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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
State West Bengal
District Birbhum
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-WB
Lok Sabha constituency Bolpur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Nanoor
Website birbhum.gov.in

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


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]


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


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]


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.

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][8][9]

External links[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. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  7. ^ (Translator), F. Max Muller (June 1, 2004). The Upanishads, Vol I. Kessinger Publishing, LLC. ISBN 1419186418. 
  8. ^ (Translator), F. Max Muller (July 26, 2004). The Upanishads Part II: The Sacred Books of the East Part Fifteen. Kessinger Publishing, LLC. ISBN 1417930160. 
  9. ^ "Kottiyoor Devaswam Temple Administration Portal". http://kottiyoordevaswom.com/. Kottiyoor Devaswam. Retrieved 20 July 2013.  External link in |work= (help)