Nartiang Durga Temple -A 500 Year Old Shakti Peetha in Meghalaya State

Nartiang Durga Temple is a 500 year old temple and a  Shakti Peetha, located in West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya, India. Huge monolith deity of Durga devi (Goddess Durga)  is the main deity at this temple. Ruins of a bygone era can be seen here in and around the temple premises.

A painting depicting how Shakti peethas like Nartiang Durga Temple originated
A painting depicting the story of how Shakti peethas like Nartiang Durga Temple were established.

Nartiang Durga Temple is one among the 52 Shakti peethas (or 108 Shakti peethas by another account).  Shakti peethas are situated in India and some of the other neighboring countries.  Shakti peethas are  significant shrines and pilgrimage destinations as per  Shaktism, the goddess-focused Hindu tradition.

It is believed that Lord Shiva carried the dead body of Goddess Sati or Durga Devi (first consort of Lord Shiva). God Shiva roamed around the universe with his consort’s body in grief. Using Sudarshana Chakra, Lord Vishnu cut her body into 52 parts. (Sudarshana Chakra  is a  flying wheel or discus like weapon, seen on the right rear hand of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu has four hands.) The places where the body of Sati devi or Durga Devi fell are known as Shakti peethas. These Shakti peetha sites are very sacred pilgrimage places for the Hindus.

Goddess Sati was the first consort of Lord Shiva. The second consort of Lord Shiva is Goddess  Parvati, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Sati.

The temple  complex is beautifully preserved and is a unique blend of Shakti Hinduism and Khasi-Jaintia (Assamese and Meghalaya traditions)  to revere Goddess Durga.

How Do I Go to Nartiang Durga Temple?

The nearest railway station is situated at Guwahati in the nearby state of Assam, at around 176 kilometers distance. the nearest major airport is also at Guwahati.

It takes around two hours of traveling to reach Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state, from Nartiang Durga Temple. Imphal, the capital city of the nearby state of Manipur, is situated at around 425 kilometers away from this ancient temple.

What are the Timings of Nartiang Durga Temple?

NartiangDurga temple is open from 7 am to 8 pm, on all days.

George T. George

I am George T. George, blogger and owner of the website, touristinindia.com. This blog is for tourists, pilgrims and travelers to India. I started this blog in 2013, as a destination guide for Indian destinations. It has the information on most of the tourist and pilgrimage destinations in India. Currently, there are 435 destinations on the website, as of the last week of 2017. And the list is growing. I started with website related tasks in 1996. Initially, I worked with website design and hosting for my clients. I moved on to web programming and later on to local citations and search engine optimization. This website is my small contribution to those looking for information on Indian tourist destinations. Please mail me at [email protected] . com (remove the spaces around dot), if are looking for any additional information.

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