Tripureshwari Temple or Tripura Sundari Temple is a beautiful temple situated in Udaipur, around 55 km from Agartala, Tripura. This temple is 500 years old and it is the oldest temple in the district. Tripureshwari Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and is the place where the toe of the right foot of Sati fell. According to legends Lord Vishnu had cut Sati into 51 Pieces with his Sudarshana Chakra and the places where her parts fell are known as the Shaktipeethas, so its religious significances are greater than any other temples in the state.
One interesting fact about the glorious temple is that it is in the shape of a tortoise and also known as Kurma Peeth (Kurma means tortoise and Peeth means Holy Place). Tripureshwari Temple has many names, but the locals call it Matabari Mandir. (Bari is a Bengali means house and Mata means Mother, so Matabari implies mothers home). A lake situated in the back of the temple called ‘Kalyan Sagar’ is home to a large number of tortoises. Different types of fishes are also in this Sagar. The visitors buy ‘Muri’ (puffed rice) and biscuits to feed these reptiles. The lake is considered sacred and devotees worship the fishes and tortoises present here.
A Famous festival is organised at the temple complex during the Diwali time. Every year the festival is organized by the government and attended by more than 2 lakh people. During Navratri, the temple also remains full of devotees.
The temple lies close to Udaipur, around 55 km away from Agartala – the State Capital. The temple can be reached in about 1.5 hours drive.