Shakti Peetha

The Shakti Peeth are significant shrines and pilgrimage destinations in Shaktism, the goddess-focused Hindu tradition. Various legends explain how the Shakti Peetha came into existence. The most popular is based on the story of the death of the goddess Sati. Out of grief and sorrow, Shiva carried Sati's body, reminiscing about their moments as a couple, and roamed around the universe with it. Vishnu had cut her body into 51 body parts, using his Sudarshana Chakra, which fell on Earth to become sacred sites where all the people can pay homage to the Goddess. To complete this massively long task, Lord Shiva took the form of Bhairava.

51 Shakti Peetha

1. KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM
Kanchi-Kamakshi-Amman-temple

The Goddess Kamakshi prevails in the form of Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peetas across the country. The goddess residing place in Kanchi is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi. The word is derived from the heritage “Ka” means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akshi” means Eye. The name as a whole refers as the god lives in Kanchi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes. The Lalitha Sahasranama poem is an idle example for the goddess power.

Kanchi is also called as Satyavrita Kshetra . The Goddess worshipped Lord Siva by creating a mud idol in Kanchi. At that moment, Lord Siva incarnated as Kamba River with high tides to test the worship of the goddess, the goddess grasped the idol closely with her two hands from eroding in the tides. This prevented the idol from getting eroded in the floods. The goddess also performed Pooja by sitting in a needle tip surrounded by “Panchakagni” (surrounded by 5 fires) to free herself from the interest of livelihood. The Lord Shiva became happy, gestured before her and married the goddess. Though there are many Shiva temples in the city, the only temple to have the sanctorum of the goddess is ‘SRI KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE’. There are also eight other Shakti goddesses surrounding the temple.

shree-tripura-sundari

The Goddess Kamakshi prevails in the form of Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peetas across the country. The goddess residing place in Kanchi is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi. The word is derived from the heritage “Ka” means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akshi” means Eye. The name as a whole refers as the god lives in Kanchi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes. The Lalitha Sahasranama poem is an idle example for the goddess power.

The Goddess Kamakshi prevails in the form of Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peetas across the country. The goddess residing place in Kanchi is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi. The word is derived from the heritage “Ka” means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akshi” means Eye. The name as a whole refers as the god lives in Kanchi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes. The Lalitha Sahasranama poem is an idle example for the goddess power.

purnagiri-temple

Purnagiri Devi Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. It is situated at a distance of 20kms from Tanakpur, on the right bank of the river Kali in the district of Champawat. A three km track leads from Tunyas( 17km from Tunakpur) to the Purnagiri temple. It is dedicated to goddess Purnagiri Devi. During the navratras devotees tie a thread to take a wish. If their wish gets fulfilled, the pilgrims come back and untie the threads.

According to the legends, Daksha performed a yagna with a desire of taking revenge on Lord Shiva because he had married the former’s daughter going against his will. He invited all deities for the yagna except for Shiva and Sati. Sati wanted to attend the yagna and eventually convinced Shiva to let her do so. Shiva allowed her to go with his followers. Since Sati was an uninvited guest, she wasn’t given respect. Furthermore, Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati couldn’t tolerate her father insult her husband and she commits suicide by jumping into the yagna. Due to the loss and insult, Shiva got enraged and beheaded Daksha. He replaced the head with a goat’s head and gave him life. Not just that, he picked up Sati’s body and danced the dance of Destruction- Tandav all around. Many Gods intervened to stop him but he wouldn’t listen to anyone. Shiva’s disc, the Sudarshan Chakra cut through the corpse of Sati and the various parts of her body fell at several parts of the continent which formed the sites that are known as Shakti Peethas today. The part where the Nabhi or Naval fell, has the Purnagiri temple. People come here to worship the devi.

Surkanda_Devi_Temple

Surkanda Devi is a Hindu temple situated close to the small resort hamlet of Dhanaulti in Tehri District. It is at an altitude of about 2,757 metres; lies close to nearby hill stations of Dhanaulti (8 km) and Chamba(22 km) and walking distance of approximately 3 km from Kaddukhal, the place where vehicles are parked. It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a scenic view of the surrounding region including the Himalayas to the north, and certain cities to the south. The Ganga Dussera festival is celebrated every year between May and June and attracts a lot of people.The snow-covered Himalayas and the forest area between Mussoorie and Chamba offer a splendid view. A big local fair is held here in the month of June every year, attracting tourists from all over.

One of the most persistent mythologies concerning the origin of worship at the site is associated with the myth of Sati, who was the wife of the ascetic god Shiva and daughter of the Puranic god-king Daksha. Daksha was unhappy with his daughter’s choice of husband, and when he performed a grand Vedic sacrifice for all the deities, he did not invite Shiva or Sati. In a rage, Sati threw herself onto the fire, knowing that this would make the sacrifice impure. Because she was the all-powerful mother goddess, Sati left her body in that moment to be reborn as the goddess Parvati. Meanwhile, Shiva was stricken with grief and rage at the loss of his wife. He put Sati’s body over his shoulder and began his tandava throughout the heavens, and vowed not to stop until the body was completely rotted away. The other Gods, afraid of their annihilation, implored Vishnu to pacify Shiva. Thus, wherever Shiva wandered while dancing, Vishnu followed. He sent his Sudarshan Chakra to destroy the corpse of Sati. Pieces of her body fell until Shiva was left without a body to carry. Seeing this, Shiva sat down to do Mahatapasya. Despite the similarity in name, scholars do not generally believe that this legend gave rise to the practice of sati, or widow burning.

According to various myths and traditions, there are 51 pieces of Sati’s body scattered across the Indian subcontinent. These places are called shakti peethas and are dedicated to various powerful goddesses. The body was separated part by part. Shiva passed through this place on his way back to Kailash with the dead body of Sati whose head fell at the spot where the modern temple of Surkhanda Devi stands. Due to fall of head part of sati its name became sirkhanda which in the passage of time called surkanda.

patandevi-patna

Patan Devi also called Maa Patneshwari, is the oldest and one of the most sacred temples of Patna. It is regarded as one of the 51 Siddha Shakti Pithas in India. The ancient temple, originally called Maa Sarvanand Kari Patneshwari, is believed to be the abode of the goddess Durga.

The name of the city Patna is widely believed to have been derived from the name of the Bari Patan Devi Temple. Some, however, doubt whether the name of Patna is derived from this temple. According to them, the name is derived from patan which means a town and Patna was a big place of export and import.

According to the Hindu mythology, 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. Lord Shiva at once came to know of this and in his great anger and sorrow took her dead body on his shoulder and began to perform tandava dance around the Triloka (three worlds). The Gods were horror-struck and requested Lord Vishnu to intervene. Vishnu cleverly followed the dancing Shiva and started cutting the dead body of Sati to pieces with his Chakra. Wherever the major limbs of the body of Sati fell the places became Mahapithas. The places where the minor limbs fell came to be known as Upapithas. There is a tradition fondly believed that some portion of the right thigh of Devi Sati fell in Magadh and it is said that the part of the body of Sati fell in both Maharajganj and Chowk areas in Old Patna city. At these places, the Badi Patan Devi temple and the Chhoti Patan Devi temple were built. According to the Tantra Charumani, the small images of the Bari Patan Devi Temple, Patna are the Goddess Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. In Hindu mythology, these Goddesses protected Putraka, who was the founder of Pataliputra. A strange stone image has been found in a tank near the Bari Patan Devi Temple, Patna. That image has been kept in the eastern veranda of the main temple where this stone is being worshiped regularly.

