18 Shakti Peethas / Asta Dasa Shakti Peethas

18 Shakti Peethas / Asta Dasa Shakti PeethasThe Puranas and other Hindu scriptures describe that Mother Goddess Shakti was consecrated in Asta Dasha Shakti Peethas (18 prominent temples). The origin or the story of Asta Dasha Shakti Peetha temples goes like this.. Once, King Daksha Prajapathi wanted to perform a Yagna. Except Lord Shiva he invited all the Gods and Sages. Despite her fathers recklessness towards her husband, Goddess Dakshayani went to the Yagna and got insulted. With anger and shame, she jumped into the Yagnagunda (the sacred spot of Yagna) and sacrificed her life with knowing this Lord Shiva became very ferocious and carried Dakshayanis dead body on his arms. He performed ‘Ugrathandava or ‘Rudrathandava (a dance form of Lord Shiva when he is angry). Lord Shivas rudrathandava created a bit of deluge in all lokas.

To solve this great problem, Lord Vishnu slashed Goddess Dakshayanis dead body partswqith his Sudrashana Chakra (the sacred discus). And the parts were fallen all over the places. The places where her body pars were fallen are worshipped as Astadasha Shakti Peethas (18 prominent temples of Mother Goddess – Shakti).

According to some Hindu Mythology books, the total number of Shakti Peethams is 108. And some more sacred texts describe that there are 51 prominet Goddess Shakti temples. But most people believe that the 18 Shakti temples are most auspicious Shakti Peethams, which are also referred as Astadasha Shakti Peethas.

This list of Ashtadasa Shakti peethas is collected from a Shloka written by Adi Shankaracharya.

Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure
Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane

Alampure Jogulamba, Sri shaile Bhramarambika
Kolha pure Maha lakshmi, Mahurye Ekaveerika

Ujjainyam Maha kali, Peethikayam Puruhutika
Odhyane Girija devi, Manikya Daksha vatike

Hari kshetre Kama rupi, Prayage Madhaveshwari
Jwalayam Vishnavi devi, Gaya Mangalya gourika

Varanasyam Vishalakshi, Kashmire tu Saraswati
Ashtadasha Shakti peethani, Yoginamapi durlabham

Sayamkale pathennityam, Sarva shatri vinashanam
Sarva roga haram divyam, Sarva sampatkaram shubham
 

Place Appellation Part of the body fallen Shakti
Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) Sankari Peetham Heart Sankari Devi
Kanchi (Tamil Nadu) Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Eyes Kamakshi Devi
Pandua (West Bengal) Pradyumna Peetham Stomach Srigala Devi
Mysore (Karnataka) Krounja Peetham Hair Chamundeshwari Devi
Alampur, Mahbubnagar (Telangana) Yogini Peetham Upper teeth Jogulamba Devi (Yogamba Devi)
Srisailam, (Andhra Pradesh) Srisaila Peetham Neck part Bhramaramba Devi
Kolhapur (Maharashtra) Shri Peetham Left hand Mahalakshmi Devi
Mahur (Nanded District, Maharashtra) Renuka Peetham Back part Renuka Devi
Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) Ujjaini Peetham Tongue Mahakali Devi
Pithapuram (Andhra Pradesh) Pushkarini Peetham PEETA Puruhutika Devi
Jajpur (Odisha) Oddyana Peetham Naval(Navi) Biraja Devi
Draksharamam (Andhra Pradesh) Draksharama Peetham Navel Manikyamba Devi
Guwahati (Assam) Kamarupa Peetham Vulva Kamarupa Devi
Prayaga (Uttar Pradesh) Prayaga Peetham Fingers Madhaveswari Devi
Kangra, Jwalamukhi (Himachal Pradesh) Jwalamukhi Peetham Head Part Vaishnavi Devi
Gaya (Bihar) Gaya Peetham Breast part Sarvamangala Devi
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) Varanasi Peetham Throat Vishalakshi Devi
Kashmir Saraswati Peetham Lips Saraswati Devi
Sacred Places are:

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  • Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

    The Temple of Kasi Vishwanath is perhaps the most popular temple in the country and is renowned the world over. The temple is in the holy town of Benares or Varanasi on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. The temple forms part of the twelve "Jyothirlinga" Shrine framework of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Siva Linga here is said to be the first "Jyothirlinga".

  • Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Draksharamam,East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Draksharamam,East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

    Draksharamam is an ancient temple and is known as Dakshina Kasi or Benares of the south. The temple is one of the five "Pancharama" Kstetras and also known as Trilinga Desa from its combination with Srisailam and Srikalahasti. This one of those rare shrines where equal importance is given to both the Lord and the Goddess.

  • Sri Jogulamba Devi Temple, Alampur Sri Jogulamba Devi Temple, Alampur

    The word "Jogulamba" is derived from "Joginula Amma" (Mother of Joginis). Jogini (also called as Yogini) means a female person, who has given up all the earthly attachments. Jogini also has another meaning which implies a dancer (female) whose life is dedicated to God. Hence, the goddess is also known as Yogulamba or Yogamba.According to Hindu mythology, "Oordhva Danta Pankthi" (upper jaw with tooth) of Devi fell here and the place formed as a Sakthi Peetham.

  • Maa Biraja Devi Temple, Jajpur, Odisha Maa Biraja Devi Temple, Jajpur, Odisha

    The Birja Devi Temple, Jajpur was consecrated as Dakshayanis navel part fallen here. The presiding deity of Jajpur Asta dasha shakti peetha is Goddess Girija Devi. Goddess Girija Devi is also worshiped with various names such as Goddess Birija Devi, Goddess Virija. The temple of Sri Girija Devi is a very small construction when we compare it to Puri Jagannath Temple or Lingraja Temple of bhubaneshwar. Nobody knows the exact time of the Girija Devi temples construction. But it was renovated in the 13th Century. Jajpur is also called as Baithangi Theertha or Birija Kshetram or Oddyana Peetha (an Oddiyana is an ornament worn by a woman around her navel).

  • Sri Kukkuteswara  Swamy Temple, Pitapuram, East Godavari Dist., Andhra Pradesh Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple, Pitapuram, East Godavari Dist., Andhra Pradesh

    Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is one of the famous temple in India. It is also one of the astadasa Shakti Peeta and also an ancient Shiva kshethra from Krutha Yuga.

  • AstavaDasha Shakti peetham Shankari Devi,Sri Lanka AstavaDasha Shakti peetham Shankari Devi,Sri Lanka

    Shankari Devi sanctuary in Tricomalee, Srilanka is a noticeable sanctuary for Hindus. However, it is most once in a while went by and it is minimum prominent in all AstavaDasha Shakti peethas.Shankari Devi Temple is arranged in an east drift town of Srilanka, Tricomalee

  • Sri Chamundeshwari Temple,Mysore Sri Chamundeshwari Temple,Mysore

    The Chamundeshwari Temple is a Hindu sanctuary situated on the highest point of Chamundi Hills around 13 km from the castle city of Mysore in the territory of Karnataka in India. The sanctuary was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the furious type of Shakti, a tutelary god held in love for quite a long time by Mysore Maharajas

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