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Review of Alopi Devi Mandir

Alopi Devi Mandir
Chennai (Madras), India
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

Alopi Devi Mandir is a temple situated in Alopibagh in Allahabad in state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is near to the holy Sangam, or confluence, where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the legendary Sarasvati meet.

Kumbh Mela is near to this place.
This temple is peculiar in a way that there is no statue of any Deity in this temple rather there is a wooden carriage or 'doli' which is worshipped. The origin of the name, Alopi (disappeared) Bagh lies in the Hindu belief that when after the death of his wife Sati, the grieving Lord Shiva travelled through skies with her dead body. Lord Vishnu, to relieve him from this agony, threw his Chakra at the corpse, resulting in the fall of various parts of the body at various places in India, which were sanctified by the touch of the Goddess' body parts and hence were thereby deemed holy places for pilgrimage. The last part fell at this location thereby named as "Alopi" (where disappearance was concluded)and the holiest of all.

The other more convincing version dates back to the time when the entire region was covered by dense forests infested with dreaded dacoits. Once upon a time in that forest happened to pass a marriage procession. Marriage processions, in those days used to be the most vulnerable targets of robbers as they used to return loaded with gold and other riches. While deep into the jungle this marriage party found itself surrounded by robbers, robbers after killing all the men and looting the wealth turned to the 'doli' or carriage of the bride. To their dismay when they unveiled the carriage they found there was no one inside. The bride had magically disappeared. The word went around, history became legend and legend became myth. A temple came up at the site where this incident had happened and locals started worshiping the bride as "Alopi Devi" or the 'virgin goddess who had disappeared'. However, this story provides no convincing explanation as to why the place would be deemed so holy.
Alopi Devi continues to be worshiped by thousands of people living in the region who share every festival, marriage, birth and death with their guarding deity.

Visited November 2012
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Patna
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“Revered Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Temple is very revered by the residents of Allahabad. It is dedicated to 'DEVI'. The temple is simple and single storied.

Visited March 2013
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Bangalore
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“Very interesting small center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

The first thing one notices about Alepidevi or Alopi Devi temple is that it is small and one may almost miss it. The other thing one notices is that there is no Vigraha or sculpture of the devi. The story of this Sthala or holy place is that the arms of Sati are said to have fallen at this location. So, you see a raised platform where people offer worship. Very busy and well maintained temple.

Visited February 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Invisible goddess on the rocking jhula”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Devotees pray to the jhula, on which the invisible goddess is meant to be sitting on- her presence is acknowledged by the rocking of the jhula

Visited this temple in the midst of large crowds during the Maha Kumbh this month at Allahbad

Visited February 2013
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Allahabad, India
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“Dharmic Sthal for Hindu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012

Alopi Devi Temple situated in the way to Daraganj from Railway Station from where you can get shared tempo and reserved one also. This is a holy place but in the Allahabad you may found the only place where Pandit(Puja karane wale) dont ask for money.
There is a story bhiend this temple " Once upon a time a girl is running from some miscerants and when she reached here she vanished(Gayab/Alop) and no one can found her again so this is called Alopi Devi. In main temple you find a Lakdi ka Jhula which is worshiped.
This is the very important place for Hindus and during Navratri traffic diverted for Daraganj.
In this temple you may found the all nine avatar of Devi Durga and statue of Hanuman ji and Shivling.

Visited May 2012
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