NainitalTemple

The first structure made on the upper edge of the lake Naini on Naina Hillock was destroyed by a landslip in 1880. The destroyed structure was replaced by what stands there today as Naina Devi Temple. It is one of the most revered Hindu temples in India. Once a devotee reaches the top of the hill, he can buy prasad from any of various stalls put up. They can also bring offerings from home. After crossing the main gate, a big peepal tree stands on the left. On to the right, one will find idols of Hanuman and Ganesh. Towards the main entrance, there are two statues of Lion. Inside the temple, three deities stand for darshan. Mata Kali Devi, Maa Naina Devi at the centre and Lord Ganesh constitute the three deities.

The word Naina is synonymous with Sati’s eye. It is considered as one of the Shakti Peeth. According to a popular legend, Goddess Pārbati and Lord Shiva jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. To mourn the death of his wife, Shiva carried her on his shoulder and performed the Dance of Destruction. Vishnu’s chakra- Sudarshan Chakra- went through Parvati’s body and various parts of the body fell at different places. Her eyes fell on the place where the Naina Devi Temple stands today.

mansa-devi-temple

Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirtha is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.

The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of lord Shiva. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga (serpent) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her.

Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that attracts people from both far and near due to its significance. The temple is considered a must visit for the pilgrims going to Haridwar. It enhances the holy tradition of Haridwar which persists in the place from many past centuries. It offers views of the River Ganges and the plains of Haridwar. To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope-way service. The rope-way service known as “Mansa Devi Udankhatola” was introduced for the benefit of the pilgrims and it caters to the pilgrims also to the nearby located Chandi Devi shrine. The rope-way carries the pilgrims from the lower station directly to the Mansa Devi Temple. The total length of the rope-way is 540 metres and the height it covers is 178 metres.

This temple along with the nearby located Chandi Devi temple is visited by thousands of devotees from various parts of the country, and especially during the Navratra and the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar.

Mangala Gauri Temple

The Mangla Gauri Temple in Gaya, Bihar, India has been mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana and in other scriptures and tantric works. This temple is among the eighteen maha shakti Peeth. The present temple dates back to 15th century. The shrine is dedicated to Shakti or the mother Goddess in the predominantly Vaishnavite pilgrimage center of Gaya. Mangalagauri is worshiped as the Goddess of benevolence. This temple constitutes an Upa-Shakti Pitha — where it is believed that a part of the body of Shakti fell according to mythology. Here Shakti is worshiped in the form of a breast, a symbol of nourishment. It is believed that whoever comes to maa Durga with his wishes and prayers, returns successfully with all of prayers and wishes come true.

It is a very old temple built in the 15th century. We have to climb up a small hillock to reach the temple. The steps route is in between houses of local people. At the starting of steps route, there is the temple of Bhima (One of Five Pandavas). We can see his knee impression here. Here Bhima did Shraddhakarma, hence called as Bhimvedi Gaya.

It is a very old temple built in the 15th century. We have to climb up a small hillock to reach the temple. The steps route is in between houses of local people. At the starting of steps route, there is the temple of Bhima (One of Five Pandavas). We can see his knee impression here. Here Bhima did Shraddhakarma, hence called as Bhimvedi Gaya.

According to various myths and traditions, there are 51 pieces of Sati’s body scattered across the Indian subcontinent. These places are called shakti peethas and are dedicated to various powerful goddesses. The body was separated part by part. Shiva passed through this place on his way back to Kailash with the dead body of Sati whose breast fell at this spot where the modern temple of Mangla Gauri stands.

Harsiddhi_Temple

Harsidhhi, a contracted form of “Harshad Amba” – The Happy Mother, is considered as one of the aspects of Amba and Kalika, the Hindu Devi. She is also known by the names like Harshal, Harshad, Harshat, Shikotar, Sikotar, Dasha, Momai and Vahanvati Mata. She is also known as Sindhoi Mata or Goddess of Sands, in Sindh in Pakistan, where her temple is located. Harshidhhi Mata Temple also known as Harshal Mata Temple is located at a place called Miani, some 30 km away from Porbandar en route to Dwarka. The main temple was originally located on a hill top facing the sea. One more famous temple is located in Rajpipla, where she is worshiped as Kuldevi by former princely State of Rajpipla, where she had come from Ujjain.

Her temples are found in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Some of her noted temples are located in Porbandar, Indore, Jabalpur, Ladol, Dwarka, Wadhwan, Aurangabad, Badod, Varvala, Lunavada, Chand Baori, Haripura, Kutch, Rangir Rahli District Sagar Madhya Pradesh, and so on.

Harsidhhi, a contracted form of “Harshad Amba” – The Happy Mother, is considered as one of the aspects of Amba and Kalika, the Hindu Devi. She is also known by the names like Harshal, Harshad, Harshat, Shikotar, Sikotar, Dasha, Momai and Vahanvati Mata. She is also known as Sindhoi Mata or Goddess of Sands, in Sindh in Pakistan, where her temple is located. Harshidhhi Mata Temple also known as Harshal Mata Temple is located at a place called Miani, some 30 km away from Porbandar en route to Dwarka. The main temple was originally located on a hill top facing the sea. One more famous temple is located in Rajpipla, where she is worshiped as Kuldevi by former princely State of Rajpipla, where she had come from Ujjain.

Her temples are found in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Some of her noted temples are located in Porbandar, Indore, Jabalpur, Ladol, Dwarka, Wadhwan, Aurangabad, Badod, Varvala, Lunavada, Chand Baori, Haripura, Kutch, Rangir Rahli District Sagar Madhya Pradesh, and so on.

Chandrabadni-Temple

Chandrabadani is a mountain (2,277m above sea-level) on the border of tahsil Devaprayag and Pratapnagar. It is well known for the temple of Chandrabadani Devi, lying at the top of the mountain about 10 km. north of Kandi Khal, a place on the Devaprayag-Kirti Nagar. The place commands a beautiful view of the Surkanda, Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks. The temple is very small and contains a Shri-yantra carved out on a flat stone instead of any idol. The Chandrabadani Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of power. Apart from the temple, this place offers breathtaking views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath, Badrinath and so on.

The legend says that the torso of Sati fell here and her weapons got scattered all around the place. Thus, even today huge number of iron trishuls (tridents) and some old statues can be seen lying around the revered temple of Chandrabadani. Traditionally, a cloth canopy is tied to the ceiling over this Shri-yantra once every year and the Brahman priest does it blindfolded. The proper time for the visit is June to October. One should avoid visiting Chandrabadani Temple in the monsoon.

Maya_Devi_Temple_Haridwar

Maya Devi Temple is an ancient religious establishment of Haridwar which is counted as one of the shakti peeths present in India. The temple of Maya Devi falls is enshrined with the deity of Adhisthatri. The history of religion in Haridwar speaks of a rather interesting part of the Maya Devi Temple. Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu Temple dedicated to goddess Maya in the holy city of Haridwar of Uttarakhand State in India. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell in the region where the temple stands today and thus it is sometimes referred to as a Shakti Peetha. Goddess Maya is the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Shakti. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which is the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple.

