The Shakti-Peeths are memorials and momentous spiritual pilgrimage places devoted to the Goddess Sati or Shakti, i.e. the chief deity of power in Hinduism. Shaktism, the tradition the Shakta sect follows emphasizes on the Goddess. Most ancient Hindu texts mention these significant goddess worship places in India and the subcontinent. There are 51 Shakti-Peeths, of which 4 are Adi-Shakti Peeths, 18 are Maha Shakti-Peeths and the rest are Shakti-Peeths only Though most are located in India, there are 7 in Bangladesh, 2 in Nepal, 3 in Pakistan, 1 in Sri-Lanka and Tibet each. What’s the story behind Shakti-Peeths? How did it come to be?
Well, here’s everything you wanted to know about the Shakti-Peeths most mythological serials and Hindu Puranas talk about.
Story of Shaktipeeth -The beginning of Shakti-Peeths
The Story of Shakti-Peeths begins with Prajapati Daksha -the son of Lord Brahma. He had a daughter Princess Sati -a human incarnation of Goddess Adi-shakti, who grew up admiring and adoring the tales and legends of Lord Shiva. Most legends believe the death of Goddess Sati is how Shakti-Peeths came into existence. Lord Shiva carried the Goddess’s body with him roaming the universe. To bring help him overcome his grief, Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to cut the body into 52 pieces. Where these ornaments or pieces fell on various places on earth to become consecrated sites. These places were known as the Shakti-Peeths, i.e. the seat of the Goddess, where people can pay obeisance to the Goddess. Lord Bhairava, another form of Lord Shiva always goes with Goddess Sati.
Names and Locations of Shakti Peethas
Though there are 51 Shakti-Peeths that are significant among Hindu pilgrimage places, don’t miss a chance to visit the four Adi Shakti Peeths.
Bimala Shaktipeeth of Puri, Orissa in India
The temple to worship the Goddess Bimala is at the right of Jagannath Temple and behind the Rohini Kund. The temple is famous as the Pada Khanda considered one of the first Shakti-Peeths. People believe the feet of Goddess Sati fell at this place. The locals believe Goddess Bimala is a nonviolent form of Goddess Shakti. Lord Bhairava is known as Lord Jagganatha in Orissa and any offerings made to the god are incomplete till they are offered to the Goddess Bimala.
Tara, Tarini Sthana Peeth in Orissa, India
Taratarini Sthana Peeth is on the banks of the River Rushikulya on the Kumar hills near Berhampur in Orissa. The people worship the twin Goddesses i.e. Goddess Tara and Goddess Tarini as the manifestations of powerful Adi Shakti as this is where Goddess Sati’s breasts fell on earth. It is one of the most revered and oldest Shakti-Peeths and Tantra Peeths in India.
Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati in Assam, India
Kamakhya temple is the main temple among all the individual temples present in the complex dedicated to the female deity in its different forms i.e. Bagalamukhi, Bhuwaneshwari, Tara, Chinnamasta and Tripura Sundari. This temple is mystical and associated with several legends attracting thousands each year during the Ambubachi fair in Guwahati. Puranas mention that Sati’s Mahamudra (female reproductive organs) fell in a cave in the form of a stone. This is the temple where the Goddess completes her cycle of fertility.
Kalighat Kali Temple of West Bengal, India
As the name highlights, people worship the Hindu Goddess Kali in the Kali Temple of Kalighat. Every year, the temple sees the visit of thousands of travelers from different regions of the world.
51 shakti peeth location will tell you about the city or area in India, where the body part fells. Moreover, ancient holy priests have given 51 shakti peeth name (Shaktis) based on the respective body part/ornament fell there. Accordingly-
- Mahamaya, Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir
- Phullara, in Attahasa, West Bengal
- Bahula, Bardhaman, West Bengal
- Mahishmardini, Bakreshwar, Siuri town
- Avanti, Bairavparvat Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
- Aparna, Bhavanipur, Bangladesh
- Gandaki Chandi, Chandi River
- Bhamari, Janasthaan
- Kottari, Hinglaj, Karachi
- Jayanti, Bourbhag Village, Bangladesh
- Yogeshwari, Khulna district
- Jwala or Shakti Siddhida, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
- Kalika, Kalighat, West Bengal
- Kali in Kalmadhav, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh
- Khamakya, Guwahati, Assam
- Devgarbha/Kankleshwari, Birbhum, West Bengal
- Sravani, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
- Chamudeshwari/Jaya Durga, Chamundi Hills, Mysore
- Vimla, Murshidabad, West Bengal
- Kumara Shakti at Anandamayee Temple of West Bengal
- Shakti Bhraamari, Ratnavali, West Bengal
- Shakti Dakshayani, Manasarovar
- Gayatri Manibandh, Pushkar, Rajasthan
- Uma at Mithila, border of Nepal and India
- Indraksh, Nainativu, Manipallavam
- Mahashira, Guhyeshwari near Pashupatinath Temple
- Bhawani at Chandranath Hills, Bangladesh
- Varahi, Panch Sagar, Uttar Pradesh
- Chandrabhaga, Junagarh, Gujarat
- Lalita of Prayag
- Savitri/Bhadra Kali, Kurukshetra, Haryana
- Maihar/Shivani, Satna, Madhya Pradesh
- Nandini or Nandikeshwari, Birbhum, West Bengal
- Sarvashail/Rakini on Godavari river banks at Kotilingeswar Temple
- Mahish Mardini at Shivaharkaray near Karachi of Pakistan
- The Narmada Shondesh, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh
- Sundari at Sri Sailam (currently in Bangladesh)
- Maha Lakshmi at Sri Shail (currently in Bangladesh)
- Devi Narayani, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu
- Suganda of Shikarpur (currently in Bangladesh)
- Tripura Sundari, Udaipur in Tripura
- Mangal Chandika at Ujjain
- Vishalakshi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Kapalini of Vibash, Medinipur, West Bengal
- Ambika, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
- Uma at Vrindavan/Bhooteswar Temple of Uttar Pradesh
- Tripurmalini, Jalandhar, Punjab
- Amba at Ambaji, Gujarat
- Jai Durga, Deogarh, Jharkhand
- Danteshwari, Chattisgarh
- Nabi Gaya, Biraj, Jaipur
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