In patakhauli VDC, ward no. 8, Gauri Satiyasthan, every year a jatra is celebrated on Kartik Shukla purnima. The jatra is called Silautiya Mela after the name of the nearby village “Silautiya”. This region lies on the banks of river Rohini and has its own specific historical and cultural value.
The area was a place of importance since the early 6th century BC when neighbouring states Devdaha (Ramgram) was under the regime of Koliya dynasty and Kapilvastu under the Shakyas. In accordance to the Buddhist granthas, the eastern border of kapilvastu was spreaded until river Rohini. Satiyasthan that lies on the bank of rohini is a religious cum historically important place.
There is a really interesting story behind the religious value and the jatra that takes place here every year.locals postulates that there was once a girl named Bitini, daughter of a Pachima tharu, in taraina village. She suffered from haija and had an untimely death. Her body was either cremated or burnt as per the funeral customs. Even after the rituals, presence of her soul could be felt where her body was burnt. Villagers could feel it but nobody cared. One day, gothalas who were grazing the cattles in the same place, saw smoke coming out. They quickly informed TulaRam Chaudhary, leader of the community. In order to know the mystery behind the smoke, villagers dug the place and surprisingly found Bitini alive. Everybody asked her to return back to her home but she refused and stayed back on the banks of Rohini, meditating. Slowly she gained divine power. She could even cross the river during heavy floods, easily. Using her power, she also used to provide essentials needed in festivals in the village. Once, while conducting a yagya, various items like sugar weren’t available. So in place of such items, people brought sand from Rohini. Surprisingly, the sand changed to required items. Then after, whenever the villagers faced problems, they consulted Satiyamai. If their children or livestocks fell ill or if any calamities occurred, they knocked the doors of Satiyamai. Such divine mai used to consume fruits, yoghurt and a meal a day.
Later, one storied temple was built at the place for representation of the goddess. Various images of Lord Krishna, Radha, crocodile and elephants are placed at the entrance of the temple. 12*13 inch four faced statues of Shivalinga, Uma Maheshwor Falak, Basaha and worshippers are artistically very attractive. 1½ wide ft. and 1 ft. long statue of Sitamai is the oldest statue present at the place. The ancient idol of mai was stolen so at the moment, a common idol symbolizing mai is placed in the temple. Every year, a Silautiya jatra is celebrated in the temple. In order to rejoice the divine power of the goddess and to receive her favour for better living, the jatra is conducted, the locals say.
Locals as well as people from far and wide come to celebrate the jatra. Various food items especially sweets are highly sold at the celebration. The jatra has been occasion of celebration for the farmers whereas for others, it has been a medium for gathering together with family members and relatives at a place and enjoy.
This ploace beholds archaeological facts and data so if excavated properly, various historical data and events can be learnt about, thus making us more clear about the history of the place.