The history of the Maya Devi temple dates back to the 11th century. Devotees as well as tourists from all across the country and the world flock to Haridwar to visit the shrine and to seek blessings of goddess Maya Devi; the goddess represents shakti (divine power). Among the Hindu community this divine power is very highly regarded and revered. Maya Devi temple came into existence in Haridwar in the 11th century. This shows the ancient glory associated with this famous Maya Devi shrine of Haridwar. Devotees come to this sacred temple of Haridwar to offer their prayers to the presiding deity. The Goddess of Maya Devi temple resembles the form of Shakti and as such people worship this divine power.

shitla mata

Shitla Mata Mandir or Shitla Devi Mandir is situated at Patna City. This is a place for worship of Mata Durga also known as shakti peeth of Maa Durga. Shitla Mata Temple is located at Main market near Tower Chowk, Deoghar. Devotees come here and sit for hours in its premises. The temple has less height but idols are ancient. It is believed that incurable diseases are cured if one worships here with heart. Every year in the month of Chaita (April), Shitla Puja celebration takes place with great pomp and show.

It houses the image of Shitala Devi, and the pindas of the ‘Saptamatrikas’ (the seven mother forms). It is widely revered and worshiped for the cures for the small-pox as well as for fulfilling all sorts of desires. The site once contained several ancient and medieval sculptures. Of these, at least one was that of the Yaksha of the Mauryan art-affiliation.

However, the statues have no existing record as of now. The site is situated at a short distance south-west of Gulzarbagh station. It is barely one kilometer away from the archaeological ruins of Kumhrar Park.

Kankali Devi Temple

The Kankali Devi Temple is often referred to as the Tigawa temple. It is one of the oldest temples of Devi Kali Maa known as one of the Shaktipeeth among Hindu pilgrims. Being so old it is one of the centers of devotion for Hindus. In Shardey Navratri and Chaitra Navratri peoples from all over the country came for Pooja and Darshan. There is one special thing about the statue of Maa Kali, during Navratri the neck of Maa Kali’s statue is slightly tilted from its original position. It is approximately 20Km from Bhopal.

shitala-Temple

Shri Sheetala Mata Mandir (Masani Temple)also referred as ‘Shakti Peeth’ is a well known temple located one and a half kilometers in the suburbs of Gurgoan near a beautiful pond. The presiding deity of the temple is Shri Mata Sheetla Devi also known by the names Bhagat Lalita Ma and Masani Ma is the incarnation of Goddess Durga. The word Sheetala refers to the disease smallpox and it is believed that the person’s suffering from this disease will be surely recovered by praying to Sheetla Devi . The statue of the deity, weighing 4kg is made up of mixed metal with gold polish and is kept in a wooden casket which is in turn placed on a small marble platform in the temple.

There is a legend about this temple. There was a shrine, sacred to the goddess Devi, locally known as Masani at the village of Kesopur in the Delhi district. Some two hundred and fifty years ago according to tradition, the Goddess appeared in a dream to one Singha, a Jat of some influence and a resident at the village of Gurgoan. The Devi communicated to Singha that she wished to leave Kesopur and directed him to construct a shrine for her in his village. At the same time, she authorised the fortunate Singha to appropriate all the offerings at her shrine. The orders of the goddess were promptly carried out. The shrine was built and flourished, its fame spreading far and wide.

chandika-Temple

Chandika Sthan is a Hindu temple situated in Munger, in the Indian state of Bihar. It is one of the sixty-four Shakti Peethas, places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti. On the Northeast corner of Munger, Chandika Sthan is just two kilometers away from the Munger town. Being a Siddhi-Peetha, Chandika Sthan is considered to be one of the most sacred and sanctified temples, as important as the Kamakshya temple near Guwahati. Chandika Sthan is approximately 1 km distance from ITC Ltd, Basudevpur, Munger.

The Chandika Sthan Temple is believed to be a Shakti Peetha, the divine shrine of Shaktism. The mythology of Daksha Yaga and Sati’s self-immolation and Shiva carrying the corpse of Sati Devi is the story of origin behind the Shakti Peetha shrines. It is believed that Sati Devi’s left eye has fallen here. Another legend connected with Chandika Sthan is regarding King Karna of the ancient Indian kingdom of Anga, who used to worship Chandi Mata every day and in turn, the Goddess gave him 11/4 pounds (equivalent to 50 kilograms) of gold for distribution among the needy and downtrodden at Karanchaura, now a local name for the vicinity. In the city of Munger, the eastern region of the city on the bank of river Ganga, among the Vindhya Mountain in a cave, Shakti Peeth Maa Chandika Sthan is situated with a historical importance. The place where Chandika Sthan is situated, their left eye of Maa had fallen, it is said that the history of Chandika Sthan is related to Raja Karna. Raja Karna was a worshipper of Maa. Raja Karna used to worship Maa daily, he used to daily come in mandir and jump into boiling ghee, according to saints, Maa used to give Darshan to Raja Karna and made his dead body alive.

Vidhyavasini

Vindhyavasini is name of a benevolent aspect of Devi Amba or Durga. Vindhyavasini temple is located at Vindhyachal, 8 km away from Mirzapur on the banks of river Ganges, in Uttar Pradesh.

The goddess gets her name from Vindhya Range and the name Vindhyavasini, literally means, she who resides in Vindhya. As it is believed that the Shaktipeeths were created on earth, where the body parts of Sati fell. But Vindhayachal is the place and a Shaktipeeth, where the Devi had chosen to reside after her birth. At the time of the birth of Krishna as 8th Child of Devaki-Vasudeva, Maha-Yogini Mahamaya has taken birth at same time at Nanda-Yashoda and as per the instruction from God Vishnu, Vasudev had replaced Krishna with this girl child of Yashoda. When Kansa tried to kill this girl child she escaped from the hand of Kansa and turned into Devi form and informed him that Oh!! You fool!! The one who will kill you is already born and safe and vanished from the prison of Mathura. Thereafter, she choose Vindhyachal mountains to reside, where her temple is located at present.

The temple is one of the most revered Shakti Peethas of India. The Vindhyavasini Devi is also known popularly by name of Kajala devi. Goddess Kali is adorned in the form of Vindhyavasini Devi.

Chamundeshwari-Temple

The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. It is known as Krouncha Pitham as the region was known in Puranic times as Krouncha Puri. The origin of Shakti Peethas is associated to the mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati’s self immolation.

Shakti Peethas are divine seat of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple have shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava. The Hair of Sati Devi is said to have fallen here, the Shakti is addressed as Chamundeshwari Devi.

‘Skanda Purana’ and other ancient texts mention a sacred place called ‘Trimuta Kshetra’ surrounded by eight hills. Lying on the western side is the Chamundi Hills, one among the eight hills. In the earlier days, the Hill was identified as ‘Mahabaladri’ in honour of God Shiva who resides in the ‘Mahabaleswara Temple’. This is the oldest temple on the hills.

uma-shakti-peeth

Katyayani Peeth Vrindavan otherwise known as uma shakti peeth is one among the 51 Shakti Peethas. It is said that, the Ringlets of Hair of Maa Sati fell here, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise Maa Sati Body. Here the idol of Maa Sati is called as ‘Uma’ and lord Shiva is worshiped as ‘Bhotesh’.

