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Deori Mandir


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On the day of Mahashtami, we hit the road to reach Jamshedpur to attend the Durga Puja at the Swarn Vihar, Sonari, Jamshedpur.

There is ancient Durga temple at Deori, near Tamar, around 60 km from Ranchi, on the Tata-Ranchi Highway (NH33). It is a very popular temple. I am going to this temple from the time it was in its original shape. I came to Ranchi from Delhi on my promotion in the year 1997. My bank colleagues told me about this temple and we used to visit this temple. The main attraction is that the idol is having sixteen hands.

The original walls and pillars are made of sandstone but now a new structure is being erected along the existing old temple. Legend has it that whoever has tried to alter the structure of the temple has had to face the wrath of the gods and suffer consequences. The popularity has however attracted crowds and money. Now, it is quite a big temple. I like this place very much. The best thing in this temple is that one can directly worship the Goddess. The priests only assist with mantras. Deori Temple is also believed to be the only temple where six tribal priests, known as Pahans, perform rituals and offer prayers alongside the Brahmin priests.

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Even, the captain of India’s cricket team, MS Dhoni also comes to this temple regularly. The previous captain Saurav Ganguly also came here for worship. We stopped here for a while. Babai & I went to the temple for prayers. According to P. Vijay Raghavan the revered ‘Solah Bhuja Devi Prachin Durga Mandir’ (Sixteen armed ancient Durga Temple), more popularly known as the Deori Mandir of Tamar, about  55 km from Ranchi in Jharkhand is actually in existence since the Mahabarata times. The Pandavas are believed to have prayed here during their period of ‘Agyatvaas’ (secluded exile).

We prayed at this temple and then proceeded towards Jamshedpur.

The tyre of the car burst near Rargaon soon after leaving Deori. There was a dhaba (roadside restaurant) near that place. After getting the wheel changed, we enjoyed hot tea along with Gulaab Jamun in Rabri at that dhaba.

Gulaab jamun is a milk-solids-based sweet mithai (sweet dish), popular in countries in South Asia and in places having substantial Indian diaspora. It is made mainly from milk solids — known as khoya in the Indian Subcontinent — traditionally from freshly curdled milk. It is often garnished with dried nuts like almonds to enhance flavour.

Rabri is a sweet, condensed milk based dish made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense.

This place is famous for this dish and we enjoyed it a lot, at the cost of high calories and sugar content! Kabhi kabhi chalta hai (It’s OK sometimes)!🙂

Awesome gulab jamum with rabri near Rargaon

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