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The Shakti-Peeths are memorials and momentous spiritual pilgrimage places devoted to the Goddess Sati or Shakti, i.e. the chief deity of power in Hinduism. Shaktism, the tradition the Shakta sect follows emphasizes on the Goddess. Most ancient Hindu texts mention these significant goddess worship places in India and the subcontinent. There are 51 Shakti-Peeths, of which 4 are Adi-Shakti Peeths, 18 are Maha Shakti-Peeths and the rest are Shakti-Peeths only Though most are located in India, there are 7 in Bangladesh, 2 in Nepal, 3 in Pakistan, 1 in Sri-Lanka and Tibet each. What’s the story behind Shakti-Peeths? How did it come to be?

Well, here’s everything you wanted to know about the Shakti-Peeths most mythological serials and Hindu Puranas talk about.

Story of Shaktipeeth -The beginning of Shakti-Peeths

The Story of Shakti-Peeths begins with Prajapati Daksha -the son of Lord Brahma. He had a daughter Princess Sati -a human incarnation of Goddess Adi-shakti, who grew up admiring and adoring the tales and legends of Lord Shiva. Most legends believe the death of Goddess Sati is how Shakti-Peeths came into existence. Lord Shiva carried the Goddess’s body with him roaming the universe. To bring help him overcome his grief, Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to cut the body into 52 pieces. Where these ornaments or pieces fell on various places on earth to become consecrated sites. These places were known as the Shakti-Peeths, i.e. the seat of the Goddess, where people can pay obeisance to the Goddess. Lord Bhairava, another form of Lord Shiva always goes with Goddess Sati.

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Names and Locations of Shakti Peethas

Though there are 51 Shakti-Peeths that are significant among Hindu pilgrimage places, don’t miss a chance to visit the four Adi Shakti Peeths.

51 Shakti Peethas

Scholars consider Hinduism to be a blend of different cultures and traditions of India, which has no founder. This religion has many different ways of worship, religion, sect, and philosophy. Being the third largest religion in the world based on the number of followers, there are lakhs of pilgrimage and religious places in India. Among them, 51 Shakti Peethas are also included, which is considered holy in Hinduism and spread across Indian Subcontinent.

According to the legends, There are 51 Shakti Peeth of Goddess Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva), and it is considered to gratify Shakti before Shiv. There is no absence of true and authentic facts about how many Shakti Peethas are in the whole of Asia. In this context, all religious texts and ancient Puranas of India hold different views. Nevertheless, considering the Devi Purana as the most authentic, the number of Shakti Peethas is said to be 51.

Mythology of Shakti Peeth

According to the legend, Goddess Durga (Durga) was born as Sati in the house of King Prajapati Daksha and got married to Lord Shiva. Once, saints and sages conducted a yajna. When King Daksha reached there, everyone stood except Mahadev (Lord Shiva). King Daksha got furious seeing this, and he performed a yajna again to avenge the insult. King Daksha invited everyone except Lord Shiva and his daughter Sati. When Mata Sati came to know about the yajna, she insisted Lord Shiva to join the yajna. Despite Shiv Ji's refusal, she went to join the yajna.

At the Yagya site, when Mata Sati asked her father Daksha the reason for not calling Shiva, he said derogatory words to Mahadev. This insult hurt Mata Sati, and she jumped into the sacrificial fire and sacrificed her life. At the same time, when Lord Shiva came to know about this, his third eye opened with anger.

Meanwhile, mourning the death of his beloved soul, Shiva tenderly grabs Sati's body and begins a dance of destruction (Tandava). To save the universe and bring back the sanctity of Shiva, Lord Vishnu cut the lifeless body of Sati in 51 pieces using Sudarshan Chakra. These pieces fell to the earth in many places and became known as Shakti Peeth. All these 51 places are considered holy lands and shrines.