The most significant thing about this temple is that here five separate deities of the five sects, or sampradayas are worshipped. Each idol is worshipped by the sampradaya’s different worship methodology. Also, the Ashtadhatu idol of Goddess Katyayani, was installed after the performance of Sanatan Dharm rites by religious scholars or pandits from Varanasi, Bengal, etc. Along with the goddess Katyayani ,(Shakt sampradaya) other idols installed are, Lord Shiva (Shaiv sampradaya), Lord Laxmi Naarayan (Vaishnav sampradaya), Lord Ganesh (Ganpataya sampradaya), Lord Surya (Surya Sampradaya). Along with these five main deities, Jagatdhatri Devi is also worshipped here.

The Katyayani Peeth temple has undergone a lot of renovations over the decade, but the main part of the temple is still intact. From outside the whole temple is made of white marble and huge pillars support the temple. Pillars are made with black stone and presents a picturesque view. Just adjacent to the steps that lead to the main courtyard, two golden colored lions are standing and they represent the vehicle or vahana of Maa Durga. Devi has got a sword in the temple which is popularly known as Uchawal chandrahaas.

Puruhutika Devi Temple

Located 20 Km from Kakinada and 75 Km from Rajahmundry, It is considered to be one of the 18 Shakti pithas in India. It is famous for the temples of Kukkuteshwara Swamy, Kunthimadhava Swamy and Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Agraharam, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy Temple. Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradishana and come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted by the “Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Sila is second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandai. Pithapuram is one of the oldest and famous pilgrim places of India. There is an oldest temple call “Padagya Keshatram in Pithapuram. The Lord “Sri Kukuteswara Swamy is the Swayambhu with Spatika Lingam”. Pithapuram is one of the Twelve Pilgrims, one of the five Madava Keshatra and one of the Asta Dasa (Eighteen) Sakthi Pethas. Previously Pithapuram is known as Pitikapuram.Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradishana and come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted by the “Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Sila is second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandai.

Puruhutika devi was worshiped by Lord Indra. Once Indra has cheated Ahalya (wife of Gautama maharshi) in the form of Gautama and was cursed by the Maharshi. Indra lost his testes and got the symbols of Yoni all over his body. He felt very sad and prąyed Gautama a lot. Finally the Rishi accepted and told that the Yoni symbols will look like eyes, so that Indra will be called as Sahasraksha then after. But Indra lost his testes. He wanted to regain them. He left his kingdome, came to Piithika puri and did Tapasya for Jaganmata. After a long time Jaganmata appeared before him and blessed him with wealth and testes. Indra was very happy and prąyed her as Puruhutika devi (One who was worshiped by Indra).After a very long time Jagadguru Sripada vallabha took birth in Pithapuram. He too worshiped Puruhutika devi and realized his self. He is an incarnation of Dattatreya. Pithapuram is also known as Dakshina Kasi.

Alampur-Jogulamba-Temple

Alampur is a sleepy town situated on the banks Tungabhadra River, in the state of Telangana. Alampur is considered as the western gateway of Srisailam. Here the marvelous temple and remains of some ancient temple signify Badami Chalukyan architecture. The region was ruled by many South Indian dynasties. The principal deities at the Jogulamba temple are Jogulamba and Balabrahmeshwara. Goddess Jogulamba is considered the 5th Shakti Peetha among 18 shakti peetams in the country. Here Goddess Jogulamba is seen seated on the Corpse with scorpion, frog, and lizard on the head. She is seen in a naked avatar with her tongue stretched outside, an avatar of fierce goddess that grants Siddhi in Yoga and hence called Jogulamba. This word is a changed form of Yogula Amma in Telugu which means Mother of Yogis.

According to a popular legend there was a great saint in 6th century called Rasa Siddha who had the power to convert base metal into gold and he was considered close to chalukya king Pulakesi II, instrumental in constructing any temples called ‘Nava Brahmas’. According to the legend, the nine names of Siva are actually the names of medicinal herbs put forth by Rasa Siddha and there are nine temples here. They are the Swarga Brahma Temple Padma Brahma Temple, Vishva Brahma Temple Arka Brahma Temple, Bala Brahma Temple, Garuda Brahma Temple, and Taraka Brahma Temple. The Siddha Rasarnavam is a tantric work, which states that if upasana is performed as per the prescribed Tantra, then Mercury oozes from the Linga of Bala Brahma, Thighs of Subramanya, Navel of Ganapati, and Mouth of Mother Jogulamba, which can be converted into Gold by using the medicinal herbs.

Saptashrungi-Devi-Temple

Saptashrungi is a site of Hindu pilgrimage situated 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Nashik in West Indian state of Maharashtra in India. According to Hindu traditions, the goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells within the seven mountain peaks. (Sapta means seven and shrung means peaks.) It is located in Nanduri, Kalwan taluka, a small village near Nashik in India. Devotees visit this place in large numbers every day. The temple is also known popularly as one of the “three and half Shakti Peethas” of Maharashtra. The temple is also one among the Shakti Peetha located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati’s (first wife of Lord Shiva) limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen.

Maa-Biraja-Temple-Jajpur-Odisha

Maa Biraja Temple is an historic Hindu temples located in Jajpur (about 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Bhubaneswar), Odisha, India. Biraja or Viraja Temple is one of the important Maha Shakthi Peetas. Here the main idol Durga Devi is worshipped as Girija (Viraja) and Lord Shiva as Jagannath. Sati’s navel fell here. Adi Sankara describes the goddess as Girija in his Ashtadasha shakti peetha stuti. Here Maa Biraja Devi is worshiped as Trishakti Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.The Maa Biraja Temple covers a large area, and has several shrines to Shiva and other deities. According to the Skanda Purana it cleanses pilgrims, and it is called the Viraja or the Biraja kshetra. Jajpur is believed to have about one crore of Shiva lingams.

Jajati Keshari, a ruler of Kesari dynasty built the Biraja temple in Jajati Nagar (now Jajpur) in 13th century during the Kalinga time. The deity, Maa Biraja which stands 70 ft from the floor is said to be worshipped from 5th Century. The temple is named after the King Jajati Keshari. According to the legend, the place is also known as ‘Gadakhestra’, as Bhima’s Gada (mace) was lying in this holy place. In front of the temple stand two lions above elephant. This is indicative of the greatness of Keshari dynasty (Symbol of Lion) than Gajapati dynasty (Symbol of elephant) in Orissa.

Jay-Durga-shakti-peeth

Jayadurga Temple at Baidyanath is the place where Sati’s Heart had fallen. Here Sati is worshipped as Jai Durga and Lord Bhairav as Vaidyanath or Baidyanath. The Shakthi Peeth is popularly known as Baidyanath Dham or Baba Dham. Since the heart of Sati fell here, the place is also called as Hardapeetha. Lord Bhairav as Vaidyanath is worshipped as one of the important twelve Jyotirlingas. Within the campus, Jayadurga Shaktipeeth is present exactly opposite to the main temple of Vaidyanath. Both the temples are connected by red colored silk threads in their tops. There is a belief that the couple who binds these two tops with the silk will have a happy family life by the blessings of Lord Shiva and Parvathi.

The temple is 72 feet tall white plain old structure with spreaded small temples dedicated to various Gods. Within the temple the idols of Durga and Parvathi are present on a rock stage. People usually climb it up and offer flowers and milk to the goddesses. Many Tantriks worshiped Jayadurga and got her blessings. Here Jaganmata is worshiped in two forms. The first one being Tripura sundari / Tripura bhairavi and the second one being Chinnamasta. Tripura sundari is worshiped with Ganesh as Rishi and Chinnamasta is worshiped with Ravanasura as Rishi.

