.
   
Tara Devi Temple:
 
This is situated in a crematorium. The presiding deity, Tara, is considered as the Goddess of peace and security.
   
Rameshwar Mahadev Temple:
 
It is situated on the Ram-Gaya Ghat. It is believed that the Shivling over here was installed by Lord Ram himself.
   
 
Closeby Places To See:
Mirzapur:
 
It is the district headquarters where the famous Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is situated. Tourists make sure to also visit the monsoon water falls like Tanda and Vindham. Mirja is also one of the names of Aadi Shakti.
   
Chunar:
 
This place is about 30 km from here and famous for its historically renowned fort. It is believed that when Lord Vaman asked King Bali for land measuring 3 footsteps, the first step was placed in Chunar, which is why it is also called as Chunadri. The story of Chandrakanta, a prose composition, is also based in Chunar.
 

Main Festivals

Main Festivals: 
   
Ashwin Navratri (September-October):
 
This is the biggest celebration over here and attracts lakhs of people to Vindhyachal.
   
Chaitra Navratri (April):
 
A huge fair is held on this occasion.
   
Kajri:
 
Cultural events are organised in the month of June with a competition of Kajri (a form of Indian classical singing) held on this occasion.
   
Vaman Dwadashi, Bhadra Dwadashi (August September):
 
A huge fair is held in Mirzapur on this occasion.
   
Kartik Poornima (November):
 
A fair is held in Mirzapur at a place called Lohandi Mahavir.
 

Where To Stay

Where To Stay : 
   
Dharamshalas:
 
 Singhania Dharmshala  Vindhyachal
 Saraswat Khatriyon ki Dharmshala  Vindhyachal
 Jaipuria Atithi Bhavan  Vindhyachal, Tel: +91 - 05442 - 242 083
 Birla Atithi Bhavan  Vindhyachal, Tel: +91 - 05442 - 242 070
   
Hotels:
 
 Category  General
 Name  Hotel The Galaxy
 Address  Lal Diggi Road, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh - 231 001
 Telephone  +91 - 5442 - 222 747
   
 
 Category  General
 Name  Hotel O.K. Deluxe
 Address  Lal Diggi Road, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh - 231 001
   
 
 Category  Medium
 Name  Hotel Padmini
 Address  Main Road, Mirzapur - 231 001, Uttar Pradesh
 Telephone  +91 - 5442 - 252 251
   
 
 Category  Medium
 Name  U.P.S.T.D.C. Yatri Niwas
 Address  Vindhyachal, Uttar Pradesh - 231 001
 Telephone  +91 - 5442 - 263 494, 222 494
   
 
 Category  Medium
 Name  U.P.S.T.D.C. Hotel
 Address  Jahnavi Shastri Bridge, Mirzapur
   
 
 Category  High
 Name  Taj Ganges
 Address  Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - 221 002
 Telephone  +91 - 542 - 2503001
 Web Site  www.tajhotels.com
   
 
 Category  High
 Name  Radisson Hotel
 Address  The Mall Cantonment, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - 221 002
 Telephone  +91 - 542 - 2501515
 Fax  +91 - 5442 - 2501516
 Email  reservations@radissonvns.com
 Web Site  www.radisson.com/varanasiin
 

Location/Climate

Location/Climate: 
 
Location
 
 Geographical  Location  Height  Above  Sea Level  Average Annual Rainfall
 Latitude  Longitude  80 feet  96 mm
 25˚ N  82.5˚ E
   
 
Temperature

Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.

 
 Month  Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct   Nov    Dec
 Maximum   24  26  32  38  40  37  33  33  34  33  29  24
 Minimum  8  10  15  20  25  27  26  26  25  20  12  9
    
 
Important Information
Vindhyachal is situated in the eastern part of the Vindhya Mountain range, on the banks of the holy Ganga River.
Tourists visit all year round however the best time for touring is between mid-September and March.
 

General Information

General Information: 
 
 STD Code
 +91-120
 Puja Timings
 4.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m., 7.15-10.30 p.m.
 Police Assistance
 Vindhyachal Police Station
 Hospital &  Ambulance
 Metro Hospital
 A-4, Sarvoday Enclave, Mirzapur, Dist. Gautam  Buddha  Nagar, Uttar Pradesh - 201 301
 Tel: +91 - 120 - 2533491, 436 666
 Currency  Exchange

 State Bank of India,
 Main Branch, Mirzapur - 231 001
 ATM Centre  State Bank of India,
 Main Branch, Mirzapur - 231 001
 Post Office
 Mirzapur Chowk, Mirzapur Sadar Taluka,
 Dist. Mirzapur,
 Tel: +91-120 - 222 719
 Tourist Office
 U.P. Government Tourist Office, Jahnavi Campus,
 Near Shastri Bridge, Mirzapur
 Tel: +91-120 - 221 494, 223 489
   
 
Food
Visitors to Vindhyachal can enjoy milk products like rabdi, rasgulla, and peda. Those visiting in the month of May can taste the renowned Langda mango.
 

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Airports in the vicinity: 
Lucknow
Kanpur
Allahabad
Varanasi
Satna
Patna
Gaya
Railway: 
 Main Railway Stations  Station Code
 Lucknow  LJN
 Faizabad  FD
 Ayodhya  AY
 Allahabad  ALD
 Varanasi  BSB
 Mirzapur  MZP
 Chitrakootdham  CKTD
Road Distance from Destinations: 
 Allahabad  Lucknow  216 km
 Kanpur  202 km
 Varanasi  147 km
 Mirzapur  112 km
 Faizabad  170 km
 Varanasi

 

 Lucknow  309 km
 Allahabad  147 km
 Mirzapur  34 km
 Patna  235 km
 Faizabad  204 km
 Ayodhya  Lucknow  152 km
 Allahabad  176 km
 Faizabad  8 km
 Gorakhpur  135 km
 Mirzapur  216 km
 Chitrakoot  Allahabad  98 km
 Mirzapur  205 km
 Kanpur  190 km
 Satna  80 km
 Vindhyachal  Varanasi  59 km
 Satna  65 km
 Allahabad  90 km
 Mirzapur  9 km