Devi Chaudhurani Temple
Goshala More, Jalpaiguri, WestBengal devi choudhurani 2 Legend has it that the bandit queen Devi chaudhurani and her Guru and mentor Bhabani Pathak used to offer puja at this Kali temple before taking the Trisrota river on their bajra( a big sail boat). Devi Chaudhurani was abandoned by her husband when Bhabani pathak, Kali Sadhak and Sardar of a gang of dacoits, gave her shelter. She then actively joined the group.
It is surprising why a gang of bandits should be looked upon with such reverence. The idols of Devi Chaudhurani and Bhabani Pathak are worshipped till date.The answer probably lies in the belief that they were associated with the famous Sanyasi movement in Bengal. Their target were those people, both of the East India company and local zamindars, who tured the poor natives for tax and other benefits. For the British these sanyasis of the 'sanyasi revolution' were simply looters who looted their 'rightful wealth'. Devi Chaudhurani was also made famous by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel - 'Devi Chaudhurani'. There are people who would like to believe that Devi and Pathak were just characters of this novel. But for the people of this region they were real people of flesh and blood. They believe that the temple existed ages before the novel was penned. According to the local people there are also a few other Temples in this region where Devi Chaudhurani used to Visit like the Bandurga in Baikunthapur forest.
Kali Puja Festival at Devi Choudhurani Temple Some legend has that Devi Choudhurani the bandit queen of the famous ‘Sanyasi Movement’ period in the 19th century had established the Kali Temple near Gosala More. The Kali Puja is now organized by a committee formed for the Kali puja at Devi Choudhurani Kali mondir of Jalpaiguri. The puja is a mojor attraction for all in the region and hundreds flok to worship the goddess at this temple. As themuth goes, Devi Choudhurani used to distribute goods looted from the rich among the poor irrespective of caste or community. In keeping with the spirit, people cutting across all community attend the Kali Puja here to pay their respect and seek blessings.
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