Ashtadasha Shaktipeethas

#1 Apr 11th, 2010, 05:05
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Although visiting Trikomali in Ceylon may need a passport, otherwise remaining seventeen holiest temples in India housing the incarnations of Goddess Parvati greatly revered and being referred from times immemorial even in Vedas are believed to be scattered in different places over Indian subcontinent can make a remarkable India Travel Module.

The Shakti Peethas (seats of cosmic power) are places of worship consecrated to the goddess 'Sati', the female principal of Hinduism.

Many refer the scattered parts of Sati fell at different corners of India as Shaktipeeths, few consider 52 shaktipeethas while many believe in most powerful and supreme sites of cosmic power as "Ashtadasha Shaktipeeths" which in Sanskrit means "Eighteen Centers of Cosmic Power" making a most memorable tours through the length and breadth of India, mostly taken along with "Dwadasha Jyothirlinga tour" by those who do accidentally few and complete eventually while many take it up as a continuous travel.

Practically it may be impossible and illogical to visit Shaktipeeths in the order mentioned in Vedas even Jyothirlingas for that matter, it generally gets planned based on the geographical vicinity and transport connectivity et cetera.

However it is significant to remember the order of Shaktipeeths mentioned in Vedas and of course the least opted order for travel is...

1. Shankari Devi (Trikomali) near Jafna in Ceylon.
2. Kamakshi Amman in Kanchipuram (near Chennai) in Tamil Nadu
3. Shrinkala Devi is supposed to be in Hoogli dist. of West Bengal (readers can confirm)
4. Chamundeshwari Devi (Chamunda) at Mysore in Karnataka (refered to as Kroncha pattan)
5. Jogulamba Devi in Alampur (near Kurnool) in A.P.
6. Bhramarambika Devi in Srisailam (near Kurnool) in Andhra Pradesh.
7. Mahalakshmi Ambabai in Kolhapur in Maharashtra
8. Ekaveenika or Ekaveerika or Ekaveera Devi in Mahur (Maharahstra)
9. Maha Kali in Ujjain (M.P)
10. Puruhutika Devi in Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh
11. Girija Devi in Cuttack (Orissa)
12. Manikyamba Devi in Draksharamam (Andhra Pradesh)
13. Kamarupi Devi near Guwahati in Assam
14. Madhveshwari Devi in Allahabad
15. Vaishno Devi in Jammu or Jwalamukhi near Kangra
16. Mangala Gowri in Gaya
17. Vishalakshi Devi in Varanasi (Banaras)
18. Saraswati Devi in Kashmir is vague but is argued as moved to Basara in Andhra Pradesh (readers can confirm and post further)

It always brings a feeling of exponential divinity in those places where both Jyothirlinga and Shaktipeetha are situated together, probable it comes in a package like those in Srisailam, Ujjain, Varanasi.

Most logical order in traveling starting from Jafna to Jammu depends on whether it is strictly for Shaktipeeths alone or is flexible for near by other places of varied interests.

I know this post requires much of refinement, which I expect the same from the addition, attachments of travelers' experiences and details.

Some one can throw light on the line "Ashtadasha Shaktipeethani Yoginamapi Durlabham"
It brings exciting and adventurous feel forcing us travel all those especially when the Sanskrit verse is translated and elucidated!!

Ashtadasha Shaktipeethas map can be found here -

Happy Planeting!!
Last edited by; Apr 11th, 2010 at 21:51..

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