Alopi Devi Temple, Prayaga Madhaveswari temple
Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad
Among the 18 Ashtadasa Shakthipeethas, which celebrates the divinity of Goddess Shakti, the Alopi devi mandir in the holy city of Allahabad is the most sacred. It is here, the devotees believe, that the last part of the Sati devi's body fell and she disappeared from the earthly realms. People throng in huge numbers to worship a wooden 'doli' that depicts the Goddess. The temple is believed to have built by the local devotees.
Mythology believes the Mangala Gauri temple as one of the Shaktipeethas. When Lord Shiva's wrath at the death of his wife Sati manifested as the Tandava which would destroy the Universe, Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan chakra cut her corpse into pieces which scattered around the subcontinent. It is here, at Allahabad that the fingers of the Devi is believed to have fallen. It is considered the spot where the last part of the Goddess fell and she disappea...View more
ed. Hence the name of the deity, Alopi. There is also local legend that a newly wed bride disappeared when her wedding procession was attacked by robbers. The locals worship her as Alopi devi.This Temple is part of Shaktipeethas and Maha Kumbh Mela.
The shrine is a simple but aesthetically built structure. The conical roof is similar with the temple architecture of the region. The uniqueness of the temple lies in the fact that there is no deity inside the sanctum here. A wooden doli placed on a marble stand is worshipped by the devotees. Flowers and garlands adorn the area.
Timings : Alopi devi temple timings: 4.00 AM - 10.00 PM .
Many locals consider Alopi devi as their guardian deity
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
Allahabad is the second oldest city in India and plays an important role in the historical as well as spiritual aspect of the country. It is also known for its literary and artistic traditions. Earlier known as Prayag, it is the place of confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Sarswathi. Allahabad is one of the four holy sites of Kumbh mela.
The temple doesn't have any idol of the Devi. Instead a 'doli' is worshipped
Coconut and Chunri
Devotees can touch the doli and give the offerings directly
October - Navrathri