List of 51 Shakti Peethas

S.No.Shakti PeethDescription
1Kamakhya / Kamrup-Kamakhya temple / Kamakhya DevalayaGoddess Sati's vagina fell at this place, which is located in Guwahati, Assam
2Avanti / Mahakali DeviMother's upper lips fell on the Bhairav ​​mountain near the banks of river Shipra in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh.
3Lalita / Alopi Mata / Prayag Shakti PeethMother's finger fell on Sangam beach of Allahabad city in Uttar Pradesh. This Shaktipeeth is also known as Lalitha and Prayad Temple.
4Vishalakshi / ManikarnikaMother's earrings fell on the Manikarnika Ghat in Kashi, Uttar Pradesh. Also known as Vishalakshi Gauri Temple
5Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth / ArpanaArpana Shakti Peeth is a place where the left anklet (Ornament) of Goddess Mata Sati fell. Located in Bangladesh Goddess is worshiped as arpana or Arpan.
6Bahula / Bahula Devi MandirBahula Shakti Peeth is situated on the banks of the invincible river, 8 km from Bardhaman district from Bengal where the left hand of Mata Sati fell.
7Bhawani - Chandranath TempleIt is said that the right hand of Mata Mata Sati fell here. It is located at Sitakunda Railway Station in Chittagong district, Bangladesh.
8Trisrota Maa Bhramari Sakti Peeth / BhramariMother's left leg was dropped at Trisrota Maa Bhramari Sakti Peeth in Salbari village of Bengal. We cannot reach Panchgarh by air or rail. The road distance between Dhaka and Panchgarh is 344 km. Hino-chair coach services (private sector) are available from Ghatpoli, Shemoli and Mirpur road bus terminals in Dhaka to Panchagarh city.
9Jansthan / BhramariMother's chin fell on Nashik Nagar in Maharashtra. The nearest railway station and airport is located at Nashik.
10Prabhas - ChandrabhagaMother's abdomen fell in the Prabhas area of ​​Somnath temple located in Junagadh district of Gujarat. In terms of airways, both international and national airports are located near Junagadh. Trains from every part of the country come to this city.
11Maa Chintpurni Temple / ChhinmastikaLocated in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, Feet of Goddes has fell here.
12Mansa / DakshayaniThis Shakti Peeth of Mata is established near Mansarovar located in Tibet. At this place, the right hand of Mata Mata Sati fell. A limited number of Indian pilgrims are allowed to visit Kailash Mansarovar every year.
13Gandaki chandi - Muktinath TempleMuktinath Shaktipeeth is located in Nepal at the place called Pokhara on the banks of Gandaki river where the forehead or shrine of Mother was dropped.
14Manidevika - GayatriManibandh, also known as Manivedika Shakti Peeth and Gayatri Temple, is located 11 km north-west of Ajmer near Gayatri Pahar near Pushkar, Rajasthan where Mata's wrist fell. The nearest airport from Pushkar is in Jaipur.
15Indrakshi / Nagapooshani / BhuvaneswariMata's anklet fell in Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.
16Yashore / Yashoreswari / JassoreshwariMother's palm fell at Yashore in Ishwaripur in Khulna district of Bangladesh. The nearest airport is located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and the airport has provision for both national and international flights. There is no rail route between the two countries, so there are some buses that go from major cities of India to this holy site.
17Baidyanath / Vaidyanath / JayadurgaMother's heart fell on Baidyanath Dham located in Jharkhand. Here the form of mother is known as Jai Mata and Bhairava as Vaidyanath or Baidaynath.
18Brajeshwari Devi Temple / Karnat / JayadurgaBrajeshwari Devi Temple is located in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, where both the ears of Mata Sati fell. Here the goddess is worshiped as Jayadurga or Jayadurga and Lord Shiva as Abhiru.
19Jayanti - Nartiang Durga TempleNartiang Shakti Peeth is located on the Jaintia hill of Meghalaya where the left thigh of Goddess Mata Sati fell. Here Goddess Mata Sati is worshiped as Jayanti and Lord Shiva as Kramashishwara.
20Yugandya Temple / KshirgramThe thumb of the right leg of the mother was dropped on the Bardhaman district of West Bengal. It is also known as Kshirgram Shakti Peeth.
21Kalmadhav / Devi KaliMother's left buttock fell near the river Shon in Kalamadhav Temple in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh.
22Kalighat Kali Temple / KalikaMother's right toe fell in Kalighat, located in Kolkata city of West Bengal. The nearest bus stand is Nalhati bus stand and The nearest railway station is Nalhati Junction. The nearest airport is at Dumdum, Kolkata.
23Kankaleshwari / Devgrabha / KankalitalaKankalitala, 10 km northeast of Bolpur station in Birbhum district, West Bengal, on the banks of the Koppai river, the goddess is locally known as Kankaleshwari, where the mother's pelvis fell.
