Chandika Sthan is a Hindu temple situated just two kilometer away from Munger town located in the Indian state of Bihar. It is one of the fifty one Shakti Peethas, places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti. Being a Siddhi-Peetha, Chandika Sthan is considered to be one of the most sacred and sanctified temples, as important as the Kamakshya temple near Guwahati.
Legendary tales and the Hindu folklore says that it was to save the world from the anger of Lord Shiva, as he took the corpse of Sati and wandered. The same legend says that the left eye of the Sati fell at Munger, which subsequently developed into a place of worship of the Divine Mother Chandi. Among the different Shakti peethas Chandika Sthan is famous for the cure of eye troubles,as per the traditional belief of the local folklore.
Another legend connected with Chandika Sthan is regarding King Karna of the ancient Indian kingdom of Anga, who used to worship Chandi Mata every day and in turn the Goddess gave him 11/4 pounds (equivalent to 50 kilogram) of gold for distribution among the needy and downtrodden at Karanchaura,now a local name for the vicinity.
How to reach:
Chandika Sthan is approximately a 1km distance from ITC Ltd, Basudeopur, Munger. The nearest railway station is Munger Junction, and the nearest airport is Patna Airport.