51 Shakti Peethas that behold spiritual powers of Lord Shiva and Sati

Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva are the Brahman and Pradhana sides of the same heavenly coinage. Their narrative, which begins with a powerful Yagna and concludes with Shiva’s slighting by his royal father-in-law and Sati’s eventual self-immolation, establishes the groundwork for Shakti. Concerned that the enraged Shiva’s tandava might destroy the universe, Mahavishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to cut Sati’s body into 51 pieces.

According to mythology, there are 108 parts. Her body pieces and jewellery dropped to the ground in numerous locations across the subcontinent. They are known as the 51 Shakti Peethas, and each one is associated with one of the 51 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. The principal goddesses at all Peethas are Shakti and Kala Bhairava. Among all Indian states, West Bengal has the most people.

Story of Shaktipeeth -The beginning of Shakti-Peeths

The storey of Shakti-Peeths begins with Prajapati Daksha, Lord Brahma’s son. He had a daughter, Princess Sati, who was a human embodiment of Goddess Adi-shakti and grew up loving and worshipping Lord Shiva’s stories and traditions. The death of Goddess Sati, according to most tales, is how Shakti-Peethas came to be. Lord Shiva travelled the cosmos carrying the Goddess’s body with him.

Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to cut the body into 52 pieces to assist him to overcome his grief. These ornaments or fragments fell to become sacred spots on Earth. These locations are known as Shakti-Peeths, or Goddess Seats, where people might pay their respects to the Goddess. Lord Bhairava, another manifestation of Lord Shiva, is usually associated with Goddess Sati.

Shakti Peethas in India

1. Amarnath

Location: Jammu and Kashmir

Residing as: Shakti Mayamaya

Body part–Throat

2. Attahasa

Location: Labhpur, West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Phullara

Body part–Lips

3. Bahula

Location: Ketugram, West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Bahula

Body part–Left Arm

4. Bakreshwar

Location: Birbhum, West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Mahishmardini

Body part–Centre portion between eyebrows

5. Bhairavparvat

Location: Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Avanti

Body part–Elbow

6.  Vishweshwari

Location: Kotilingeswar temple

Residing as: Shakti Rakini

Body part—Cheeks

7. Janasthaan

Location: Amta, West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Bhramari

Body part–Chin

8.  Jwala

Location: Himachal Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Ambika/Siddhida

Body part–Tongue

9. Kalighat

Location: Kolkata

Residing as: Shakti Kalika

Body part–Right Toes

10. Kalmadhav

Location: Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Kali

Body part–Left Buttock

11.  Kamakhya

Location: Nilachal Hill, Guwahati

Residing as: Shakti Kamakhya

 Body part–Genitals

12. Kankalitala

Location: West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Devgarbha

 Body part–Pelvis

13. Kanyashram

Location: Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu

Residing as: Shakti Sravani

 Body part–Spine

14. Chamudeswari

Location: Mysuru, Karnataka

Residing as:  Shakti JayaDurga

Body part–Both Ears

15. Kireet

Location: West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Vimla

 Body part–Crown

16. Shondesh

Location: West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Narmada

Body part–Right Buttock

17. Sri Sailam

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Sundari

Body part–Right Anklet

18. Shuchindram

Location: Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu

Residing as: Shakti Narayani

Body part–Upper Teeth

19. Tripura

Location: Tripura

Residing as: Shakti Tripur Sundari

Body part–Right Foot

20.  Ujjani

Location: Madhya Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Mangal Chandika

Body part–Right Wrist

21. Varanasi

Location: Varanasi

Residing as: Shakti Vishalakshi

Body part–Earrings

22. Vibash

Location: Purba Medinipur, West Bengal

Residing as:  Shakti Kapalini

Body part–Left Ankle

23.  Bharatpur

Location: Rajasthan, India

Residing as: Shakti Ambika

Body part–Left Toes

24. Vrindavan

Location: Uttar Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Uma

Body part–Ringlets of Hair

25. Jalandhar

Location: Punjab

Residing as: Shakti Tripurmalini

Body part–Left Breast

 26. Ambaji

Location: Gujarat

Residing as: Shakti Amba

Body part–One part of the Heart

27.  Jharkhand

Location: Jharkhand

Residing as: Shakti Jai Durga

Body part–Second part of the Heart

28. Danteshwari

Location: Durg, Chhattisgarh

Residing as:  Shakti Danteshwari

Body part–Tooth

29. Biraj

Location: Odisha

Residing as: Shakti Vimla

Body part—Navel

30. Ratnavali

Location: Hooghly, West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Kumari

Body part–Right Shoulder

31.  Trisrota

Location: Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Bhraaamari

Body part–Left Leg

32. Manibandh

Location: Pushkar Town in Rajasthan

Residing as:  Shakti Gayatri

Body part–Wrists

33. Mithila

Location: Darbhanga on the border of Bihar

Residing as: Shakti Uma

Body part–Left shoulder

34. PanchSagar

Location: Uttar Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Varahi

Body part–Lower Teeth

35. Prabhas

Location: Junagarh district, Gujarat

Residing as: Shakti Chandrabhaga

Body part–Stomach

36. Prayag

Location: Uttar Pradesh

Residing as: Shakti Lalita

Body part–Finger

37. Kurukshetra

Location: Haryana

Residing as: Shakti Savitri

Body part–Ankle Bone

38. Maihar

Location: Chitrakoot

Residing as: Shakti Shivani

Body part–Right Breast

39. Nandikeshwari

Location: Sainthia city of West Bengal

Residing as: Shakti Nandini

Body part–Necklace

Shaktipeeths outside India

40. Shikarpur

Location: Bangladesh

Residing as: Shakti Sugandha

Body part: Nose

41. Sri Shail

Location: Bangladesh

Residing as: Shakti Maha Lakshmi

Body part: Neck

42. Shivaharkaray

Location: Karachi Pakistan

Residing as: Shakti Mahishmardini

Body part: Eyes

43. Chandranath

Location: Bangladesh

Residing as: Shakti Bhawani

Body part: Right-arm

44. Guhyeshwari

Location: Nepal

Residing as: Shakti Mahashira

Body part: Both knees

45. Nainativu

Location: Sri Lanka

Residing as: Shakti Indrakshi

Body part: Anklets

46. Mansa

Location: Tibet, China, and Mansarovar

Residing as: Shakti Dakshayani

Body part: Right Hand

47. Yogeshwari

Location: Bangladesh

Residing as: Shakti Yogeshwari and Goddess Jashoreshwari

Body part: Palms of her hand and soles of her feet

48. Jayanti

Location: Bangladesh

Residing as: Shakti Jayanti

Body part: Left thigh

49. Hinglaj

Location: Pakistan

Residing as: Shakti Kottari

Body part: Top part of her head

50. Gandaki

Location: Nepal

Residing as: Shakti Gandaki Chandi

Body part: Forehead

51. Bhavanipur

Location: Bangladesh

Residing as: Shakti Aparna

Body part: Left ankle ornament

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