Gaya Mangala Gowri Temple in Bihar, mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana, and Agni Purana, is one of the Astadasa Shakti Peetha temples (18 prominent temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti). The present Mangala Gauri Temple dates back to 15th century.
As per the legend of Shakti Peethas (Goddess Sati), the breast part of the Goddess fell here and worshipped as the symbol of benevolence and nourishment.
In Mangala Gowri temple complex of Gaya, there are some temples dedicated to – Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Maa Kali, Maa Durga, Mahishasura Mardhini, and Dakshina Kali.
Basant Navratri during Chaitra month (March – April), Shravan Mahina (August), Sharad Navratri (September – October), Kartik mahina (October – November), and Maha Shivratri are the best occasions to visit the temple.