Ashta Dasa Shaktipeethas Image Gallery
Asta Dasa Shakti Peethas are the 18 Shaktipeeth temples or prominent & most auspicious temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti. It is believed that these temples are most ancient in Hinduism and considered as the heavenly abodes of the Goddess.
As per the legend of Sati Devi and Daksha Yagna Goddess Sati’s slashed body parts were fallen all over the places and since then those holy places have become Shakti Peethas.
Shankari Devi temple in Tricomalee, Srilanka is a prominent temple for Hindus. But, it is most rarely visited and it is very least popular in all AstavaDasha Shakti peethas. Along with the temple of Shaankari Devi, there is a temple of Lord Shiva – TRIKONESHWARA Temple.
Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham was established by Sri Adi Sankara in the year 482 B.C. and has the distinction of an unbroken line of 70 Acharyas (spiritual leaders). The goddess residing place in Kanchi is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi.
Shrinkala devi was supposed to be in West bengal, hoogly district.But as such there is no temple also.A story says that Sage Rishya Shringala has brought to her to shringeri in Karnataka. At present there is no temple in the place, a minar was built there by muslim invaders and at present the place is under the protection of Archaeological society of India.
Shri Chamundeshwari Temple at Mysore in Karnataka state. The temple of Chamundeshwari constitutes about one thousand steps to the hill. Chamundeshwari Temple belongs to 12th century date built by Hoysalas while the temple tower built by Vijayanagar kings which has 300 years old history. The Chamundeshwari Temple enshrines goddess Durga as Chamundi form of her. Earlier the hill was called as Mahabala Parvata but due to the deity Chamundi the hill named as Chamundi hill.
Goddess Jogulamba is considered the 5th Shakti Peeta among 18 shakti peetams in the country. Here Goddess Jogulamba is seen seated on the Corpse with scorpion, frog, and lizard on the head. She is seen in a naked avtar with her tongue stretched outside, an avtar of fierce goddess that grants Siddhi in Yoga and hence called Jogulamba. This word is a changed form of Yogula Amma in Telugu which means Mother of Yogis.
Goddess Bramarambika is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti. She is the consort of Mallikarjuna Swamy (Shiva) at the Srisailam Temple. There are several legends associated with Bhramaramba Devi and one of the most popular one is she releasing thousands of bees to annihilate a demon. Bhramaramba (Bhramari) means the Mother of bees.
The Shri Mahalakshmi (AmbaBai) Temple of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India, is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, a Shakti Peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power. The Kolhapur Shakti Peetha is of special religious significance being one of the six places where it is believed that one can either obtain salvation from desires or have them fulfilled. The temple takes its name from Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, and it is believed that the divine couple reside in the area.
The temple of the goddess Renuka is situated in Mahur Village of Nanded District. Holy Birth place of Hindu Goddess Shree Renuka, mother of Lord Parshuram. One of the three and half Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra:- Renuka or Yellamma : "Mother of the Universe" or Jagadamba. Legends say that Yellamma is the incarnation of Kali, who on one hand symbolizes the death of ego, and on the other hand is the mother who is compassionate about her children.
Maha Kali temple from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is famous for one another ferocious deity of Shakti. It is also among the Ashtadasa Shaktipeetha and also the Jyothirlinga of Lord Shiva who is in form of Maha Kaleswar. Here devi is called as Hara Sidhi maata. Locals call the goddess as Garh kalika, The Maha kali (Hara sidhi mata) was the aradhna devi of the great king Vikramadithya.
Puruhutika Devi temple in Pithapuram is one of the Astadasha Shakti Peetha temples. This temple is dedicated to Lord Kukkuteshwara Swamy (Lord Shiva) and his consort Goddess Sri Puruhutika Devi (Goddess Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi). The goddess is installed in a separate, independent shrine. The idol facing north is in the standing posture and made of granite stones, about four feet in height. The deity is adorned with glittering gold jewels and rustling silks.
Biraja temple was built in 13th century. The idol in this temple is Dwibhujamurthy, having two hands with, Thrishul in one hand and holding Mahishasura tail in another hand. Maa Biraja devi also called as Girija devi, Viraja devi and Biraja devi. Vaitarini river is passing near Biraja kshetra. Here Maa Biraja devi worshiped as Trishakti Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati. This area is also famous for Shraddha karmas.
Manikyamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that the spot where left cheek of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Manikyamba Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the Draksharamam Temple (Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple) in Andhra Pradesh. This place is also called as Dakshina Kashi.
Kamakhya devi is famous as the bleeding goddess. The mythical womb and vagina of Shakti are supposedly installed in the 'Garvagriha' or sanctum of the temple. In the month of Ashaad (June), the goddess bleeds or menstruates. At this time, the Brahmaputra river near Kamakhya turns red. The temple then remains closed for 3 days and holy water is distributed among the devotees of Kamakhya devi.
Madhaveswari devi of Prayaga, Uttarpradesh is one another among the ASTADASA SHAKTIPEETHAS. It is believed that the Fingers of the Sati Devi had fallen here when her corpse is cut by Shri Maha Vishnu with his SudarshanaChakra. She is also called as Alopi Mata/Lalitha. Bhava is the Bhairava of this Shaktipeeth. Prayaga is confluence of 3 sacred rivers (Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati) which is Allahabad where the Maha Kumbha mela happens every 12 years. Prayaga means Prakrishta Yaga, that means it is the place where Lord Brahma did a very great Yaga. Hence its name became Prayaga.
The Vaishno Devi is one of the most popular Hindu temples. It is situated on a small branch line on the Shimla to Dharamashala road and at a distance of twenty kilometers from the Jwalamukhi road. The temple is in a town known as Jwalamukhi in Kangra district. This temple is visited by lakhs of devotees every year.
The Mangalagauri temple in Gaya (Bihar) 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. The shrine is dedicated to Shakti or the mother Goddess in the predominantly Vaishnavite pilgrimage center of Gaya. Mangalagauri is worshiped as the Goddess of benevolence. This temple constitutes an Upa-Shakti Pitha - where it is believed that a part of the body of Shakti fell - according to mythology.
Vishalakshi Temple is dedicated to the Vishalakshi Maa (means wide eyed Devi) or the Goddess Parvati, the consort of the Lord Shiva. Vishalakshi Temple is also known as the Vishalakshi Gauri Temple. It is a most famous Hindu temple located at the Meer Ghat on the bank of the holy River Ganga in the Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Vishalakshi Temple is considered as a Shakti Pitha, the most holy temples devoted to the Hindu Divine Mother, Adi Shakti.
The temple dedicated to the goddess Sarasvatī (Sharda) is on the banks of Neelum River in Azad Kashmir. The temple had periodically fallen into disrepair by the 14th century, and was last repaired by Maharaja Gulab Singh of Kashmir in the 19th Century. The site was heavily damaged in the 2005 earthquake which struck the region, and has not been repaired since that time by the government of Pakistan.