The government is planning to set up replica of 51 Shakti Peethas at Banduar, Udaipur, Gomati District of Tripura. The project, the total cost of which is estimated at Rs 55.56 crore, also includes integrated management and development of Rudrasagar wetland, Melaghar in Tripura. The Project Management Consultant for the project, Engineering Projects (India) Ltd, is presently looking out for suitable agencies to carry out architectural and design engineering consultancy services for the project.
The legend has it that 51 Shakti Peethas are the places where 51 parts of goddess Sati had fallen like Amarnath, Gandaki, Prayag, Kurukshethra, Varanasi, Vrindavan, Jalandhar, Balaji and Jharkhand. Udaipur, headquarter of Gomati District is one such place where a part of the Goddess Sati’s body had fallen. The city is famous for its Mata Tripura Sundari Temple which is situated about 3 km away from Udaipur at Matabari. The temple is one of the 51 Mahapithasthans of India. The Gomati figures prominently in Tripura’s indigenous folklore, culture, religious rites and ritual so much so that tribal people perform posthumous rites dedicated to their departed near and dear ones on the bank of the river Gomati in the conviction that ablution with the consecrated water of the sacred river will pave the way for ascendance to heaven of their departed dear ones.
By setting up of replica of 51 Shakti Peethas at Banduar, the government also wants to promote local folklore and culture, apart from giving a big boost to tourism industry. Tripura is famous for its ancient temples which also represents ancient architecture. The temple sculpture of Tripura, thus, to a large extent reflects the religious beliefs of the people. The style followed by the temples of Tripura is that of the Nagara architecture. The temple sculpture of Tripura, however, differs from the other East Indian temple sculptures. The grandeur and magnificence of the West Bengal temples are definitely missing. Yet the basic style of the architecture conforms to the North Indian idiom style of temple building. The temple buildings have been constructed in a simple style. The temple complexes generally house one shrine at a time. The shikharas are not sky high and the sculptures rarely adorn the outer walls of the Tripura temples.
Though it is not specifically mentioned, the government expects the proposed project should consider and give boost to the local architecture and materials.