National Temple

June 26, 2019

The 860ish year-old Dhakeshwari Temple whose goddess lends her name to the capital city of Bangladesh on the delta of some 700 estuaries. The temple architecture is, of course, not that old — it’s been torn down, rebuilt, repaired many hundred times but it’s famous for two things.

One, it’s one of the Shakti Peeths, it’s where Sati’s crown jewel fell after Shiva roamed the earth in his grief with Sati’s corpse (almost all are India but there are five spots in Bangladesh, some in Sri Lanka, a couple in Nepal and one in Pakistan).

And two: it’s the country’s National Temple! It’s state owned and run. There’s a national mosque, too, but Dhaka traffic was discouraging, and besides, I wouldn’t have been allowed in so here’s a Creative Commons image.


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