24Vibhash / KapaliniMother's left ankle fell at East Medinipur district in West Bengal. It is about 90 kilometers from Kolkata, and is situated on the banks of the Rupnarayan River close to the Bay of Bengal.
25Hinglaj - KottariHingla or Hinglaj Shakti Peeth is located in Baluchistan, Pakistan. Mata Sati's head fell here.
26Ratnavali - KumariMother's right shoulder fell on the Khanakul-Krishnanagar road in Hooghly district of Bengal. Rail road transport is the most common mode of transport in this part of the country. It is also known as Anandamayee Shakti Peeth
27Shri Shail - MahalaxmiMother's neck was dropped at a place called Shail near Sylhet district of Bangladesh. The national airport is in Dhaka, which is 20 km from the city.
28Amarnath - MahamayaMother's neck fell near Pahalgam district in Kashmir. This Shaktipeeth is known as Mahamaya.
29Mahashira Shakti Peeth / KapaliMother both knees fell on this Shakti Peeth located in Pashupatinath Nath, Nepal. It is popularly known as Guhyeshwari Temple
30Mahishmardini Shaktipeeth Shri Bakreshwar Temple, BirbhumThe temple lies on the banks of the Paaphra River in the district of Birbhum, Bangladesh. It is said to be that Sati's portion between the eyebrows fell here.
31Shivaharkaray / Mahishamardini Shivaharkaray (Karavipur)Located at Karachi near near Sukkur Station, Pakistan, eyes of the Goddess fell here.
32Ujani Shaktipeeth Shri Mangal Chandi TempleMother's right wrist fell at a place called Ujani in Bardhaman district in Bengal.
33Nandikeshwari Temple, Sainthia / Nandipur Shakti Peeth / NandiniMata's necklace was lost in Birbhum district of West Bengal. Birbhum has a number of direct buses starting from various places. This Shakti Peeth is only 10 minutes away from the local railway station.
34Shuchi / NarayaniOn the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram route in Tamil Nadu, there is the Shuchi Theertham Shiva temple, where the upper dental of the mother fell. From Kanyakumari, local transportation is required to reach the Suchindram temple. The nearest airport is Trivandrum.
35​​Attahas / Phullara / FullaraMata's lower labia fell at the Attahas location of West Bengal.
36Rakini / Godavari Tir / SarvashailMother's left Hand (cheek) fell on Kotilingeshwara on the banks of Godavari river in Rajahmundry region of Andhra Pradesh.
37Kanyashram - SarvaniMother's back fell in Kanyashram. This Shaktipeeth is known as Sarvani. Kanyashram is also known as Kalikasram or Kanyakumari Shakti Peeth.
38Savitri / Bhadrakali Shaktipeeth Shri Devikoop Temple, KurukshetraMother's ankle fell in Kurukshetra district of Haryana.
39Ramgiri - ShivaniMother's right breast fell at Ramgiri place near Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh.
40Shriparvat - ShrisundariMother's right foot fell on the mountain in Ladakh region of Kashmir. July to September is considered the best time to go by road. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi which is 700 km from Ladakh. The nearest airport is at Leh.
Another Belief: It is located in Kurnool Andhra Pradesh.
41Jwala ji / Siddhida (Ambika)Mata Mata Sati's tongue fell in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This Shaktipeeth is called Jwalaji Sthan. It is located 30 km south of Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, 60 km from Dharamshala.
42Sugandha Shaktipeeth / SunandaSugandha Shaktipeeth is a temple dedicated to Goddess Sunanda. It is located in Shikharpur village of Bulisal, 10 km north of Bangladesh. It is said that Maa Sati's nose fell here.
43Tripura Sundari temple / Tripureshwari TempleMother's right foot was dropped at Radhakishorepur village near Udaipur in Tripura.
44Tripurmalini / Shri Devi Talab MandirDevi Talab is near Jalandhar Cantonment in Punjab where the left breast of the mother was dropped. It is about 1 kilometer from the nearest railway station and is located in the city center.
45Katyayani Shakti Peeth Shakti PeethThe ringlets of mother's hair fell in Vrindavan tehsil of Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.
46Mithila Shakti PeethLocated near Janakpur Station Darbhanga on the border of Bihar, India- Nepal. Left shoulder of the goddess here
47Panchsagar - VarahiPanchasagar Shakti Peeth, where the lower teeth (Jaw) of Mother Mother Sati fell. It is located near Haridwar in Uttrakhand.
48Vimala / Kiriteswari TempleMother's crown fell near Kireetkona village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
49Paropit / BirajongLocated in Paro town of Bhutan, Mother's Bamonbonsham fell here.
50Shri Ambika Shaktipeeth / ViratLocated in Virat, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, It is said to be that leet feel fingers fell here.
51Maa Narmada Temple / Shona Shaktipeeth

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