"SHAKTI PEETHAS OF MAA"
Shakti Peeths are solemn for Hindus. Since Divine Blessings are very quickly available by the grace of the merciful Goddess, innumerable devotees, both followers of Tantrik and Vedic rites, visit the Shakti Peeths. The Goddess is known to bestow special blessings on those who worship her in the Navratri Festival, keeping the nine-day fast.
Shakti Peeths ::originated from the primeval Hindu principle that entails the female entity Shakti, the giver of life and fertility, as the more dynamic and the male, as the more passive form of Divinity. The spirit personified by Shiva and the matter individualized by Durga (the Universal Mother) inspired several cults and schools of philosophy.
The Divine Mothers-Maha Saraswati, Maha Laxmi and Maha Kali-are worshipped throughout
the Indian subcontinent. Each region has its sacred idol glorifying some manifestation
exclusive to the area.According to hindu mythology the manisfestation of sati
mata idol was done by Vishnu Ji in 108 parts.However, the 51 Shakti Peeths are
specifically sanctified spots, where a particular portion of the great Goddess's
body fell to earth when Parvati killed herself in her father Raja Daksha's yagna
fire, in retaliation and vengeance, unable to bear the insults made to Shiva.
Vishnu, the Preserver in the Hindu Trinity, cut up Sati's body so that Shiva
could resort to his daily duties again.
Daksha Yagna - Story of Daksha's sacrifice and Sati-Shakti
This legend is associated with the destruction of Daksha's sacrifice and the origin of the Shakti Peethas of India. This is one of the eight legends portraying Shiva as the destroyer of evil.
Sati, the consort of Shiva was the daughter of Daksha Prajaapati a descendant of Bhrama.. Sati had married Shiva against the wishes of her father. The vain Daksha performed a great yagna (with the sole aim of insulting Shiva), to which he invited all of the gods and goddesses except his son in law Shiva. Against Shiva's wishes, Sati attended this sacrifice and was insulted by her father. Unable to bear this insult, Sati immolated herself.
at the insult and the injury, Shiva through Veerabhadra, destroyed Daksha's
sacrifice, cut off Daksha's head and replaced it with that of a goat, as he
restored him to life. Still crazed with grief, he picked up the remains of Sati's
body, and danced the dance of destruction throughout the Universe. The other
gods intervened to stop this dance, and the disk of Vishnu cut through the corpse
of Sati, whose various parts of the body fell at several spots all through the
Indian subcontinent and formed the sites of what are known as Shakti Peethas
In the era of ‘Satya’, Daksha once performed an oblation named Vrihaspati, with a desire of taking revenge with lord Shiva. Daksha was angry because his daughter Sati had married Shiva against his wishes. Daksha invited all the deities except Lord Shiva and Sati. This did not deter Sati from reaching at her father’s house. She expressed her desire to Lord Shiva. He (Shiva) tried his best to dissuade her from going but Sati was unrelenting. Shiva then allowed her to go escorted by his ‘ganas’ (followers).
But Sati being an uninvited guest was not given any respect. Moreover Daksha insulted Shiva, by calumniating him. Sati became sad by her husband’s dishonour. She gave up her life by jumping into the altar of oblation-fire.
When Lord Shiva heard about her death he became furious. He went to the place where Daksha was performing his oblation, along with his ‘ganas’ (followers). The oblation site was destroyed and Daksha was killed by his ‘ganas’.
Lord Shiva then carried the dead-body of Sati and started wandering all over the place like a lunatic. Lord Vishnu severed the dead body with his chakra. Various organs fell at different place. These places became famous as ‘Shakti-Peeth, in due course of time.
