Shakti Peethas

 

 

In Satya Yuga, Daksha performed a Yajña with a desire of taking revenge on Shiva. Daksha was angry because his daughter Sati had married Shiva against his wishes. Daksha invited all the deities to the Yajña except for Shiva and Sati. The fact that she was not invited did not deter Sati from attending the Yajña. But Sati, being an uninvited guest, was not given any respect. Furthermore, Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati was unable to bear her father’s insults toward her husband, so she committed suicide by jumping into the pyre. When Shiva heard about her death he became furious. He went to the place where Daksha was performing his Yajña and destroyed the area. Daksha was killed by Shiva’s ganas.

Shiva then carried Sati’s body all over the world in a state of wild grief. At the request of all other gods, Vishnu severed Sati’s body into 52 pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra, so that Lord Shiva could return to his sanity and once again take up his duties.

Various parts of Sati’s body fell at different places which became known as Shakti Peethas. At all Shakti Peethas, the Goddess Shakti is accompanied by Bhairava (a manifestation of Shiva).

 

 

 

Shakti

Bhairava

Place

Organ or Ornament

1

Kamakshi

Kala Bhairav

KanchiPuram, Kamatchi temple, Kamakoti Peetham mentioned in Lalita Sahasram, Trishati, Astothram etc.

Ottiyana (Ornament covering stomach)

2

Indrakshi / Nagapooshani

Rakshaseshwar / Naayanar

Sri Lanka, in Nainativu, Jaffna.

Hand

3

Mahishmardini

Krodhish

Naina, a little distance from Sukkur Station - Karachi, Pakistan.

Eyes

4

Sunanda

Trayambak

Sugandha, situated in Shikarpur, Gournadi, about 20 km from Barisal town, Bangladesh, on the banks of Sonda river.

Nose

5

Mahamaya

Trisandhyeshwar

Amarnath in Kashmir, India - from Srinagar through Pahalgam 94 km by Bus, Chandanwari 16 km by walk.

Throat

6

Siddhida (Ambika)

Unmatta Bhairav

Jwalamukhi, Kangra HP,India - from Pathankot alight at Jwalamukhi Road Station from there 20 km.

Tongue

7

Ambaji

 

Ambaji, at Anart, Gujarat, India.

Heart

8

Mahashira

Kapali

Nepal, near Pashupatinath Temple at Gujyeshwari Temple.

Both Knees

9

Dakshayani

Amar

Manas, under Tibet at the feet of Mount Kailash in Lake Mansarovar, a piece of Stone.

Right Hand

10

Girija/Viraja/Biraja

Jagannath

Biraja in Utkal present Orissa, India.

Navel

11

Gandaki Chandi

Chakrapani

Gandaki from Pokhara, Nepal - about 125 km on the banks of Gandaki river where Muktinath temple is situated.

Temple

12

Goddess Bahula

Bhiruk

Bahula, on the banks of Ajay river, at Ketugram 8 km from Katwa, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.

Left Arm

13

Mangal Chandika

Kapilambar

Ujaani, 16 km from Guskara Station under Burdwan district of West Bengal, India.

Right Wrist

14

Tripura Sundari

Tripuresh

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

15

Bhawani

Chandrashekhar

On the Chandranath hill near Sitakunda station of Chittagong District, Bangladesh. The famous Chandranath Temple on the top of the hill is the Bhairav temple of this Shakti Peetha, not the Shakti Peeth itself.

Right Arm

16

Bhraamari

Ambar

Trisrota, at Salbari village under Boda division of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal, India.

Left Leg

17

Kamakhya

Umanand

Kamgiri, Kamakhya, at the Neelachal hills near Guwahati, capital of Assam, India.

Genital Organ

18

Yugaadya

Ksheer Khandak

Yugaadya at Khirgram under Burdwan district, West Bengal, India.

Great Toe (Right)

19

Kalika

Nakuleesh

Kalipeeth, (Kalighat, Kolkata), India.

Right Toes

20

Lalita

Bhava

Prayag near Sangam at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Finger (Hand)

21

Jayanti

Kramadishwar

Jayanti at Kalajore Baurbhag village of Falzur Pargana under Jayantia Thana of Sylhet district, Bangladesh. This Shakti Peetha is locally known as Falizur Kalibari.

Left Thigh

22

Vimla

Sanwart

Kireet at Kireetkona village, 3 km from Lalbag Court Road station under district Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.

