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 History of Temple
 
Patna is one of the oldest cities in India. The name Patna is popularly believed to be derived from Maa Patan Devi Temples. The Bari Patan Devi temple is located at Maharajganj, about six miles east from Patna Junction railway station of the Eastern Railway. Gulzarbagh railway station is at a distance of half a mile. The Choti Patan Devi temple is located at Patna City Chowk, about two miles from Patna City railway station of the Eastern Railway. Rickshaws, horse-drawn ekkas, taxis, -etc. are available at Patna, Gulzarbagh and Patna City railway stations.
The following are the legends regarding the temples: -
Once Prajapati Daksha celebrated Brihaspati Yajna and had invited every god to his Yajna but left out Shiva, his own son-in-law. Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, on learning that her husband had not been invited to her father's Yajna, went to her father's home. When Sati found no seat allotted to her husband there, she felt mortified and put an end to her life.
 
Maa Sarvanand Kari Patneshwari
 

The temple of Badi Patan Devi faces north. At the entrance of the temple, there is a portico of about 15'x15'. After that there is a room of about 8'x8' for Mahakali (12"), Mahalakshmi (6"), Mahasaraswati (12") and Bhairav (3"). All the statues are of black stone. They are in a standing pose on a simhasan, which is about 4" square, the height being about 7  feet. All the statues are of black stone. They are attired in sari except Bhairav. They are with mukut (crown).

"Mahantha Sri Vijay Shankar giri" is the "Mahanth" of "Sri Sri Badi Patan Devi Mandir". He got the "Gaddi" of "Mahantha" from his maternal grand father Late Mahantha Sri Madho Giri on his fifth birthday.

  Mahantha