Shaktipeethas

Ethereal forms of the Divine Mother

Considered the eternal power, she is the female essence of Lord Shiva. As Adi Parashakthi, she is the 'Divine mother', her cosmic energy flowing through the universe. Shiva and Shakthi exists together as the masculine and feminine of the Supreme. When the world trembled under the Shiv tandav, the Sudarshana Chakra that cut through Sati's corpses scattered her body all over the Indian sub continent. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, in those places where her body parts fell, arose the various Shaktipeethas. Shakthipeetha yatra is not a single journey, but a quest over a life time to visit the many Shakthipeetha shrines where the Goddess manifests in her different ethereal forms. Though the exact number of these temples, whether it is 51 or 108, is still debated, there are 18 Ashtadasa Shakthipeeths as mentioned by Adi Shankara and 4 Adi Shakthipeeths.

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 .

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Goddess Shakti

Temples Covered :-

18 Maha Shaktipeethas 

Kamakshi Amman Temple Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Chamundeshwari Temple , Mysore (Karnataka)  
Sri Jogulamba Devi Temple, Alampur (Telangana)  
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Srisailam , Bhramaramba devi, Srisailam, (Andhra Pradesh)
Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur (Maharashtra)
Shri Renuka Devi Temple, Mahur (Nanded District, Maharashtra)
Harsidhimata temple, Mahakali temple (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh)
Padagaya Kshetram, Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple, Puruhutika devi Temple, Pithapuram (Andhra Pradesh)
Biraja Temple, Girija Kshetra, Jajpur (Odisha)
Sri Bhimeshwara temple draksharamam, Manikyamba Shaktipeeth, Draksharamam (Andhra Pradesh)  
Kamakhya Devi Temple , Guwahati (Assam)
Alopi devi temple, Prayaga Madhaveswari temple, Prayaga (Uttar Pradesh)  
Maa Jwala Devi Mandir, Maa Jwala Ji, Kangra, Jwalamukhi (Himachal Pradesh)  
Mangla Gauri Temple , Gaya (Bihar)
Sri Kasi Vishalakshi Devi Temple, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

Sharada Peeth, Kashmir  .. Temple is in ruins and is in POK.
Shankari Devi Shakthi Peeth , Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)   ... currently the temple is in ruins
Shrinkhala Devi Temple, Pandua (West Bengal)  ...currently the temple is in ruins

List of 4 Adi Shaktipeethas

Jagannath Temple Puri, Odisha
Maa Tara Tarini temple , Odisha   
Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam 
Kalighat Kali Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal

Purpose

The Ashta Dasa Shaktipeetha stotram specifies that by worshipping the Goddess at various Shaktipeetha shrines,  all the enemies will be vanquished, the diseases cured, and much prosperity will be attained.

Who can go?

Any one with pious mind and good faith can visit Shakthipeethas. To some of the shrines in the higher altitudes, the journey can be tedious and should be avoided by those with serious ailments.

Yatra Preparations

Devotees should prepare for the journey based on the area they are visiting. Some of the shorter yatras does not need much preparation, while some others that include trekking through Himalayan terrain would require medical checkup and improving physical fitness before the trip.

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Area Covered

Across Indian Subcontinent.

Auspicious Days

Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious in most Devi temples.

Best time to Travel

Most of the temples of Shakthipeetha can be visited around the year though most of the Yatra packages concentrate on the months of Aug-Nov, to beat the extreme summer and winter.

Duration

Duration of the journey depends on the number of Shakthipeethas and the area covered. The Sadeteen Shakthipeetha yatra in Maharashtra(from Mumbai) can be covered in 4 to 5 days, while the Nav Shakthipeetha yatra through Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa (from Delhi) is around 20 days. The Shakthipeethas of West Bengal (from Kolkotta) can  be covered in 4 days. Many tour operators cater Shakhipeetha shrine visit to the specification of the devotees.

Travel Method

Most of the Shakthipeethas in India can be reached by a combination of air/rail/road. Some like the Vaishno Devi  temple will require trekking. Some others, atop hills, will also have steps to climb. Palanquins or dolis are available for those who cannot climb in most of the temples.

Crowd Expected

Shakthpeethas are crowded during Navratri festival and on Tuesday and Friday which are important days in Devi temples.

Festivals

Navratri mahotsav is celebrated with pomp and fervour in the Shakthipeetha temples.
Devi deities are considered more powerful on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Must Haves

The journey should be planned according to the area visiting. Most of the travel around India, would need only light cotton clothing and conservative attire for temple visit. However, if the tour covers the regions of higher altitude, make sure to carry appropriate woollens.
Dehydration salt packets, light snacks, bottled water, first aid etc should be carried in the daypack.

Health Awarness

Some of the Shakthipeethas are in rural areas with not many medical facilities, so be sure to carry any special medications that you might need.

Additional Info

Shakthipeetha yatra is not done as single journey, but a pilgrimage seeking Devi's blessings done during one's life span. The yatra can be done in conjunction with other pilgrimage trips to the area.

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