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Shakti Peethas | Shakti Peeth Temples | Maa Sati Temples

People generally confuse in between a Siddh peeth and a Shaktipeetha. Not all Siddhpeeths are Shaktipeeths. A Shaktipeeth is a place where Maa Sati's (who was the incarnation of Maa Aadi Shakti) body part had fallen on earth when Lord Vishnu cut her burnt corpse (Body) with his Sudarshan Chakra when Lord SHiva was carrying HER over his shoulders and doing the Tandav. The story or the legend originates from the place where Maa Sati (the first incarnation of Maa Aadi Shakti) burnt herself in the Yagya hawan kund during the hawan done by HER father Prajapathi Daksh. This place is known as the Maa 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 below on the page, 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.


  Shakti 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 pindi
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
15 Amarnath Yatra Throat Jammu
16 Attahas Lips Birbhum, West Bengal  
17 Bahula Left arm West Bengal  
18 Bakreshwar Portion between the eyebrows West Bengal  
19 Bhairavparvat Elbow Madhya Pradesh  
20 Bhabanipur Left anklet Bangladesh  
21 Gandaki Temple Nepal  
22 Jessoreswari Palms of hands and soles of the feet Bangladesh  
23 Kalmadhav Left Buttock Madhya Pradesh  
24 Kankalitala, on the banks of Kopai River 10 km north-east of Bolpur station in Birbhum district, Devi locally known as Kankaleshwari Bone West Bengal  
25 Kanyashram of Balaambika - The Bhagavathy temple in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of mainland India, Tamil Nadu (also thought to be situated in Yunnan province, China) Back Tamil Nadu  
26 Karnat, Brajeshwari Devi, Kangra Both ears Himachal Pradesh  
27 Kireet at Kireetkona village, 3 km from Lalbag Court Road station under district Murshidabad Crown West Bengal  
28 Locally known as Anandamayee Temple. Ratnavali, on the banks of Ratnakar river at Khanakul-Krishnanagar, district Hooghly Right Shoulder West Bengal  
29 Locally known as Bhramari Devi. In Jalpaiguri near a small village Boda on the bank of river Teesta or Tri-shrota (combination of three flows) mentioned in Puranas Left leg West Bengal  
30 Manas, under Tibet at the foot of Mount Kailash Right hand Tibet  
31 Manibandh, at Gayatri hills near Pushkar 11 km north-west of Ajmer.People know this temple as Chamunda Mata Temple. Wrists Rajasthan  
32 Mithila, near Janakpur railway station on the border of India and Nepal Left shoulder Nepal  
33 Nainativu (Manipallavam), Anklets Sri Lanka  
34 Guhyeshwari Temple Both Knees Nepal  
35 On Chandranath hill near Sitakunda station Right arm Bangladesh  
36 Panchsagar Near Lohaghat (in Champawat District of Uttarakhand) nearly 100 km from nearest railway station Tanakpur. Lower teeth uttarakhand  
37 Prabhas, 4 km from Veraval station near Somnath temple in Junagadh district.Local People call this temple as Kali Mandir, It’s nearby triveni sangam only. Stomach Gujarat.  
38 Prayag near Sangam at Allahabad Finger up  
39 Kurukshetra town or Thanesar ancient Sthaneshwar Ankle bone Haryana  
40 Ramgiri, at Chitrakuta on the Jhansi Manikpur railway line Right breast up  
41 Sainthia, locally Known as Nandikeshwari temple. Only 1.5 km from the railway station under a banyan tree within a boundary wall, Birbhum district Necklace West Bengal  
42 Sarvashail or Godavaritir, at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of Cheeks A.P  
43 Shondesh, at the source point of Narmada River in Amarkantak Right buttock M.p  
44 Shri Parvat, near Ladak, Jammu and Kashmir. Another belief: at Srisailam in Shriparvat hills under Kurnool district Right anklet (ornament) A.P  
45 Shri Shail, at Joinpur village, Dakshin Surma, near Gotatikar, 3 km north-east of Sylhet town NEck Bangladesh  
46 Shuchi, in a Shiva temple at Suchindrum 11 km on Kanyakumari Trivandrum road Upper teeth Tamil Nadu  
47 Sugandha, situated in Shikarpur, Gournadi, about 20 km from Barisal town, on the banks of Sonda river. Nose Bangladesh  
48 Udaipur, Tripura, at the top of the hills known as Tripura Sundari temple near Radhakishorepur village, a little distance away from Udaipur town Right leg Tripura  
49 Ujaani, at Mangalkot 16 km from Guskara station under Burdwan district Right wrist West Bengal  
50 Varanasi at Manikarnika Ghat on Earring UP  
51 Vibhash, at Tamluk under district Purba Medinipur Left ankle west bengal  
52 Virat, near Bharatpur Left toes Rajasthan  
53 Vrindavan, near new bus stand on Bhuteshwar road within Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple, Katyayanipeeth. Ringlets of hair U.P  
54 Baidyanath Dham Heart Jharkhand  
55 Biraja Temple in Jajpur Bamonbonsham(Navel) Jajpur  
56 Jugaadya,at Khirgram under Burdwan district Great Toe West Bengal  
57 Pitikapureswari,at Kakinada under Kakinada Port Toen Hip Part Purohotika  
58 Ambaji Heart Gujarat  
  The above list is under maintainence Process      


