The Tripura government has decided to construct the exact replicas of the 51 Shaktipeethas to boost tourism in the state. Consequently, a helicopter service has also been started to Devatamura and Unnakoti hills, famous for their rock-cut sculptures.
“There are 51 Shaktipeeths. Of the 51 Shaktipeeths, 38 are in India, six in Bangladesh, three in Nepal, two in Pakistan and one each in Tibet and in Sri Lanka. For common people, it is not possible to visit all the 51 Shaktipeeths. So, the Tripura tourism department has decided to construct the exact replicas of the Shaktipeeths near Tripuresari temple at Udaipur,” an official of the Chief Minister’s Office is reported to have said.
“The tourism department has prepared a preliminary project report of Rs 44 crore for construction of the replicas of the 51 Shaktipeeths and has sent the proposal to the 15th Finance Commission for consideration,” he added.
Deputy Director of Tripura Tourism, Abhijit Chakraborty said, “The state government has introduced a helicopter service from September 1, named as ‘Tripura Hawai Safar’, which would be available on Sunday’s only.” The Tripura Hawai Safar is a one day tour in which tourists can visit Devatamura in Gomati district and Unakoti at Unakoti district.
The Shaktipeethas will be constructed at Fulkumari in Gomati district, about 3 km away from the Tripureswari temple. The Tripuresswari temple in Udaipur town, also known as Tripura Sundari temple, is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas, popularly called Matabari locally.