Nartiang Durga temple is the most famous temple in Meghalaya and one of the 51 Shakthi Peethas of Goddess Durga. The temple is one of the holiest sites for devotees of Shakti (the divine Goddess), and is located in the Jaintia Hills district.

Devi’s left thigh is believed to have fallen at Nartiang in the Jaintia Hills. Hence the Goddess here is known as ‘Jainteshwari’.

Durga Puja is the most important festival of this temple. During Durga Puja, a banana plant is dressed up and worshipped as the Goddess. At the end of the four-day festivities, the plant is ceremoniously immersed in the Myntdu River. A gun salute is also given to the Goddess on the occasion.


At present, The Central Puja Committee, the official representative of the Hindu community in Meghalaya, is the caretaker of the temple.

This Temple is Located in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, Nartiang Durga Mandir is 60 km away from the capital city, Shillong bus stop.