Jai durga Shakti Peeth is known as Chitabhumi. It is said that while lord Shiva was wandering in the universe with the body of Sati, heart of Sat had fallen at this place. Baidyanath Shakti Peeth is the not just a Shakti Peeth, but also, an auspicious place where a person gets relieved from disease of leprosy. It is believed that the person who visits this place, he gets freedom from all sorts of disease and all kinds of sins. Bad or negative thoughts are removed from a person’s brain. Individual gets a spiritual growth. Hence, it is called Baidyanath.

Tripurmalini-Shakti-peeth

One of the 51 major Shakti Peethas, the Tripurmalini Shakti Peeth is situated in Jalandhar, Punjab. The Tripurmalini Shakti Peeth is dedicated to Devi Sati or Shakti, who is worshipped by a large number of Hindu devotees. It is believed that Devi Sati’s Left Breast fell here. This Peetha is situated in Jalandhar (1 km from Jalandhar Railway Station) in the state of Punjab in India.Here Sati is called Tripurmalini and Lord Shiva is called Bhishan. The city of Jalandhar is located at Hawrah-Amritsar main line of Indian railways.Different sages like Vashishtha, Vyasa, Manu, Jamdagni, Parshuram etc., worshipped Adhya Shakti here, in the form of Tripura Malini. Shaktipeeth is worshipped for the blessings of son.

The old structure of the Tripurmalini Shakti peeth has been renovated and changed to how it looks today. New sections have also been added within the temple premises. There is a huge tank (called talab in Hindi), as old as the main temple and is the main attraction and reason why Devi Talab Mandir got its name. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali besides the main temple. Recently, a structure resembling the Amarnath Cave Temple has been added to the temple complex.

Some people believe that whoever dies accidentally at Tripurmalini Shaktipeeth, goes to heaven after death. Even the birds or animals dying at this place get free from the cycle of birth and death. According to another belief, all the Gods are present here partly to meet Matarani. Worshipping here and at every shakti peeth is considered extremely auspicious. By worshipping, we all are in safe and protective hands of Matarani.

Maa-Ambika-Shaktipeeth

Maa Ambika Shaktipeeth or Virat Shakti Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Maa Sati. It is said that, the left leg Maa Sati fell here, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati Body. Then, at the place of fall of left leg, this temple was constructed. Maa Ambika Shaktipeeth is situated in Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. Bharatpur is also known as “Lohagarh” and the “Eastern gateway of Rajasthan”. The temple is located in Virat village which is 90 km from Jaipur.

Here the idol of maa Sati is called as ‘Ambika’ and the lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Amriteshwar’ (nectar of immortality). Navaratri is celebrated twice in a year i.e in April (Chaitra masa) and Sep- Oct (Ashwija masa) for nine days. Special pujas and yagnas are conducted during Navaratri. Other festivals celebrated are Makara Sankranti, Shivaratri, Ram Navami, Sharad Poornima, Teej (July- August), Gangaur (March- April) and Deepavali.

Bheemakali-Temple

Bheemakali Temple or Vibhasha Shakti Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Maa Sati, located on the banks of the River Roop narayana at Tamluk village, Purab Medinipur in West Bengal, India. It is the place where Devi Sati’s left ankle fell. Here Devi is worshipped as Kapalini or Bhimarupa and Lord Shiva as Sarvanand.

In the Sanctorum of the temple, there is a large ‘Shiv Ling’ and it is made of black stone. Priest and pilgrims worship here and Yagya are also carried from time to time. All around the ‘Shiv Ling’ is the White marble boundary. The temple is also known as Bheemakali Temple. History to this Bheemakali Temple dates back in the time when it is said that the left ankle of Maa Sati fell to this place.

Tamluk is a junction, thus is well connected by both road and rail. There are six bus routes originating from Tamluk. There are also direct trains from Howrah to Tamluk. Nearest airport is in the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International in Kolkata, and national flights as well as international Flights are available from here.

Vishalakshi-Temple

The Vishalakshi Temple or Vishalakshi Gauri Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Vishalakshi Maa (means wide eyed Devi) at Mir Ghat on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is generally regarded as a Shakti Pitha, the most sacred temples dedicated to the Hindu Divine Mother. The karna kundala (earring) of the goddess Sati are said to have fallen on this holy spot of Varanasi. Goddess worshiped here as Maa Vishalakshi and Lord Shiva as Kala or Kaal Bhairva. The Vishalakshi Temple have elaborate gopuram (ornamented tower) which rests above the main entrance. Upon closer inspection, one finds lions flanking a door above which is a lovely marble relief depicting the popular goddess, Lakshmi. Here she sits upon a lotus with elephants on opposite sides pouring water over her, forming a composite glyph that represents abundance. This popular representation of the goddess is known as Gajalakshmi.

The inner periphery of the temple is essentially a concrete wall that has an area which protrudes like a shelf displaying an assortment of Shiva lingams (some with an accompanying Nandi–Shiva’s bull), nagas (divine serpents), and a beautiful Ganesh sculpture. Directly behind the main shrine and opposite the door is a marble statue of Adi Shankaracharya, the famous philosopher monk, seated cross-legged.

The goddess Vishalakshi herself is represented by a lovely murti carved from a solid piece of polished black stone. Her upraised right arm bears a lotus in its hand, while the palm of her left, downturned hand is empty and facing away. She gazes directly forward and her darshan can easily be obtained from the street when the front doors are open and it is not too crowded inside the temple.

Tripura-Sundari-Temple

Tripura Sundari Temple is situated in the ancient Udaipur, about 55 km from Agartala, believed to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines in this part of the country. Devi’s right foot fell here and the idols are Devi as Tripura Sundari and Shiva as Tripuresh. The Darshan of Devi fulfils all wishes and purifies the souls of the worshippers.

Considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, consists of a square type sanctum of the typical Bengali hut. The temple consist a square type sanctum with a conical dome, there are two identical images of the same deity inside the temple. They are known as Tripura Sundari (5 feet high) and Chhotima (2 feet high) in Tripura. The idol of Maa Kali is worshiped at the temple of Tripura Sundari in the form of ‘Soroshi’. One is made of kasti stone which is reddish black in colour. It is believed that the idol was Chhotima was carried by king in battlefield. This temple is also known as Kurma Pitha because it the temple premises resembles kurma i.e. tortoise.

It is said in the 16th century, a King used to be there and his name was King Dhanymanik. He was ardent worshiper of Maa Kali and one day in his dreams Maa Durga appeared and told him to get the idol of Maa from a mountain of Chinta village. Justly, King Dhanymanik awakened to order his soldiers to bring the idol. As a result, the idol was there to King till sunrise. As ordered by Goddess Tripureshwari, her temple was constructed and the idol was established in it. With time, her temple thereon was known as Tripura Sundari Temple. Thus, the Tripura Sundari temple came into being in around the year 1501, and is now about 500 years old. History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the Right Leg of Maa Sati fell to this place.

