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Shakti Peethas | Shakti Peeth Temples | Maa Sati Temples

The story or the legend originates from the place where Maa Sati (the first incarnation of Maa Aadi Shakti) burnt herself in the hawan kund during the hawan done by HER father Prajapathi Daksh. This place is known as the Sati Kund Kankhal, Haridwar. There after Mahadev/ Lord Shiva took her abode on HIS shoulders and started wandering in the himalayas. It was then that Lord Vishnu cut Maa Sati's Abode into 51 parts with His Sudarshan Chakra to relieve Lord Shiva from the immence grief and all the places where Maa Sati's Ang/ parts had fallen, were discovered by Mahadev and established (sthapit) as Shakti Peethas in the world. Read the complete legend of Maa Sati/ Shakti Peethas.

Maa Sati Temple, Kankhal, Haridwar

About the Shakti Peetas, it is said as per the anciant books that there are 51 Shakti Peethas in this world, however the based on information from different sources collected we could collect 52 Sati Temples. It could be that out of the 52 mentioned below, one of them is not an exact Sati Sthaan, but it definitely is worth visiting and worshipping. We do not know for sure which one of the 52 below is not an actual Sati Sthan, however we are made to be sure that out of these 52, 51 are definitely Maa Sati's Shakti Peethas.

The confusion of the main 51 Shakti Peethas in this world continues and we see different-different listings at different places on the internet.. Updating this post today, 26th of September 2014, I see a much changed list of list of Shakti peethas on Wikipedia too in comparison to what I saw an year back. For those who do not know, wikipedia is an online EDITABLE BY ALMOST ANYONE encyclopedia and people come and keep changing or updating the list and since google gives a relatively higher significance to this website and ranks it higher in its search rankings, many of us consider that this is the best list, but is it?

See other lists prepared by various website owners/editors, Pandits or researchers and you will find variations. No one gives the same list. Further you will find that people list 51, 52, 108 or 18 or the main 4 Shakti Peethas in this world and call them the Aadi Shakti peethas and so on. Well I am not writing this post to confuse, however just attempting to prepare a list based on seeing so many listings, my instincts and experiances being on certain destinations, where I went and felt HER presence. Different people could feel different! This list even has those listings which are prominantly being featured by other consolidators. There are places where I went and felt the presence of Maa Aadishakti, say for example at Maa Chintpurni Devi in Himachal Pradesh which does not hold a place in some lists, but the natives of the place have a full story for the place and claim a part of Maa Sati's abode falling there. Similar is Maa Naina Devi. It is not listed by many, but it is a place, where not just me, most of North India, feels Maa's supernatural powers and visits regularly.

Well to conclude, you get Her presence in any ONE of the places, is what matters. Though, if she has to bless you, she will bless you at not just any temple but any and almost any place you are. The main idea is to not remove any listing till get too much convinced that it is not a Shakti peeth. Another sane thought is, if you are close by, why avoid visiting a Shaktipeeth even it it is not some list, it is worth being there.


  1Shakti Peethas / Shakti Peeth Temples Fallen Ang/ Part of Body Place Image
1 Nayan/Nain Himachal Pradesh, India  
Mata Chamunda Devi
  Himachal Pradesh, India  
3 Maha Jeevha Himachal Pradesh, India  
Mata Vajreshwari Devi/ Maa Kangra Devi/ Nagarkot Dham
Dharh Himachal Pradesh, India  
5 Charan/ Foot Himachal Pradesh, India  
6 Maa Tripurmalini Devi Baam Ang Inside Devi Talab Mandir, Jallandhar, Punjab, India  
7 Mastishk Agra Bhaag Himachal Pradesh, India  
8 Mata Kali Devi Dayan Paanv Anguliyan/ Right Foot Fingers Kolkata, India  
9 Mata Hinglaj Devi Haath/ Hand    
10 Maa Jayanti Devi Jangha    
11 Mata Kamakhya Devi Kokh Assam, India  
Mata Kalika Devi
  Himachal Pradesh, India, (close to Shimla)  
13 Mata Bhadrakali Right Ankle Kurukshtra, Haryana, India  
14 Sheesh Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh, India  

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