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Temple town/ village
Kankalitala Temple
Kankalitala Temple
Kankalitala is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°42′53″N 87°43′22″E / 23.714688°N 87.722815°E / 23.714688; 87.722815Coordinates: 23°42′53″N 87°43′22″E / 23.714688°N 87.722815°E / 23.714688; 87.722815
Country India
StateWest Bengal
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-WB
Lok Sabha constituencyBolpur
Vidhan Sabha constituencyNanoor

Kankalitala is a temple town in Bolpur Sriniketan CD block in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Cities and towns in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre, U: University.
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly


It is located about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from Bolpur on the BolpurLabhpur road.[1] It is situated on the bank of the Kopai River.[2]

Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the area. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.

Earlier, Kankalitala was marked as a gram panchayat under Bolpur-Sriniketan block.[3]However, in 2011 census, it is not identified as a separate place, As per Google map and map of Bolpur-Sriniketan on page 718 of District Census Handbook Birbhum (Part A), it appears to be a part of Bengutia village.


As per orders of the Delimitation Commission, Kankalitala, Kasba, Sarpalehana Albandha, Sian Muluk and Singhee gram panchayats of Bolpur–Sriniketan CD Block will form part of Nanoor (Vidhan Sabha constituency) and Bolpur (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]


It is one of the Shakti Peethas where the waist (or kankal in Bengali) of sati fell.[1] There are several temples in the town. This is also a popular Hindu pilgrimage site of West Bengal. There is another temple in Kankalitala, Kanchishwar Temple in Kankalitala Temple complex.

The Kankalitala Temple as a Shakti Peeth[edit]

Shiva carrying the corpse of Sati Devi

The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati's self immolation is the story of origin behind Shakti Peethas. Shakti Peethas are holy abode of Devi formed due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Shiva carried it and wandered through. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple has shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava. The Shakti of the temple is addressed as "Devgarbha" and the Bhairava as "Ruru". It is believed that Sati Devi's bones have fallen here.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Kankalitala". District Administration. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Kankalitala". india9.com. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Directory of District, Sub division, Panchayat Samiti/ Block and Gram Panchayats in West Bengal, March 2008". West Bengal. National Informatics Centre, India. 19 March 2008. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Press Note, Delimitation Commission" (PDF). Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal. Delimitation Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Kottiyoor Devaswam Temple Administration Portal". kottiyoordevaswom.com/. Kottiyoor Devaswam. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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