SHAKTIPEETHS IN BANGLADESH

Shakti Peeth – The Background Story:

When Sati, the wife of Shiva and the first incarnation of Parvati, sacrificed herself at a yagna being performed by her father the King Daksha; a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. The world was terrorized from this Tandava Nritya and to stop the devastating penance, Vishnu used his Sudarshan chakra (the whirling knife on his finger tip) and completely cut up Sati’s body in several pieces. Wherever her body parts fell, a temple was erected to commemorate different manifestations of Shiva and Parvati and became a Hindu pilgrimage. They are called Pitha or Sakti Pithas. These temples are scattered from present day Pakistan to India to Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Sati is also called Devi or Shakti (Strength).

Jeshoreshwari ShaktiPeetha (Feet and Hands of Sati):

Jessoreswari, situated at Ishwaripur, Shyamnagar, district Satkhira, Bangladesh. Maharaja Pratapaditya discovered this shakti Peetha and worship Kali in this place. A brahman named Anari, maked a temple of 100 doors for Jeshoreswari Devi, Later it has been renovated by Laxman Sen and Maharaja Pratapaditya. Here, feet and Hands of Sati had fallen, she is in the form of Devi Yogeshwari Shakti and Chanda appears as Vairabh.

Sugandha ShaktiPeetha:

Shakti or Devi Sugandha also consider as Ekjata, situated in Shikarpur, which is 15 km north from district Barisal in Bangladesh. Here, in Uttar Shikarpur village, on the bank of Sunanda river. Devi’s nose fell here and idols are Devi as Sunanada (Pleasing) and Shiva as Traimbak (Rudra). A large number of worshippers visit this place at Shiva-Chaturdashi (a religious occasion on the 14th moon during March). This temple is famous for the festival in Shiv Ratri or Shiv Chaturdasi mela.

Bhawani ShaktiPeetha : This Peetha is famous as Sitakunda Chandranath, this Peetha is on the top of Chandra-Nath Hills, Sitakunda, Chittagong. Here, right arm of Sati had fallen, she is in the form of Devi Bhawani and Chandrashekar appears as Vairabh. Some currently-extinct hot springs water could be found in Sitakunda.

Sravani ShaktiPeetha : This Peetha is in Kumari Kunda, Chittagong District. Here, Spine of Sati had fallen, she is in the form of Devi Sravani and Nimish as Vairabh.
Jayanti ShaktiPeetha: Left thigh of Sati fell in Kalajore, Bourbhag village, Near Jaintia-pur, Sylhet District. Here Devi is in the form of Jayanti Shakti and Kramadeeshwar appears as Vairabh. Shri Shail, at Joinpur village, Dakshin Surma, near Gotatikar, 3 km north-east of Sylhet town.
Mahalakshmi ShaktiPeetha: On Sri-Shail of Jaunpur Village, 3 km north-east of Sylhet town, neck of Sati had fallen. Here she is in the form of Maha-Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and Shambaraanand appears as Vairabh.
Karota ShaktiPeetha: Devi’s left seat or her clothing fell here and idols are Devi as Aparna (the one who ate nothing) and Shiva as Bhairava (Destroyer of fear). The King of Nator and his grandson the Maharajah Ramakrishna used to meditate here. The temple is located in the banks of Karotoa and is also called as “Bhavanipur”.

Bhabanipur; Jeshoreswari; Shugandha; Jayanti; Mahalakshmi; Chattal Bhavani & Kumarikunda

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS:

Day 01: ARRIVAL DHAKA
In the evening arrival at Dhaka airport & transfer to your designated hotel for a night stay in Dhaka.

Day 02: DHAKA-SHERPUR-JESSORE (visit Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth at Sherpur)
Breakfast at hotel & drive (5 hrs.) to Bhabanipur village of Sherpur Thana & worshiped at Bhabanipur Shaktepeeth near Karatoyatat. Will proceed to Jessore (6 hrs.). Check in to your hotel for overnight at Jessore.

Day 03: JESSORE-SHATKHIRA-KHULNA (Visit Sagardari & Shyamnagar, Shatkhira)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Shatkhira via Sagardari to visit the residence of Michel Madhusudan Datta & proceed to Ishwaripur for Jeshoreswari Shaktipeeth at Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira and  transfer to your designated hotel for overnight stay at Khulna.

Day 04: KHULNA-BAGERHAT-BARISAL & CRUISE TO DHAKA
After breakfast at hotel start for Barisal via Bagerhat to visit Sixty Domed Mosque & the shrine of Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali (Ra:). Up on arrival at Barisal will visit the Shugandha Shaktipeeth, Ugratara Temple on Shugandha river. Return to Barisal by 17:30 hrs. to board on the steamer to enjoy an overnight cruise back to Dhaka.

Day 05: DHAKA-SYLHET
Early morning steamer will arrive Dhaka, will disembark the ship after having shower & take a half day Dhaka city tour covering Saadarghat river port, Ramakrishna Mission & Dhakeswari Temple at old Dhaka. Transfer to Komlapur Railway station to board on the train No. 717 Jiantika Express at 12 noon headed to Sylhet. Up on arrival at Sylhet late in the evening, transfer to your designated hotel for check in and a night stay in Sylhet.