Sugandha-shaktipeeth

Sugandha Shakti peeth is a temple dedicated to Goddess Sunanda. It is located in the village of Shikarpur, 10 miles north of Barisal, in Bangladesh. Sugandha Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. It is said that the nose of Maa Sati fell here. The idol of Maa Sati is called as ‘Sunanda’ and lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Traimbak’. The Bhairav temple is in Ponabalia, located 5 miles south of Jhalkati rail station. Ponabalia is under the village Shamrail situated on the bank of the river Sunanda.

The whole complex of the Sugandha shakti peeth is made of stone, with images and statues of gods engraved on them. The sculptures presents are mesmerizing. Shine of the marble the temple is constructed of and its reflection on the water of the river is surely one thing that people do not want to miss out here.

Suchindram-Shakti-Peet

Suchindram is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and is placed in the southernmost district of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, India. This place is where it is believed that the Upper Teeth of Maa Sati fell. The idols are Devi Maa as “Maa Narayani” (wife of Narayan) and Lord Shiva as “Sangharor Samhara” (the destroyer). Sometimes the goddess is popularly known as Kanya Kumari or Bhagavathy Amman. Samhara Bhairava is present in a nearby village. At Suchindram, he is locally called Sthanu Shiva. Suchindram has a temple dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan as well who is the representation of the combined forces of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinities are worshiped.

The temple has a beautiful Gopuram, musical pillars. The art and architecture of this temple is unique and blends with the Tamil Nadu culture. From outside the whole temple looks white, as it is made of white stone. On the other hand, the top part is made of various sculptures that depict the various gods and the fine stone work done on it is highly commendable. There are palm trees planted in front of the Suchindram temple. So much so is the religious importance of this place that every year people in million numbers flock to this part of the country.

Shriparvata-Shakti-Peeth

Shriparvata Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas where the right anklet of Goddess Sati has fallen. Here the idols are – Devi as Shree Sundari (beautiful) and Lord Shiva as Sundaranand (the handsome one). The place is situated at Laddakh of Kashmir Valley. Another conviction is – at Shriparvat under Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The overall art and architecture of the temple is great. On the side premises there are sculptures various gods and goddesses. In the main sanctorum, lies the idol of Maa Sati. It is always covered with red cloth and idol is made of black stone. Around the idol is the gold dome that covers the idol 2/3 part from above.

Shona-Shakti-Peeth

Shondesh Shakti Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Maa Sati and is situated in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. It is said that, the Right Buttock of maa Sati fell here, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve lord Shiva from the grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati’s Body. Here the idol of maa Sati is called as ‘Narmada’ and lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Bhadrasen’. This is also the point of origin of the river Naramada and the temple complex also includes the Narmada Udgam temple.

The sanctum sanctorum of the Shondesh Shakti Peeth temple looks really adorable. In the centre, the idol of Maa Narmada is there, and it is surrounded by the golden ‘Mukut’, all around it. Just few meters on both side, the idols of different goddess is there. The platform, where Maa Narmada idol is there, made of Silver. When it comes to the art and architecture, Shondesh Shakti Peeth is quite adorable. The white stone made temple with ponds all around it produces a picturesque view. Adding to the charm of the location, the picturesque view of Son River and the nearby kund, is something that can’t be left unseen. The most important part of this location is that, two main ranges, Satpura and Vindhya merge together here. The temple is situated in such a lovely location that the enchanting view of the Some River that originates from a nearby Kund can be enjoyed. It is the perfect location to get the pictorial sceneries of the Satpura ranges and the flapping valleys. Rising sun can also be seen from this picturesque spot. There around 100 steps in total which are need to be traveled in order to reach the temple. One more thing that makes this place more charming is the flow of Narmada River.

Naina-Devi-Temple

Naina Devi Temple is one of the most famous temples of 9 divine powers in Himachal Pradesh. Naina Devi Temple is a holy shrine that is dedicated to Shri Naina Devi, one of the forms of Goddess Shakti. Located on the top of a hill in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, Naina Devi Mandir is one amongst the fifty two Shakti Peeths.Naina Devi Temple is a sacred place especially for the Hindus. Pilgrims come to visit this temple to pay their homage to the Goddess. According to the legends, the different body parts of Sati fell on the earth during the time of self-sacrifice. It is believed that Sati’s eyes fell at this point and subsequently, a temple was built here to commemorate the goddess. The term ‘Naina’ suggests ‘eyes’, so the goddess came to be known as Naina Devi.

In the Naina Devi Temple complex, there is huge Peepal tree that is acclaimed to be present from past many centuries. On the right side of the entrance to the main shrine, idols of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha are placed. After crossing the main gate of the shrine, two striking statues of Lions are visible. The main shrine reveals the images of three deities. Goddess Kali can be traced on the extreme left. In the centre, image of Naina Devi is visible, while Lord Ganesha is on the right side.

The Naina Devi Temple is perched over a small yet scenic hill. From the suburbs of the temple, one can spot the picturesque Govind Sagar Lake. Close to the main shrine, there is a small cave, which is known as Shri Naina Devi Cave. In the earlier days, people used to trek the steep path of 1.25 kms to reach the temple at the hill-top. Now, the facility of cable car has been launched to make to journey easy and enjoyable.

Godavari-tir-Shakti-Peeth

Godavari tir Shakti Peeth or Sarvashail is the famous Shakti Peetha where it is said that the Left Cheek of Maa Sati fell and the idols worshiped at this religious place are Vishweshwari (Vishweshi) or Rakini or Viswamatuka (The mother of the whole world) and Lord Shiva as Vatsnabh or Dandapani (The one who holds a staff). This Shakti Peetha is located at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of Godavari River near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. Godavari Tir Shakti peeth is also known as Sarvashail.

Godavari tir or Sarvashail Shakthi Peeth is an ancient temple. The temple’s architecture is splendid. The temple looks massive, as the temple’s gopuram is at a great height. The gopuram has several images of gods and goddess sculpted on it. River Godavari is one of the sacred rivers. Bathing in the River Godavari is said to wash away the sins of the devotees. River Godavari (1465 kms) is the second longest river next only to the River Ganga.

Nandikeshwari-sakthi-peeth

Nandikeshwari temple is located in earlier Nandipur village, which is now a part of Sainthia town, Birbhum district, West Bengal (220 Km from Kolkata). The Sainthia town is located on the bank of river Mayurakshi. According to Hindu scripture Neck lace of Sati fell here. Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Nandini and Lord Bhairav as Nandikeshwar. The name Sainthia is derived from ‘Sain’, a Bengali term used to refer to an Islamic priest. Sainthia is also known as ‘Nandipur’, after Nandikeshwari Temple.

chitrakooShaktipeeth

Chitrakoot Shakti Peeth is located in Chitrakoot (Ramgiri) in Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot town is home of several ancient temples mentioned in Hindu Scriptures. Chitrakoot area borders Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Shakti Peeth Chitrakoot has been formed as the right breast of Mata Sati had fallen down in this place making is really sacred. According to people with other opinion, Devi’s nala had fall down in this particular place. Nala is known as the bone which of the abdomen of an individual. The idol of Devi over here is known as Shivani and Lord Shiva is known as chanda.

