Sade Teen or 3.5 Shakthipeeth Yatra

The Shakthipeeths of Maharashtra

She is the eternal consciousness, the feminine energy that balances the Universe. She, the divine mother, manifests in  different ethereal forms to bless her devotess. As Saraswathi she is the Goddess of learning. As Lakshmi, the bestower of prosperity and as Kali she is associated with empowerment. The four shrines in Maharashtra where the Goddess radiates her holiness form the revered group of Sade teen Shakthipeethas. She resides in the form of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, Mahasaraswati at Tuljapur, Mahakali at Mahur and the combined manifestation of all three at Saptashrungi. The trip to these four shrines is the holy 3.5 or Sade teen Shakthipeeth yatra undertaken to worship the divinity of Goddess.

Legend

Daksha, unhappy with his daughter Sati's marriage to Lord Shiva, refused to invite Shiva to the yagna he was performing. Relenting to Sati who wanted to visit her father, Shiva allowed his wife to go the yagna.  There, Daksha insulted Shiva. Unable to bear her father's disrespect towards her husband, Sati immolated herself. Shiva, in his wrathful form of Veerabhadra, destroyed the yagna and killed Daksha.The ire and grief of Shiva, manifested as the celestial dance of destruction, the Tandav. Lord Vishu, with the aim of stopping the Tandav, used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut through the Sati's corpse. The parts of her body fell at varied spots all through the Indian subcontinent and these sites came to be called Shakti Peethas. Devi Bhagvata Puranam describes the most favoured places of Goddess as the four holy sites of Kolhapur, Tuljapur, Mahur along with Vani in Maharashtra which were clustered and called as the Sade teen Shakhipeethas.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Goddess Shakti

Temples Covered :-
Sholapur Tulja Bhavani Temple
Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Kohlapur Mahalakhsmi Temple
Renuka Mata Temple

Purpose

It is believed that by worshipping the Goddess at these Shaktipeetha shrines, all the enemies will be vanquished, the diseases cured, and much prosperity will be attained.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious faith can undertake the Yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The Yatra is not very strenuous and doesn't need much preparation. It is advisable to select a yatra package and book rooms in advance.

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Area Covered

Maharashtra
Languages Spoken:- Marathi

Auspicious Days

Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious in most Devi temples.
Navratri is an important festival in these temples.

Best time to Travel

All these temples of Sade teen Shakthipeetha can be visited around the year though it is best to avoid the hot summers.

Duration

4-5 days from Mumbai/Pune.

Travel Method

All the temples are well connected by road to Mumbai and Pune.
Some temples have a fair amount of steps to climb to reach the sanctum.
Dolis are available for those who cannot climb.

Crowd Expected

As the temples are opened throughout the year, there is not much crowd on regular days. However Tuesdays, Fridays and festival days a large number of devotees throng these temples.

Festivals

Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious in most Devi temples.
Navratri is an important festival in these temples.

Must Haves

Most of the travel around Maharashtra would need only light cotton clothing and conservative attire for temple visit.
Water bottles, light snacks, bottled water, first aid etc should be carried in the daypack.

Health Awarness

All the Sade teen Shaktipeeth temples are in the vicinity of good medical facilities. Still, it is advisable to carry any special medication that you might need along with you.
Those who have cardiac ailments, asthma etc are advised to avail dolis instead of taking the stairs.

Additional Info

There is a 500 step climb to the temple of Saptashrungi Devi.
Dolis are available for those who cannot climb.

Climate

Climate is pleasant throughout the year though summers tend to be hot and humid with temperatures in the high thirties. Monsoons bring rains during the months of June, July and August

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