Crown

23

Vishalakshi & Manikarni

Kalbhairav

Varanasi at Manikarnika Ghat on banks of Ganga at Kashi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Earring

24

Sarvani

Nimish

Kanyashram, Kanyakumari the Bhadrakali temple within the precincts of Kumari temple, Tamil Nadu, India (also thought to be situated in Chittagong, Bangladesh).

Back

25 Savitri Sthanu Present day Kurukshetra town or Thanesar ancient Sthaneshwar, at Haryana, India. Ankle Bone
26 Gayatri Sarvanand Manibandh, at Gayatri hills near Pushkar 11 km towards north-west from Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. Two Bracelets
27 Mahalaxmi Sambaranand Shri Shail, at Jainpur village, near Gotatikar, towards north-east 3 km from Sylhet town, Bangladesh. Neck

28

Devgarbha

Ruru

Kankalitala, on the banks of Kopai river 10 km towards north-east from Bolpur station of district Birbhum, Devi locally known as Kankaleshwari West Bengal, India.

Bone

29 Kali Asitang Kalmadhav on the banks of Shon river in a cave over hills near to Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India. Buttock (Left)
30 Narmada Bhadrasen Shondesh, at the source point of Narmada river in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India. Buttock (Right)
31 Shivani Chanda Ramgiri, at Chitrakuta on the Jhansi Manikpur Railway line in Uttar Pradesh, India. Right Breast
32 Uma Bhutesh Vrindavan, near new bus stand on Bhuteshwar road within Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Ringlets of Hair
33 Narayani Sanhar Shuchi, in a Shiva temple at Shuchitirtham 11 km on Kanyakumari Trivandrum road, Tamil Nadu, India. Teeth (Upper Jaw)
34 Varahi Maharudra Panchsagar place not known (thought to be near Haridwar). Teeth (Lower Jaw)
35 Arpana Vaman Karatoyatat, at Bhabanipur village 28 km distance from interior Sherpur. Alight at Bogra station under district Bogra, Bangladesh. Left Anklet (Ornament)
36 Shrisundari Sundaranand Shri Parvat, near Ladak, Kashmir, India. Another belief: at Srisailam in Shriparvat hills under Karnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Right Anklet (Ornament)
37 Kapalini (Bhimarupa) Sarvanand Vibhash, at Tamluk under district Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India. Left Ankle
38 Chandrabhaga Vakratund Prabhas, 4 km distance from Veraval station near Somnath temple in Junagadh district of Gujarat, India. Stomach
39 Avanti Lambkarna Bhairavparvat, at Bhairav hills on the banks of Shipra river a little distance from Ujjain town, Madhya Pradesh, India. Upper Lips
40 Bhramari Vikritaksh Jansthan, at Godavari river valley near Nasik, Maharasthra, India. Chin (Two Parts)
41 Rakini or Vishweshwari Vatsnabh or Dandpani Sarvashail or Godavaritir, at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of Godavari river near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. Cheeks
42 Ambika Amriteshwar Birat, near Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. Left Feet Fingers
43 Kumari Shiva Ratnavali, on the banks of Ratnakar river at Khanakul-Krishnanagar, district Hooghly, West Bengal, India. Right Shoulder
44 Uma Mahodar Mithila, near Janakpur Railway station on the boarder of India-Nepal. Left Shoulder
45 Kalika Devi Yogesh Nalhati,known as "Nalateshwari Temple" near Nalhati station of Birbhum district by rickshaw, West Bengal, India. Tubular Bones of the Feet
46 Jayadurga Abhiru Karnat place not known. Both Ears
47 Mahishmardini Vakranath Bakreshwar, 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
48 Jashoreshwari Chanda Jessoreswari, situated at Ishwaripur, Shyamnagar, district Satkhira, Bangladesh. The temple complex was built by Raja Pratapaditya, whose capital was Ishwaripur. Palms of Hands & Feet
49 Phullara Vishvesh Attahas village of Dakshindihi in the district of Bardhaman, near the Katwa Rail Station, in West Bengal, India. Lips
50 Nandini Nandikeshwar 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, Birbhum district, West Bengal, India. Necklace
51 Kottari Bhimlochan Hinglaj (Or Hingula), southern Baluchistan a few hours North-east of Gawadar and about 125 km towards North-west from Karachi, Pakistan. Bramharandhra (Part of the head)
52 Danteshwari Kapalbhairv Danteshwari ( Kuldevi Of Baster State ), Dantewada Baster 80 km from Jagdalpur Chhattisgarh. Daant (Teeth)

 

 

 

 


 

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