DAY 06: SYLHET VISIT (Jantiapur & Local Sightseeing)
After breakfast visit Jayanti ShaktiPeetha at Kanaighat in Jaintiapur & Mahalakshmi ShaktiPeetha. Also visit the shrine of Hajrat Shah Paran (Ra.) & Hajrat Shah Jaalaj (Ra.). Rest of the day free at your own. In time transfer to Sylhet Rrailway station to board on the train No.724 Udayan Express at 2120 hrs. (overnight train) to Chittagong.

Day 07: SYLHET-CHITTAGONG
0650 hrs. train will arrive at Chittagong. After breakfast at local restaurant excursion to Chattal Bhavani Shaktipeeth at Shitakunda & Kumarikund Shaktipeeth. Return to Chittagong to catch the train No. 703, Godhuli Express at 1500 hrs. headed to Dhaka. Will arrive Dhaka by 2030 hours & check in to your designated hotel  for a night stay in Dhaka.

Day 08: DEPARTURE DHAKA
After breakfast at hotel free till transfer to airport & board on your onward flight for next destination.

SHAKTIPEETHS IN BANGLADESH
7 DATS / 6 NIGHTS:

Day 01: ARRIVAL DHAKA
In the evening arrival at Dhaka airport & transfer to Airport railway station. At 21:50 hrs. board on the train No. 739 Upaban Express (WED-off day)  headed  to Sylhet. Overnight on board.

DAY 02: SYLHET VISIT (Jantiapur & Local Sightseeing)
After breakfast visit Kanaighat in Jantiapur & Lakhigadi for two famous Shaktipeeths. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day free at your own. In the evening transfer to railway station & board on the train No. 724 Udayan Express (SUN-off day) at 21:20 hrs. (overnight train) to Chittagong.

Day 03: SYLHET-CHITTAGONG
By 06:50 hrs. train will arrive at Chittagong Railway station. After having shower at day use room will proceed to  Chattal Bhavani at Shitakunda & Kumarikund shaktipeeth. Return to Chittagong to catch the train No. 703, Godhuli Express (Daily) at 15:00 hrs. headed to Dhaka. Will arrive Dhaka by 2030 hours & check in to your designated hotel for a night stay in Dhaka.

Day 04: DHAKA-SHERPUR-JESSORE (visit Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth at Sherpur)
Breakfast at hotel & drive (4 ½ hrs.) to Bhabanipur village of Sherpur Thana & worshiped at Bhabanipur Shaktepeeth near Karatoyatat. Will proceed to Jessore (6 hrs.). Check in to your hotel for overnight at Jessore.

Day 05: JESSORE-SHATKHIRA-KHULNA (Visit Sagardari & Shyamnagar, Shatkhira)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Shatkhira via Sagardari to visit the residence of Michel Madhusudan Datta & proceed to Ishwaripur for Jeshoreswari Shaktipeeth at Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira and  transfer to your designated hotel for overnight stay at Khulna.

Day 06: KHULNA-BAGERHAT-BARISAL & CRUISE TO DHAKA
After breakfast at hotel start for Barisal via Bagerhat to visit Sixty Domed Mosque & the shrine of Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali (Ra:). Up on arrival at Barisal will visit the Shugandha Shaktipeeth, Ugratara Temple on Shugandha river. Return to Barisal by 17:30 hrs. to board on the steamer to enjoy an overnight cruise back to Dhaka.

Day 07: DHAKA DEPARTURE
Early morning steamer will arrive Dhaka, will disembark the ship after having shower & take a full day Dhaka city tour covering Sadarghat river front, Ramakrishna Mission, Ahasan Manjil (Closed on THS) , Dhakeswari Temple & Lalbagh Fort (closed on SUN) of old Dhaka. And Curzon Hall, Shahid Minar, National Museum (Closed on THS) & National Parliament Building (outside). Transfer to bus stand to board on the night bus to Kolkata.

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD:

GROUP SIZE: 02 PAX 04 PAX 06 PAX
7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS $ 705 $ 450 $ 375
8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS $ 720 $ 480 $ 390

PRICE INCLUDES:
–         Accommodation at ac twin rooms of star category hotel in Dhaka, Jessore & Khulna with breakfast.
–          Day use room for having shower & rest at Sylhet & Chittagong.
–          Ac transport for sightseeing tours & transfers as per itinerary.
–          Train ticket (ac chair) Dhaka-Sylhet & Chittagong-Dhaka. And Non-ac (sleeper class) Sylhet-Chittagong.
–          Ac twin cabin steamer tickets for Barisal-Dhaka. Local guide service & Applicable local taxes.

PRICE NOT INCLUDED:
–          Meals (Lunch & Dinner); Table drinks; Any air fare & Travel taxes; Tips & Entry fees of the monuments.