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18 Shakthi Peethams

There was a great king called Daksha Prajapati who was the son of Lord Brahma. He had 27 daughters and Sati Devi is one among them. Sati Devi got married to Lord Shiva. When Dashka entered the arena of a yaga performed by Agni, everyone except Lord Shiva stood up as a mark of respect. Daksha felt insulted by Lord Shiva's behaviour. Later when Daksha conducted a yaga himself , he did not invite his daughter and his son in law.Though Sati felt bad because of the non-invitation, she wanted to attend the yaga against the wish of Lord Shiva.When Sati, attended the yaga nobody has cared for her and she felt insulted by the actions of her sisters and parents. Then when her father started abusing her husband she could not control her feelings and sacrificed herself at the place of yagna by creating agni from earth with her right thumb of her foot.Knowing this Lord Shiva removed one bunch of Jhatha from his head and hit it on the earth. From that Lord, Veerabhadra has born and rushed to yaga spot and killed Daksha by cutting his head. Later Shiva went to the spot and taken the body of sati from the fire and started dancing with it. The world was terrorised from this Tandava Nritya and to stop this Nritya, Vishnu used his Sudarshan chakra and completely cut the Sati's body into pieces. These body parts have fallen at various places in India and Srilanka. Where ever these parts have fallen the places are called Shaktipeethas. There are 18 such places and they are called Ashta 8 Dasa 10 Shaktipeethas

  All Temples under 18 Shakthi Peethams

Shankari Devi Shakti Pitha Sri Lanka

It is believed that Satee's Groin fell here. The temple of Shankari Devi was exactly on the peak of a hill that was ruined by foreign invaders.

Saraswathi Devi Sakthipeeth Kashmir

Saraswathi was the famous temple of goddess Sharada  in Kashmir - also called Kashyappur named after Rishi Kashyap - on the banks of Neelum Kishenganga river .

Puruhutika Devi Sakthipeeth Pithapuram

Pithapuram is formerly called as Pithikapuram / Pushkara kshetra in Puranas and Tantras. The temple of Puruhutika Devi is located within the temple campus of Kukkuteswara Swamy.

Praddyumnam Shrinkala Devi Temple Pandua West Bengal

Shrinkala Devi temple is located in Pandua Hooghly district, West Bengal. Pandua is 66 km from Howrah railway station.

Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India.

Ekaveerika Sakthipeeth Maharashtra

Ekaveerika Devi temple is in Mahur , Maharashtra. The deity here is called Ekaveerika mata. The temple is in Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. It is 50 km from Kinwat and 126 km from Nanded.

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple located on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati city in Assam, is one of the most important Shakti shrines in India

Sri Kasi Vishalakshi Devi Temple Varanasi

Sri Vishalakshi Temple is one among the 18 famous Shakthi Peeta's. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi in the divine form of Vishalakshi Devi. Her consort is Lord Kashi Viswanath.

Madhaveswari Devi Sakthipeeth Prayaga

Prayaga Madhaveswari is one of the 18 Shaktippethas.

Girija Devi Sakthipeeth Jajpur Orissa

The 11th Shakti Peetha, Jajpur was consecrated as Dakshayanis navel part fallen here. The presiding deity of Jaipur Asta dasha shakti peetha is Goddess Girija Devi.