List of Shakti Peeth: Know what are Shakti Peethas and 51 Shakti Peeths in India

The article provides a comprehensive list of various Shakti Peeths, sacred Hindu shrines dedicated to the goddess Shakti. These Peeths are scattered across India and neighboring countries, each associated with a unique legend and divine significance. The article delves into their locations, showcasing the rich diversity of these spiritual sites, ...

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The article provides a comprehensive list of various Shakti Peeths, sacred Hindu shrines dedicated to the goddess Shakti. These Peeths are scattered across India and neighboring countries, each associated with a unique legend and divine significance. The article delves into their locations, showcasing the rich diversity of these spiritual sites, which continue to attract pilgrims and devotees from all over the world.

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List of Shakti Peeth: Know what are Shakti Peethas and 51 Shakti Peeths in India
List of Shakti Peeth: Know what are Shakti Peethas and 51 Shakti Peeths in India

What is Shakti Peeth? 

Shakti Peeths are revered sacred sites in Hinduism that are dedicated to the goddess Shakti, the divine feminine energy and consort of Lord Shiva. These Peeths are believed to be the spots where various body parts or ornaments of the goddess Sati fell when her body was dismembered by Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra in a fit of rage. Each Shakti Peeth is associated with a specific body part or symbol of the goddess and carries unique religious and mythological significance.

Following are 51 Shakti Peeths along with their body part and places. 

S.NoTemple NameLocationAssociated Body Part or Symbol
1Kamakhya TempleAssam, IndiaWomb
2Vaishno Devi TempleJammu and Kashmir, IndiaRight Arm
3Jwalamukhi TempleHimachal Pradesh, IndiaTongue
4Tara Tarini TempleOdisha, IndiaStana (Breast)
5Kalighat Kali TempleKolkata, IndiaToes and Right Ankle
6Sati Pith TempleWest Bengal, IndiaVarious Body Parts
7Naina Devi TempleHimachal Pradesh, IndiaEyes
8Bhairavi TempleTamil Nadu, IndiaNavel
9Hinglaj Mata TempleBalochistan, PakistanHead
10Chamunda Devi TempleHimachal Pradesh, IndiaUpper Palate (Mouth)
11Mahakal TempleUjjain, IndiaUpper Lip
12Yogmaya TempleDelhi, IndiaBala (Infant Form)
13Vindhyavasini TempleVindhyachal, IndiaLeft Breast
14Alampur Jogulamba TempleTelangana, IndiaUpper Teeth and Gum
15Brhamaravinasini TempleVaranasi, IndiaPart of the Neck
16Prayag Madhaveswari TemplePrayagraj, IndiaFingers
17Jayanti Devi TemplePithoragarh, IndiaLower Lip
18Mithila Sati TempleNepalLeft Shoulder
19Panchsagar TempleBangladeshLower Teeth
20Kalmadhav TempleAmarkantak, IndiaLeft Buttock
21Ambaji TempleGujarat, IndiaHeart
22Kamakshi TempleKanchipuram, IndiaNavel
23Sugandha TempleBengal, IndiaNose
24Bhavanarayani TempleChhattisgarh, IndiaRight Leg
25Devi Patan TempleNepalRight Thigh
26Srisailam TempleAndhra Pradesh, IndiaNeck
27Prabhas Shakti PeethGujarat, IndiaStomach
28Shri Parvat TempleHimachal Pradesh, IndiaAnkle
29Attahas TempleBardhaman, IndiaLower Lip
30Bhramari Devi TempleAssam, IndiaLeft Hand
31Manas TempleTibetRight Hand
32Bimala TemplePuri, IndiaFeet
33Kumari TempleKanyakumari, IndiaBack
34Ramagiri Shakti PeethAdilabad, IndiaLeft Thigh
35Surkanda TempleUttarakhand, IndiaHead
36Kapalini TempleWest Bengal, IndiaSkull
37Jaya Durga TempleKangra, IndiaLeft Toe
38Chandranath TempleChattogram, BangladeshRight Shoulder
39Katyayani TempleChattogram, BangladeshSword
40Mahalaxmi TempleMaharashtra, IndiaRight Hand
41Nalhati Tara TempleBirbhum, IndiaLeft Eye
42Kankalitala TempleBirbhum, IndiaBone
43Siddhida TempleWest Bengal, IndiaShoulder and Left Trunk
44Mukkalingam TempleTamil Nadu, IndiaNeck Vertebra
45Kireet TempleWest Bengal, IndiaCrown
46Sankari TempleWest Bengal, IndiaNavel
47Keshari TempleWest Bengal, IndiaHair
48Malini TempleWest Bengal, IndiaNecklace
49Tara Devi TempleHimachal Pradesh, IndiaEye
50Karveer Nivasini TempleKolhapur, Maharashtra, IndiaLeft Toe
51Chamundeshwari TempleMysore, Karnataka, IndiaHair

Mythology of Shakti Peeth 

Sati, also known as Dakshayani, was a devoted and virtuous wife of Lord Shiva. However, her father, King Daksha, held a strong aversion to Lord Shiva, considering him unconventional and ascetic. King Daksha organized a grand yagna (sacrificial ritual) and invited all the deities except Lord Shiva. Sati, deeply hurt by her father’s disrespect towards her husband, insisted on attending the yagna despite Shiva’s warnings.

The Sacrificial Ritual: At the yagna, King Daksha openly insulted Lord Shiva, which greatly distressed Sati. Unable to bear her father’s insults and the disrespect towards her husband, she invoked her inner power and self-immolated in the sacrificial fire. Her sacrifice was a profound act of devotion and selflessness, and it left Lord Shiva devastated.

Lord Shiva’s Grief and Tandava: Upon learning of Sati’s tragic death, Lord Shiva was consumed by grief and rage. He carried Sati’s lifeless body on his shoulders and began to perform the Tandava, a furious and destructive cosmic dance. The Tandava threatened to destroy the universe, and the gods became alarmed.

The Disintegration of Sati’s Body: To stop the Tandava and pacify Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu intervened. He used his Sudarshana Chakra, a powerful discus, to dismember Sati’s lifeless body into various parts. These body parts or symbols fell at different locations across the Indian subcontinent and a few neighboring regions, and each place where a part fell became a sacred site known as a Shakti Peeth.

Significance of Shakti Peeths 

The Shakti Peeths hold immense spiritual significance in Hinduism as they are believed to be the spots where the goddess’s divine power resides. Each Peeth is associated with a specific body part or symbol of Sati, and it represents a manifestation of the goddess’s energy. Devotees visit these Peeths to seek the blessings of the goddess and to connect with her divine presence.

The Shakti Peeths have attracted pilgrims and devotees for centuries, and they remain significant centers of worship and spirituality. Pilgrims embark on journeys to visit these Peeths to seek blessings, perform rituals, and immerse themselves in devotion. The atmosphere at these sites is filled with the divine energy of the goddess, making them places of profound spiritual experience.