Savithri-Shakti-Peeth

One among the 51 Shakti Peethas of Maa Sati, this beautiful Maa Bhagwati’s Temple/ Mandir lays in the opens and calm spiritual surroundings of the Dwaipayan Lake in Thanesar town of District Kurukshetra, Haryana. Maa Bhadrakali’s Shrine is one of the oldest temples of the Ferocious Goddess, Maa Kali.Savitri Shakti Peeth temple is fully dedicated to Badrakhali, a stern form of Shakti. As per the famous Shiva-Sati story, it is alleged that the Right Ankle of Mata Sati fell here in a well in front of this temple. Presently a marble right ankle idol has been placed in front of Maa Kali’s main idol being worshipped by all. This Shaktipeeth is otherwise also referred as Savitripeeth, Devikoop, Kalikapeeth. Over here, Sati is called Savitri and Lord Shiva is called Sthanu Mahadev.

Savithri Shakti Peeth temple is now a modern mortar constructed temple in a typical Hindu Mandir style with one main and 2 little shorter mounts. The main temple mount could be around 80-100 feet high. It is painted with beautiful white color on base and with red, orange, golden and black on top. The temple has a vast compound area. The main gate opens on a main road. Entering the temple compound, there is a straight 100 m approximate path to walk, where people even park their vehicles and a park on the right and open space on the left to that path. Moving further just before the main door of the temple, there is a prasad shop and a common hand wash area on the left. You can get horse idols and other prasad at this place to offer Maa Bhadrakali. Entering the main door of the temple there is a circular central well shaped area, where there is a beautiful lotus being constructed and horse idols on the peripheral. Across in front is the main temple room where Maa Bhadrakaali’s main idol is kept for worshipping and a metal idol of the right ankle of foot placed on the door in front as well. Devotees bow at in front of this idol and then take a Parikrama (circumambulation of shrines) of this temple room. Alongside the parikrama, you worship other God and Goddess idols situated around the main temple room including Maa Saraswati, Maa Gayatri and more.

Prayag-Shaktipeeth

The three temples in Prayag Shaktipeeths are considered Shaktipeeths from three dfferent ideas. All the three temples are of mata Sati of Prayag Shaktipeeth. The three temples are Akshaywat, Mirapur and Alopi. It is situated very near to Sangam (confluence) of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati near Allahabad Fort, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.Prayag Shaktipeeths is considered as one of the Sapta mokshapuras. This place is also called as Theertharaj that means king of all theerthas. In Prayag, the fingers of mata Sati fell. She is also called as Alopi mata / Lalita. Here Lord Shiva is known by the name of Bhav.

The popular belief is that the fingers of the hands of Goddess Sati fell at the spot where the Alopi Devi Temple stands. It must be noted that Goddess Alopi temple is also part of the Ashta Das Shaktipeeth concept more famous in South India and propagated through the Ashtadasha Shaktipeeth Stotra of Adi Shankara.

Prabhas-Shakti-Peeth

Prabhas Shakti Peeth is located near Veraval of Junagarh district, Gujarat. It is the place where Sati’s Udara (Stomach) fell. Here the idol of Devi Sati is worshipped as Maa Chandrabhaga (the moon goddess) and Lord Shiva as Vakratunda (one with curved body). Since Devi Sati is worshipped as Maa Chandrabhaga, the Prabhas Shakti Peeth is also known as Chandrabhaga Devi Shakti Peeth.

Among the Hindu aficionados, this temple is quite popular and every year people in exorbitant number flock to this part of country to offer their prayers. Those who visit this place get rid of sins of their past. Just adjacent to this temple, famous Somnath Temple is also situated.

Presently there is no Temple at this place, but there used to be a separate shrine for Devi in ancient times. The temple is identified with the holy confluence of three rivers, Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati. Present structure is like a stage, it’s like remaining of a sub shrine that is destructed on the top. But during re-construction of Somnath Jyotirlinga the trustees forget or didn’t take care to rebuild the Devi shrine. They left it as it is.

Panchsagar-Shakti-Peeth

Panchasagar Shakti Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Maa Sati located near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh where it is said that while Lord Shiva had been carrying the body of Devi Sati with him, Lower teeth of Maa Sati was seen to fall down in this particular sacred place. The idol of Devi Maa is known as Varahi and Lord Shiva was provided the title of Maharudra (The angry one), which means an angry person. The word varahi is known as feminine energy which is in other word known as boar Avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The art and architecture of this Shakti Peeth is adorable. The stone that is used in the construction of this Shakti Peeth is really different and the glows when the sunlight falls on it. The enchanting views that is presented by the Shakti Peeth when it image falls in the water body, that is located just adjacent to it are mesmerizing. History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the Lower teeth of Maa Sati fell to this place. Alternatively, according to the Matsya Purana it is also believed that Maa Varahi was created by Lord Shiva from the incarnation of Lord Vishnu –Varah (boar form) to kill a demon, who is mainly worshipped at nocturnal.

Tristrota-Temple-Shakti-Peeth

Tristrota Shakti Peeth is located on the banks of Tista River in Shalbari village of Falakata in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. Here the idol of Maa Sati is called as Goddess Bhramari / Bumblebee and the lord Shiva is worshipped as Ishwar (form of Lord Shiva).History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the thumb of her left leg of Maa Sati fell to this place, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati Body. Then, at the place of fall of thumb of her left leg, this temple was constructed.

There is a famous story behind this Shakti Peeth. It is said that once a very cruel demon called as Arunasura used to live in the world. His power grew so much that he started fighting devas in heaven and forced to leave the heaven. He did not even spared the families of the devas. After suffering from so much pain and agony, the wives of devas could bear more trauma, and in search of respite they came to Maa Bhramari. It is said that Maa Sati turned herself into numerous bees and protect the wives of devas, also the bees attached the Demon and killed him. From the day, the name of Maa Sati is named as ‘Maa Bhramari’.

Anandamayee-Shakthi-Peetha1

Anandamayee Shakti Peeth is situated on the banks of Ratnakar River at Khanakul-Krishnanagar, district Hooghly, West Bengal, India. Here the idol of Maa Sati is called as ‘Kumari’ and the lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Bhairav’.It is locally known as Anandamayee Shakti Peetha.

According to the Hindu legends, Anandamayee Shakti Peetha is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Ma Sati. It is said that, Dakshina skandha (right shoulder) of the Goddess fell here, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve Lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati Body. Then, at the place of fall of Right Shoulder, this temple was constructed.

Manibandh-Shakti-Peeth

The Manibandh Shakti Peeth in Pushkar is said to be the place where the wrist of the Goddess is said to have fallen. It is located at Gayatri hills near Pushkar and 11 km north-west of Ajmer, Rajasthan and around 5-7 km from the famous Pushkar Bramha temple.

The place, where Goddess Sati’s two manivedikas – wrists fell, is known as Manivedika Temple and the Icon, installed later in the temple is called Gayatri Devi. There are two idols here, one is of Devi Sati and called as Gayatri. The other idol in the temple is of Lord Shiva Known as the Sarvananda (the one who makes everyone happy). Meaning of Gayatri is Saraswati. Saraswati is the goddess of Knowledge in Hindu culture. This temple is considered as the ideal place for Gayatri Mantra sadhana.

The temple is constructed on a hill and made of stones on which various idols of gods and Goddess are engraved. The art and architecture of the temple is commendable and the huge pillars show the grandness of this holy structure.

Kiriteswari-Temple1

Kiriteswari Temple is the oldest, holiest, and a famous religious place of Murshidabad district and is also known by the name Mukuteshwari temple. It is located in Kiritkona village, near Lalbagh court road, in Murshidabad district, West Bengal.

