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18 Shakthi Peethams

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There was a great king called Daksha Prajapati who was the son of Lord Brahma. He had 27 daughters and Sati Devi is one among them. Sati Devi got married to Lord Shiva. When Dashka entered the arena of a yaga performed by Agni, everyone except Lord Shiva stood up as a mark of respect. Daksha felt insulted by Lord Shiva's behaviour. Later when Daksha conducted a yaga himself , he did not invite his daughter and his son in law.Though Sati felt bad because of the non-invitation, she wanted to attend the yaga against the wish of Lord Shiva.When Sati, attended the yaga nobody has cared for her and she felt insulted by the actions of her sisters and parents. Then when her father started abusing her husband she could not control her feelings and sacrificed herself at the place of yagna by creating agni from earth with her right thumb of her foot.Knowing this Lord Shiva removed one bunch of Jhatha from his head and hit it on the earth. From that Lord, Veerabhadra has born and rushed to yaga spot and killed Daksha by cutting his head. Later Shiva went to the spot and taken the body of sati from the fire and started dancing with it. The world was terrorised from this Tandava Nritya and to stop this Nritya, Vishnu used his Sudarshan chakra and completely cut the Sati's body into pieces. These body parts have fallen at various places in India and Srilanka. Where ever these parts ave fallen the places are called Shaktipeethas. There are 18 such places and they are called Ashta 8 Dasa 10 Shaktipeethas
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Shankari Devi Shakti Pitha Sri Lanka

It is believed that Satee's Groin fell here. The temple of Shankari Devi was exactly on the peak of a hill that was ruined by foreign invaders.

Praddyumnam Shrinkala Devi Temple Pandua West Bengal

Shrinkala Devi temple is located in Pandua Hooghly district, West Bengal. Pandua is 66 km from Howrah railway station.

Saraswathi Devi Sakthipeeth Kashmir

Saraswathi was the famous temple of goddess Sharada  in Kashmir - also called Kashyappur named after Rishi Kashyap - on the banks of Neelum Kishenganga river .

Puruhutika Devi Sakthipeeth Pithapuram

Pithapuram is formerly called as Pithikapuram / Pushkara kshetra in Puranas and Tantras. The temple of Puruhutika Devi is located within the temple campus of Kukkuteswara Swamy.

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple located on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati city in Assam, is one of the most important Shakti shrines in India

Ekaveerika Sakthipeeth Maharashtra

Ekaveerika Devi temple is in Mahur , Maharashtra. The deity here is called Ekaveerika mata. The temple is in Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. It is 50 km from Kinwat and 126 km from Nanded.

Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India.

Sri Kasi Vishalakshi Devi Temple Varanasi

Sri Vishalakshi Temple is one among the 18 famous Shakthi Peeta's. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi in the divine form of Vishalakshi Devi. Her consort is Lord Kashi Viswanath.

Bhramaramba Devi Sakthipeeth Srisailam

Srisailam is located on the banks of River Krishna. Here River Krishna is in the form of Patalaganga. Lakhs of devotees take a holy dip here and then go for the Darshan of the JyotirLinga.

Mahakali Devi Sakthipeeth Ujjain

Maha Kali temple from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is famous for one another ferocious deity of Shakti.

Girija Devi Sakthipeeth Jajpur Orissa

The 11th Shakti Peetha, Jajpur was consecrated as Dakshayanis navel part fallen here. The presiding deity of Jaipur Asta dasha shakti peetha is Goddess Girija Devi.

Madhaveswari Devi Sakthipeeth Prayaga

Prayaga Madhaveswari is one of the 18 Shaktippethas.

Kanchi Kamakshi Devi Shakti Pitha Kanchipuram

Kamakshi Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess.

Mahalakshmi Devi Mandir Kolhapur

Kolhapur is located in Kolhapur district and is well connected with Pune, 240 km north. It is on the national highway between Bangalore and Pune.

Manikyamba Devi Sakthipeeth Draksharamam

Manikyamba Devi is the wife of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy temple is one of the Pancharama kshetras and is considered as one of the Trilinga kshetras.

Jwala Devi Sakthipeeth Kangra Himachal Pradesh

Dedicated to Goddess Jwala Devi epitome of Shakti or Immense Power. Located at a distance of 34 kilometres to the south of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

Sarvamangala Devi Sakthipeeth Gaya

The Mangalagauri temple in Gaya has been mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana and in other scriptures and tantric works. The present temple dates back to 1459 AD.

Jogulamba Devi Sakthipeeth Alampur Telangana

Jogulamba Devi temple at Alampur, one of the 18 Sakti peethams in Indian sub-continent, including Shankari Devi temple in Sri Lanka, has been reconstructed after 615 years.

Eternal Flame - Jwala Ji Temple Kangra

Throughout the year, people visit the Jwala Ji Temple of Kangra to seek blessings from the Goddess.