Fourteen Goddess Temple, Tripura

The Chaturdasha Temple or fourteen gods and goddesses temple is located just about 8 KM away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Tripura, Agartala. The name literally suggests the abode of fourteen or 14 deities. The specialty of the Chaturdasha Temple is that it was built by the Manikya Dynasty King, Maharaja Debbarma Manikya during his reign in the early day of the Manikya Kingdome.

The fourteen or 14 deities who are worshipped in the Chaturdasha Temple were sacred gods & goddesses of the royal lineage which were later incorporated in the Hindu prayer & rituals. The 14 deities are built in tribal design and are named in local Kokborok language. The principal deities are Brahma, Shiva, Durga, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati, Samudra, Prithvi, Ganga, Agni, Kamadeva and Himadri who are called Burasa, Bikhatra, Akhatra,Lampra,Thumnairok, Bonirok, Twima, Sangroma,Songram, Mwtaikotor, Noksumwtai,Mailuma, Khuluma and Swkalmwtai respectively in the local dialect. The Chaturdasha Devata Temple is a magnificent piece of art that admixes harmoniously the tribal beliefs with Hindu myths to grant the travelers a true sense of faith.

The Khirchi Puja is a grand mela held here in the month of July with religious fervor and devotion with lakhs of people participating in the celebrations. There are many temples in the state of Tripura but among many one that stands out for being the collective temple for gods and goddesses is the Chaturdasha Temple.

There is a lake beside the temple and overall it is a very beautiful place. The temple is not open after noon and visitor can only get darshan of the Gods after 8 AM to 12 noon.

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