This is one of the major Shakti peethas among the 51. According to belief, the “crown” or the kirit of Sati had fallen here. Here Devi is worshipped as Vimala or pure and Shiva as Sangbart or Sambarta. The Shakti Peeth at Maa Kiriteswari temple is considered as an Upapeeta, as no limb or part of the body fell here, but only a portion of her ornament fell here. It is one among the handful of temples in Bengal where no deities but an auspicious black stone is worshipped.

The previous name of Kiriteswari was Kireetkana. Kireet means the crown. Kireetkana or Kiriteswari is mentioned in the Vabisyapuran, a literature written in the medieval period. And it is also heard that in the time of Shankaracharya and the Gupta age the Kiriteswari had the existence.

Chandranath-Temple

Chandranath Temple located on top of the 350 metres high Chandranath hill, is a famous Shakti Peeth located near Sitakunda in Bangladesh where, as per Hindu sacred texts, the right arm of Goddess Sati fell. Sitakunda Chandranath Temple is a holy place of pilgrimage.

There are two idols here, one is of Devi Sati and called as Bhavani. The other idol in this temple is of Lord Shiva Known as the Chandrashekhar. This particular word is depicted for all those individuals who have got a moon at the crown or at the top of their head. As per the belief of many local people, Lord Shiva himself has committed to visit Chandrasekhar Mountain during Kali Yuga. The temple is beautifully made with marble structures and art.

The name, Shakti peeth chattal is related to the location of its establishment. A famous town in Bangladesh, Chatgaon is the establishment point of Shakti peeth chattal. This town is also known as chitagaon by the local people in the particular district.

Guhyeshwari-Temple

Guhyeshwari Temple is one of the revered holy temples. It lies about 1 km east of Pasupanath and is located near the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. This temple is dedicated to Guhyeshwari. The goddess is also called Guhyekali. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers.

The temple name originates from the Sanskrit words Guhya (Secret) and Ishwari (Goddess). In Lalitha Sahasranama the 707th name of Goddess is mentioned as ‘Guhyarupini’ meaning the form of Goddess is beyond human perception and it is a secret. Another argument is that it is the secret 16th syllable of the Shodashi Mantra. Guhyeshwari is a Shakthi Peetha and is the place where Devi Sati’s knees is believed to have fallen. Here Devi is worshipped as Mahamaya or Mahashira and Lord Shiva as Kapali.

The temple is also mentioned in the sacred texts of Kali tantra, Chandi tantra, Shiva tantra Rahasya as one of the most important places for gaining the power of tantra. The Vishwaswarup of goddess Guheshwori shows her as amany as and different color headed goddess with innumerable hands. The temple possesses divine female energy force and is considered as the most power full tantra peeth as it is built above seventeen cremation ground.

nainativu-nagapoosani-amman-temple

Nainativu Nagapoosani Amman Temple is an ancient and historic Hindu temple located 36 km from the ancient capital of the Jaffna kingdom, Nallur, Sri Lanka. It is dedicated to Parvati who is known as Nagapooshani or Bhuvaneswari and her consort, Shiva who is named here as Rakshaseshwar (Nayanair).

It is believed to be the place where the silambu (anklets) of Gauri had fallen. Anklets have been given immense importance in the worship of Shakti since time and memorial. This ornament is also referred to in the famous Tamil epic Silapathikaram – where the story begins and ends with an ankle.

Bhuvaneshwari means the Queen or ruler of the Universe. She is the Divine Mother as the Queen of all the worlds. The entire Universe is her body and all beings are ornaments on her infinite being. She carries all the worlds as a flowering of her own Self-nature. She is thus related to Sundari and to Rajarajeshwari, the supreme Lady of the Universe.

Mithila-Shaktipeeth

One of the 51 legendary Shakti Peethas is located at Mithila (near Janakpur station) Darbhanga on the border of Bihar, India- Nepal. The holy place is dedicated to divine powers “Goddess Durga” are worshipped by a large number of Hindu devotees as “Mahadevi or Uma”. It is believed that Devi Sati’s left shoulder (Vama Skandha) fell here. The idols of goddess Uma Devi and Lord Mahodar are located in a temple on a mountain rock.

The temple which represents a fort is a white colour structure having four minar type towers. There is also a colour fountain in front of the temple which is one of the tourist attractions.

According to the Hindu mythology, it is whispered that Devi Sati’s “Left Shoulder”fell here. The main idols of this legendary divine place are Devi as “Mahadevi or Uma” and Lord Shiva as “Mahodar” (a brave one). The holy place is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Kailash-Manasa-Shakti-Peeth

Manasa Shakti peeth is Located at Tibet. This Shakti Peeth is placed just beside the most pure and sacred water body specifically known as Lake Manas sarovar. Here, Goddess Mansa (form of Goddess Shakti) and Lord Amar (form of Lord Shiva) comes subjective of Mansa Shakti Peeth. In Hindu mythology, right hand of Sati fell in Shakti peeth Manasa.

Since the idol of Devi have been provided with a different name at various shakti peeth, the name provided to this particular idol of devi is known as Dakshayani (Durga). Also the name given to Lord Shiva over here is known as Amar (Immortal). This is one of the pure and religious spot of the whole earth where people can get all their desires fulfilled. No temple or deity is there only a big boulder is lying over there which is being worshipped.

It is mentioned in the ancient scriptures that anyone who takes a dip in the holy Mansarovar Lake and circumambulates the peak, gets absolved of his or her sins for generations and attain salvation. The Kailash Manasarovar Lake is believed to have healing powers. Kailash Manasarovar Lake is believed to be the abode of the Hamsa or the Swan of Lord Brahma, one of the holy Trinity. The Lake is also considered to be one of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas where the Right hand of Goddess Sati fell to Earth after the Daksha Yagna episode of Hindu mythology.

Tristotra-Shakti-peeth

Tristrota Shakti Peeth is located on the banks of Tista River in Shalbari village of Falakata in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. Here the idol of Maa Sati is called as Goddess Bhramari / Bumblebee and the lord Shiva is worshipped as Ishwar (form of Lord Shiva).

History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the thumb of her left leg of Maa Sati fell to this place, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve lord shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati Body. Then, at the place of fall of thumb of her left leg, this temple was constructed.

There is a famous story behind this Shakti Peeth. It is said that once a very cruel demon called as Arunasura used to live in the world. His power grew so much that he started fighting devas in heaven and forced to leave the heaven. He did not even spared the families of the devas. After suffering from so much pain and agony, the wives of devas could bear more trauma, and in search of respite they came to Maa Bhramari. It is said that Maa Sati turned herself into numerous bees and protect the wives of devas, also the bees attached the Demon and killed him. From the day, the name of Maa Sati is named as ‘Maa Bhramari’.

Tristotra-Shakti-peeth

Ratnavali Shakti Peeth is situated on the banks of Ratnakar River at Khanakul-Krishnanagar, district Hooghly, West Bengal, India. Here the idol of Maa Sati is called as ‘Kumari’ and the lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Bhairav’.It is locally known as Anandamayee Sakthi Peetha.

According to the Hindu legends, Ratnavali Shakti Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Ma Sati. It is said that, dakshina skandha (right shoulder) of the Goddess fell here, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve Lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati Body. Then, at the place of fall of Right Shoulder, this temple was constructed.

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