or Devi refers to the Goddess woshipped (a manifestation
of Dakshayani / Parvati / Durga)
Bhairava refers to her consort, a manifestation of Shiva
Organ or Ornament refers to the body part or piece
of jewelry that fell to earth, at the location on which the respective temple
is built.(For data -Click Here)
|Sr. No.||Place||Organ or Ornament||Shakti||Bhairava|
|1||Sri Lanka, in Nainativu, Jaffna||Anklets||Indrakshi / Nagapooshani / Bhuvaneswari||Rakshaseshwar|
|2||Sharkrare, a little distance from Sukkur Station from Karachi, Pakistan||Eyes||Mahishmardini||Krodhish|
|3||Sugandha, about 20 km from Barisal, Bangladesh at Shikarpur on banks of Sondh river||Nose||Sunanda||Trayambak|
|4||Amarnath in Kashmir, India from Srinagar through Pahalgam 94 km by Bus, Chandanwari 16 km by walk||Throat||Mahamaya||Trisandhyeshwar|
|5||Jwalamukhi, Kangra, India from Pathankot alight at Jwalamukhi Road Station from there 20 km||Tongue||Siddhida (Ambika)||Unmatta Bhairav|
|6||Jalandhar, India from Jalandhar Cantonment Station to Devi Talab||Left Breast||Tripurmalini||Bhishan|
|7||Ambaji, at Anart, Gujarat, India||Heart||Ambaji|
|8||Pashupatinath Temple at Gujyeshwari Temple||Both Knees||Mahashira||Kapali|
|9||Manas, under Tibet at the feet of Mount Kailash in Lake Mansarovar, a piece of Stone||Right Hand||Dakshayani||Amar|
|10||Biraja in Utkal present Orissa, India||Navel||Vimla||Jagannath|
|11||Gandaki from Pokhara, Nepal about 125 km on the banks of Gandaki river where Muktinath temple is situated||Temple||Gandaki Chandi||Chakrapani|
|12||Bahula, on the banks of Ajay river, at Ketugram 8 km from Katua, Burdwan, West Bengal, India||Left Arm||Goddess Bahula||Bhiruk|
|13||Ujaani, 16 km from Guskura Station under Burdwan district of West Bengal, India||Right Wrist||Mangal Chandika||Kapilambar|
|14||Udaipur, Tripura, at the top of the hills known as Tripura Sundari temple near Radhakishorepur village, a little distance away from Udaipur town of Tripura, India||Right Leg||Tripura Sundari||Tripuresh|
|15||Chatral at the top of Chandranath hills near Sitakunda station of Chittagong district, Bangladesh||Right Arm||Bhawani||Chandrashekhar|
|16||Trisrota, at Salbari village under Boda division of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal, India||Left Leg||Bhraamari||Ambar|
|17||Kamgiri, Kamakhya, at the Neelachal hills near Guwahati, capital of Assam, India||Genital Organ||Kamakhya||Umanand|
|18||Jugaadya at Khirgram under Burdwan district, West Bengal, India||Great Toe (Right)||Jugaadya||Ksheer Khandak|
|19||Kalipeeth, (Kalighat, Kolkata),West Bengal||Right Toe||Kalika||Nakuleesh|
|20||Prayag near Sangam at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India||Finger (Hand)||Lalita||Bhava|
|21||Jayanti at Kalajore Bourbhog village of Khasi hills under Jayantia Parganas of Sylhet district, Bangladesh||Left Thigh||Jayanti||Kramadishwar|
|22||Kireet at Kireetkona village, 3 km from Lalbag Court Road station under district Murshidabad, West Bengal, India||Crown||Vimla||Sanwart|
|23||Varanasi at Manikarnika Ghat on banks of Ganga at Kashi, Uttar Pradesh, India||Earring||Vishalakshi & Manikarni||Kalbhairav|
|24||Kanyashram, Kanyakumari the Bhadrakali temple within the precincts of Kumari temple, Tamil Nadu, India||Back||Sarvani||Nimish|
|25||Present day Kurukshetra town or Thanesar ancient Sthaneshwar, at Haryana, India||Ankle Bone||Savitri||Sthanu|
|26||Manibandh, at Gayatri hills near Pushkar 11 km towards north-west from Ajmer, Rajasthan, India||Two Bracelets||Gayatri||Sarvanand|
|27||Shri Shail, at Jainpur village towards north-east 3 km from Sylhet town, Bangladesh||Neck||Mahalaxmi||Sambaranand|
