The Temple Circuit
Mekhliganj Sub-division : 1 Temple Mathabhanga Sub-division : 1 Temple Cooch Behar Saddar Sub Division : 19 Temples Tufanganj Sub Division : 6 Temples Dinhata Sub-division : 3 Temples
MADAN MOHAN TEMPLE
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HISTORY
After ascending the throne in 1887, Maharaja Nripendra Narayan built the present palace at Cooch Behar. For enhancing the beauty of the locality surrounding the palace (influenced by Maharani Sunity Devi partially converted to Brahma religion) changing the temple's position was thought of. On 8th July, 1889 Maharaja Nripendra Narayan laid the foundation stone of the temple amidst a joyful ceremony. RajmataNishimoyee Devi inaugurated the Madan Mohan temple on 21st March, 1890. The deities were brought to the temple with splendor followed by a grand procession and memorable celebrations. Simultaneously the AnandamoyeeDharmashala was inaugurated by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan to the east of the temple premise.

Built similar to charchala (four roofs) and dalan-mandir (temple with verandah) temples of Bengal, the Madan Mohan temple is a four-cornered construction with a dome built above the cornice of the four rooms side-by-side and facing south. Deity of Madan Mohan is in the central room over which the dome rests like a white lotus. Ma Anandamoyee, Ma Bhabani and other deities are also worshiped here.

Madan Mohan Thakurbari is a rare congregation of Hindu pilgrims and Baishnav cult.
DIETIES IN THE MADAN MOHAN TEMPLE COMPLEX
Familial deity of the royal Koch dynasty, 'Madan Mohan' is the Thakur (God) of the mass in Cooch Behar. Shaiva (worshiper of LordShiva) Maharaja Nara Narayan (1554-1588 AD) influenced by Shankardeb (Baishnav spiritual preacher of Assam), fabricated the sculpt of Lord Madan Mohan on the auspicious Purnima of the UttarayanMaghsankranti. The presence of Madan Mohan without Radha is due to the influence of Shankardeb.

Madan Mohan is the main attraction of Madan Mohan temple. It the central room of the temple on silver clad chowdola (four-stand cradle) there are two idols - Bara Madan Mohan and Chhoto Madan Mohan. Generally devotees could see Bara Madan Mohan. ChhotoMadan Mohan stays behind the scene and could be seen for three days (lying on Shayanekadashi in Harishayan and rising on Uthyanekadashi). It is believed that Maharaja Nara Narayan had established this idol. The second Bara Madan Mohan was established by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in the present temple amidst pomp and splendor.
Madan Mohan Thakur in Madan Mohan temple
The idol of Lord Madan Mohan is golden in colour (made of astadhatu or amalgamation of eight metals).
Anantadeb or Ananta Narayan
A ShalgramShila (stone type) named Anantadeb or Ananta Narayan is worshipped everyday before the Bara Madan Mohan. Beside this two other Shilas - Janardan Narayan and Lakshmi Narayan are also worshipped daily.

A piece of black stone of approximately 7 inches is placed on the cradle of the Lord. It is known as Ma Pat Debati or Pat Parbati and dusbhuja/ten-armed structure of Madan Mohan is drawn on the stone. This idol is specially worshipped in the Joytara temple and then after been put back to the cradle of Lord Madan Mohan. There is also a Banlinga Shiva.
Maharaja Harendra Narayan, devotee of Shakti (power), established the idol of Anandamoyee Kali in 1831. The idol was brought to the Madan Mohan temple on the auspicious day of the inaugural ceremony. Situated in the west-side room of the temple (to the right of Madan Mohan), the approximately 4 feet tall idol stands on Mahakal's sculpture lying on white marble. The statue of Ma Anandamoyee is made of touch stone.

The deity is worshipped daily with devotion and grandeur. Special offerings are carried out whole night along with animal-sacrifice on the new-moon and full-moon of every month.
Ma Anandamoyee
Lord Ganesh, Ma MangalChandi, Ma MahishMardini, Ma MahaKali
Situated in the eastern room of the main temple (left hand side of Lord Madan Mohan), idols of Ma Katyayani, Ma Joytara and Ma Annapurna can be seen seated on a throne beautifully carved out of silver. Five faced Lord Ganesh (mounted on lion) is in the front. Two idols of MangalChandi, idol ofMahishMardini, small idol of MahaKali can also be seen. An idol of MangalChandi is placed on a stone plate brought from Baneswar.

A small idol is always kept inside a box beside the throne and which is kept away from the sight of the devotees. He is known as Sri SriYantra. This idol is worshipped behind closed doors only.
A separate temple of Ma Bhabani is situated on the eastern boundary of the temple premise of Madan Mohan. The 2 feet tall stone idol of Ma Bhabani with Her ten arms stands in the position of striking Asura. The idol is brightly red cloloured. The clay idol of Goddess Durga at Debibari is sculptured in this similar style every year on Sharadiya Durgapuja. Mounted on tiger to the left and on lion to the right, Goddess is seen in the stance of attacking Asura with spear.

Previously the Bhabani temple was established at Bhabani Market of Cooch Behar town. Later when the Madan Mohan temple was built, a seperate temple was constructed and the idol of Ma Bhabani was re-established therein.
Ma Bhabani
ALL TEMPLES
TEMPLES UNDER DEBUTTOR TRUST BOARD
TEMPLES IN UTTAR PRADESH (OUTSIDE WEST BENGAL) – 3 TEMPLES
Cooch Behar Kalibari, Benaras
LorakKund, Varanasi
Cooch Behar Maharaja Kunj, Mathura (Vrindavan)
TEMPLES IN WEST BENGAL - 30 TEMPLES
IN COOCH BEHAR SADDAR SUB DIVISION :19 TEMPLES
  • Madan Mohan Temple
  • Anandamoyee Dharmasala
  • Rajmata Temple
  • Anathnath Shiva Temple
  • Sani Temple
  • Madan Mohan Thakurbari Mali & Badyakar Quarter
  • Kaviraj Khana
  • Kaviraj Bagan
  • Baradebi Temple
  • Hiranya Garva Shiva Temple
  • Dangorayee Temple
  • Brahma Samaj Temple
  • Samadhi Mandir, Keshab Ashram
  • Baneswar Shiva Temple
  • Haripur Shiva Temple
  • Siddheswari Temple
  • Siddhanath Shiva Temple
  • Bamakali Temple
  • Torsa Pirer Mazar
IN TUFANGANJ SUB DIVISION : 6 TEMPLES
  • Giridharilal Gopiballav Temple
  • Dameswar Shiva Temple
  • Chandi Thakurani Temple
  • Ghurneswari Temple
  • Balaram Temple
  • Sandeswar Shiva Temple
IN DINHATA SUB-DIVISION – 3 TEMPLES
  • Dinhata Madan Mohan Temple click
  • Dinhata Balaram Temple
  • Kamteswari Temple
IN MEKHLIGANJ SUB-DIVISION- 1 TEMPLE
  • Shyam Sundar Jagat Mohan Temple
IN MATHABHANGA SUB-DIVISION – 1 TEMPLE
  • Madan Mohan Satyanarayan Temple
TEMPLE TOUR
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