Kankalitala

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Kankalitala
village
Kankalitala is located in West Bengal
Kankalitala
Kankalitala
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
DistrictBirbhum
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-WB
Lok Sabha constituencyBolpur
Vidhan Sabha constituencyNanoor
Websitebirbhum.gov.in

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

Geography[edit]

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] It is a gram panchayat under Bolpur-Sriniketan block.[3]

List of census villages mapped for Kankalitala village panchayat are as follows: Bengutia, Jaljalia, Karpatikuri, Sangri Mahula, Sangri Mahula, Sangri, Rautara, Gopalpur, Kuchli, Dhultikuri, Bagdaura, Bisheghata, Amdahara, Kshudra Amdahara, Patharghata, Kesaradihi, Sitapur, Padmabatipur, Khosh Kadambapur, Uttar Narayanpur, and Layek Bazar[4]

Demographics[edit]

In 2001, population of Kankalitala gram panchayat was 19,229[5]

Politics[edit]

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).[6]

Culture[edit]

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.

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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kankalitala". District Administration. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  2. ^ "Kankalitala". india9.com. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  3. ^ "Directory of District, Sub division, Panchayat Samiti/ Block and Gram Panchayats in West Bengal, March 2008". West Bengal. National Informatics Centre, India. 2008-03-19. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  4. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Govt. of india. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  5. ^ "CENSUS DATA District Name :Birbhum(08) Block Name :Bolpur-Sriniketan" (PDF). West Bengal Govt. Retrieved 2009-03-06.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Press Note, Delimitation Commission" (PDF). Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal. Delimitation Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  7. ^ "Kottiyoor Devaswam Temple Administration Portal". kottiyoordevaswom.com/. Kottiyoor Devaswam. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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