Deori Mandir | Ancient Solahbhuji Durga Temple

The famous Deori Mandir near Ranchi is an all-time favourite for the people of this city. Here’s a write-up by Indrajit Roy Choudhury.


After a long time, we all three of us are at home this time. We thought of visiting the ancient solahbhuji (sixteen-armed) Durga temple at village Deori, near Tamar, around 60 km from Ranchi, on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi Highway (NH-33) to pay our obeisance to Goddess Durga.

I have been visiting this temple from the time it was in its original shape – a small, ancient structure housing the stone idol of Goddess Durga inside a dark chamber with a big lamp providing light inside the sanctum sanctorum. I came to Ranchi for the first time from New Delhi on my promotion in the middle of 1997. My bank colleagues in Ranchi told me about this temple and we also started visiting this temple often.

Ranchi to Jamshedpur

Durga is a warrior goddess, and she is depicted to express her martial skills. Her iconography typically resonates with these attributes, where she rides a lion or a tiger, has…

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