India is a land of Gods and Goddesses; we are not far from that fact. Every religion and culture in India has a special spiritual deity which holds some kind of a history with that region or culture. Based these Gods and Goddesses we celebrate different festivals to show our love and respect toward that God or Goddess. Shakti Piths or Shakti Peethas are a vital holy shrine which are spread all over the Indian subcontinent and holds an interesting history behind its formation.
Since we cannot narrate the whole story in details, we will just put forward the outer sketch of the story. Mythology reveals that there was a bitter relationship between Shiva and Daksha, however that did not stop Sati and Shiva from falling for each other and getting married. After the marriage, Daksha performed a Yajna where he purpose did not invite his daughter Sati and Shiva, however, had invited other deities in that event. Sati was adamant to attend the event where she was insulted by her father. Daksha also insulted Shiva which Sati was unable to bear and thus decided to kill herself. Shiva was inflicted with immense pain when he learned that Sati was no more alive. Under the influence of the grief and rage, he started doing Tandava, which is a dance of world destruction. Seeing this madness, the other deities requested Lord Vishnu to take some step who then used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut through Sati’s body into pieces. These pieces are said to have fallen in different parts of India and the subcontinents, thereby giving rise to Shakti Peeths in those regions.
Shakti Peethas in INDIA
The Shakti Peethas are spread all over India and Indian sub continent. However, here we will focus on the ones which are present within the national boundaries. So here is the list of Shakti Peeths in India.
- Jagannath Temple located in Puri (Odisha) where Pada body part had fallen.
- Kalighat Kali Temple located in Kolkata (West Bengal), where Mukha khanda was fallen.
- Kamakhya located in Guwahati (Assam) where breast khanda had fallen.
- Tara Tarini located in Berhampur (Odisha), where Yoni khanda had fallen.
- Amarnath temple in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), where the throat had fallen.
- Shri Parvat in Ladakh, where the anklet had fallen.
- Danteshwari Temple located in Chattisgarh, where a tooth or daant had fallen.
- Jwaladevi Temple in Shaktinagar (Uttar Pradesh), where the tongue had dropped.
- Ambaji town in Gujarat, where the heart had fallen.
- Biraja Temple in Jajpur (Odisha), where the navel had fallen.
- Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand, where yet another piece of heart had fallen.
- Jalandhar town in Punjab, where a portion of the left breast had fallen.
- Vrindavan within Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple, Uttar Pradesh where ringlets of hair had fallen.
- Nina Devi temple in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, where the eyes had fallen.
- Goddess Bhadrakaali located on the banks of Godavari in Nasik city (Maharashtra), where the chin had fallen in two parts.
- Chhinnamastika Shaktipeeth at Chintpurni (Himachal Pradesh), where a portion of the feet had fallen.
- Bhairavparvat, at Bhairav hills (Madhya Pradesh), where the elbow fell.
- Bahula town located in Burdwan district (West Bengal), where the left arm had fallen.
- Attahas or Ashtahas in Birbhum district (West Bengal), where the lips fell.
- Bakreshwar town in Birbhum district (West Bengal), where the portion between the eyebrows had fallen.
- Nartiang Durga Temple located in Meghalaya, where the left thigh had fallen.
- Jwalaji temple in Himachal Pradesh, where a portion of the tongue had fallen.
- Kalipeeth in Kolkata (West Bengal), where the right toes had fallen.
- Kalmadhav Shakti Pith in Madhya Pradesh, where the left buttock had fallen.
- Kamgiri in Kamakhya (Assam), where the genitals had fallen.
- Kankalitala temple in West Bengal is the place where the pelvis fell.
- Kanyashram of Balaambika in Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) is the place where the back portion had fallen.
- Anandamayee Temple in West Bengal is the Peeth where right shoulder had fallen.
- Ma Malai Chandi Temple at Amta, Howrah (West Bengal), where the left part of the knee had fallen.
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