The Legend

The Shakti Peeth legend goes back to one of the most ancient times of the mankind according to the Hindu mythology. It was in the times when the mankind was at the verge of getting civilized. After the creation of this world Lord Brahma gave the responsibility of civilizing the mankind to his son called Prajapati Daksha, or to say King Daksha. With time Daksha started allocating the responsibilities to different segments of the society and started organising them. However with this big responsibility along came Arogance and ego(Abhimaan) in him of being the Karta of everything. He was a believer of Lord Vishnu however never believed in the third trinity, i.e. Lord Shiva, the destroyer of life. He was a rival of Lord Shiva  and his thoughts and did not allow any respectable position for him or his thoughts in this organised society. On the other side, Lord Shiva even after being a part of the trinity never interfered in this works until there was an injustice or to be precise when there was a discrimination being done on the basis of religion.

King Daksha had several daughter and the youngest was Devi Sati, his most loved too. At the time of youth, she fell in love with Lord Shiva. Devi Sati is said to be the incarnation of the Aadishakti, a part of lord Shiva and took birth to join him for the benefits of the mankind. Daksha, despite a rival of Lord Shiva agreed to the marriage of Devi Sati with Lord Shiva however still remained his rival and gave him a position in his society. Despite the convincing of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma he never left off his rivalry with him.

Sati departed with Lord Shiva to Kailash, the home place of Lord Shiva after their marriage and started staying together. Once Daksha organised a big ritual/ Yagya and invited all the Devtas and Rishi Munis(Sages). However he did not invited his newly wedded daughter Devi Sati and Lord Shiva. On this Devi Sati insisted Lord Shiva to be a part of that Yagya to which Shiva said did not agree however could not stop Sati also to visit her father after her hard persuasion.

The unfortunate day came when Mata Sati went to the Yagya place, saw everyone being invited by her father than her husband. She felt insulted and when she asked an explanation from King Daksha he said un-anticipated insulting words for Lord Shiva further and added an unbearable pain to Mata Sati, the Aadishakti Jagad Janani. Listening those words against her love and husband, She decided to end her life then and there. Apologised to Lord Shiva in her heart and jumped into the Jagya Hawan Fire and burnt her self. 

After getting this information, Lord Shiva could not take the pain as well and took the Rudra Roop(the form of a devastator). It was understood that the end of King Daksha had come now. Shiva sent Veer Bhadra to the yagya place before himself who killed Daksha after beheading him. 

Following the bloodbath at the yagya place called Kanghal,  Lord Shiva came to get Mata Sati. He picked up Her burnt corpse over his shoulders in great vain. However just before leaving, upon the apology and request of all Devtas and Munis granted a life to Daksha with a head of a goat on the Human Torso. Getting to life, Daksha felt the guilt and apologised too. Lord Shiva left the place with Mata Sati's body over his shoulders.

The following days where of immense pain and trauma for Lord Shiva and he started wandering in the Himalayas with Mata Sati's Corpse. The equilibrium/ balance of the nature started spoiling as Lord Shiva started doing the devastating Tandva (dance of destruction). To this all the Devtas requested Lord Vishnu to intervene and save the mankind and Lord Shiva out of that pain and pacify him. Lord Vishnu then went to the skies on his Garuda and with his Sudarshan Chakra cut the corpse of Devi Sati in various parts. It is said that the Sudarshan Chakra cut Devi Sati's Corpse into 52 parts and they fell at different-different places on Earth. In certain books/ sources there were more parts that fell, however 52 were the main and out of which one could not be found. 

After the same, Lord Shiva stopped the Tandava and cooled down however could not cover his vain. With time, he went to all the places where the different parts of Mata Sati had fallen and worshipped and did sthapana(established) the Pindi at that place and  and deputed one-one form of himself in the form of Bhairav close to every Pindi it for this security. All these places where Maa Sati's (Aadi Shakti's) parts had fallen are forms of Shakti (Power) and are hence called Shakti Peethas or Shaktipeeth in this world.

Even today after centuries, if a person with an honest heart visits the Shaktipeeth and prays to Maa Aadi Shakti and Lord Shiva, Maa grants their wishes. There have been uncountable real life experiences of the various devotees or even those who do not believe but visit the Shaktipeethas and Pray to Maa honestly, She listens! She Fulfills!

Jai Maa Sati! Jai Mahadev!

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