|28||Kankalitala, on the banks of Kopai river 10 km towards north-east from Bolpur station of district Birbhum, Devi locally known as KankaleshwariWest Bengal, India||Bone||Devgarbha||Ruru|
|29||Kalmadhav on the banks of Shon river in a cave over hills near to Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India||Buttock (Left)||Kali||Asitang|
|30||Shondesh, at the source point of Narmada river in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India||Buttock (Right)||Narmada||Bhadrasen|
|31||Ramgiri, at Chitrakuta on the Jhansi Manikpur Railway line in Uttar Pradesh, India||Right Breast||Shivani||Chanda|
|32||Vrindavan, near new bus stand on Bhuteshwar road within Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India||Ringlets of Hair||Uma||Bhutesh|
|33||Shuchi, in a Shiva temple at Shuchitirtham 11 km on Kanyakumari Trivandrum road, Tamil Nadu, India||Teeth (Upper Jaw)||Narayani||Sanhar|
|34||Panchsagar place not known||Teeth (Lower Jaw)||Varahi||Maharudra|
|35||Kartoyatat, at Bhawanipur village 28 km distance from interior Serpur. Alight at Bagura station under district Bagura, Bangladesh||Left Anklet (Ornament)||Arpana||Vaman|
|36||Shri Parvat, near Ladak, Kashmir, India. Another belief: at Srisailam in Shriparvat hills under Karnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India||Right Anklet (Ornament)||Shrisundari||Sundaranand|
|37||Vibhash, at Tamluk under district Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India||Left Ankle||Kapalini (Bhimarupa)||Sarvanand|
|38||Prabhas, 4 km distance from Veraval station near Somnath temple in Junagadh district of Gujarat, India||Stomach||Chandrabhaga||Vakratund|
|39||Bhairavparvat, at Bhairav hills on the banks of Shipra river a little distance from Ujjaini town, Madhya Pradesh, India||Upper Lips||Avanti||Lambkarna|
|40||Jansthan, at Godavari river valley near Nasik, Maharasthra, India||Chin (Two Parts)||Bhramari||Vikritaksh|
|41||Sarvashail or Godavaritir, at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of Godavari river near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, India||Cheeks||Rakini or Vishweshwari||Vatsnabh or Dandpani|
|42||Birat, near Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India||Left Feet Fingers||Ambika||Amriteshwar|
|43||Ratnavali, on the banks of Ratnakar river at Khanakul-Krishnanagar, district Hooghly, West Bengal, India||Right Shoulder||Kumari||Shiva|
|44||Mithila, near Janakpur Railway station on the boarder of India-Nepal||Left Shoulder||Uma||Mahodar|
|45||Nalhati,Known as "Nalateshwari Temple" from Nalhati station of Birbhum district by Rickshaw, West Bengal, India||Tubular Bones of the Feet||Kalika Devi||Yogesh|
|46||Karnat place not known||Both Ears||Jayadurga||Abhiru|
|47||Vakreshwar, on the banks of Paaphara river, 24 km distance from Siuri Town, district Birbhum,7km from Dubrajpur Rly. Station West Bengal, India||Portion between the eyebrows||Mahishmardini||Vakranath|
|48||Yashor, at Ishwaripur, district Khulna, Bangladesh||Hands & Feet||Yashoreshwari||Chanda|
|49||Attahas [Village:Dakshindihi,Dt:Burdwan]].From Katwa Rly. Station by bus to "NIROL"(Approx 40Minutes).From there by Van rickshaw around 20 minutes to Attahas, West Bengal, India||Lips||Phullara||Vishvesh|
|50||SAINTHIA. Locally Known as "Nandikeshwari" temple.Earlier Nandipur/Now in Sainthia Town. only 1.5 km from Railway Station under a Banyan tree within a boundary wall , district Birbhum, West Bengal, India||Necklace||Nandini||Nandikeshwar|
|51||Hingula (Or Hinglaj), southern Baluchistan a few hours North-east of Gawadar and about 125 km towards North-west from Karachi, Pakistan||Bramharandhra (Part of the head)||Kottari||Bhimlochan|