Like every year Singhi Park will give you a glimpse of our incredible India through its Durgotsav this year. The Singhi Park Sarbojonin Durga Puja Committee after bringing the grandiose of Somnath temple last year will wow the Kolkatans with the Shila Devi’s temple from Rajasthan this year.
Towards the end of sixteenth century, Maharaja Man Singh brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from Jessore, now in Bangladesh. Maharaja Man Singh was defeated at the hands of King Kedar of Pratapaditya kingdom. Humiliated and depressed, the Maharaja worshipped goddess Kali to please her and receive her blessings so as to change his defeat into victory. As folklore goes Maa Kali appeared in a dream to bless him. The goddess also obtained a promise from the Maharaja that he would establish her shrine in his capital. The idol of the goddess was recovered from sea in the form of a Shila (Slab) and it was brought to Amber Fort when cleaned and washed, the present idol appeared. This is why the goddess is named as Shila Devi.
The temple belongs to the Shakti cult where Ma Durga is worshipped in her kali avatar. Made out of lime mortar, stone and marble, immaculate workmanship has gone into creating the grand temple. Elegantly carved pillars, walls, panels depict an exquisite floral pattern and life-like impression of carved wood bewitches the beholders.
From folklore it is believed, this idol was carved from the same stone as the Dashabhuja idol (Durga) of the Susanga Royal Family of Durgapur (now in Bangladesh). The Dashabhuja idol was stolen from Susanga and lost.
The pandal made out of pith, colourful foam and silver sand is spread over 3000 sq ft and has a height of 45 feet. The Goddess will be 23 feet in height and made of clay which includes the saree and ornaments in keeping with the style and décor of the pandal. The idol is being created by Pradip Rudra Pal.
Hence head to Singhi Park Sarbojonin Durga Puja to get a glimpse of the beautiful Shila Devi temple!!