Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Manibandh Shakti Peeth Chamunda temple

Manibandh Shakti Peeth or Chamunda temple, at Gayatri hills in Pushkar (near ajmir) is one of the 51 shakti peethas in Rajasthan. This temple is considered as one of the ancient temples belonging to Treta Yuga (based on the idols available). We find two statues of lord Ganesh and goddess Kali towards extreme corners (left and right), these idols are said to belong to the age of Treta Yuga.


    According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where "Wrists” fell down. Bhairava form of lord Shiva is worshiped with the name Sarvanand.

          Devotees believe this temple is the ideal place to do Gayatri Mantra sadana and goddess is believe to relieve devotees from domestic issues and fulfill their wishes.

Pushkar is a place near the lake Pushkar which is associated with Brahma puran which says this place is linked with creation of universe. We find many Hindu temples nearby, it is said that many temples were destroyed during Muslim invasion.  

One of the famous temples nearby is Brahma temple and is believed to be build during 14th century. According to Ancient texts there are no temples to lord Brahma, so this temple belongs to one among rare temples of lord Brahma.

Places to visit near Pushkar:

Brahma temple, Papamochini temple, Pushkar lake, Rangji temple, Savitri temple and Panchkund Shiva temple.


Road: Pushkar is well connected, it is about 5-6 kms. from Pushkar Brahma temple. One can easily travel to the temple by catching local auto or taxi.

Rail: Nearest railway station is at Ajmer which is about 15-16 kms.

Air: Although it is not near to the temple but one can drop at Pushkar, Jaipur which is about 135 kms. away from temple.

Note: It is preferred to visit during day time as its out of the city.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Shri Devi Talab Mandir Jalandhar Shakti Peeth Punjab India | 51 Shakti Peethas

Jalandhar Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 shakti peethas situated in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.

  • According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Left Breast” fell down.
  • Local people call goddess with the name “Maa Turatpurni”(one who listens and responds immediately), devotees believe that maa listens devotees wishes when prayed with devotion and fulfills them immediately.
Goddess Sati is called with the name Tripurmalini and lord Shiva in the form of Bhairava is called with Bheeshan. It is said that lord Shiva himself came to the place where goddess Sati body part fell and established (installed) pindi form of idol and he took bhairav form to protect the temple. In later period when Adiguru Shankara Charyulu visited the temple, he realized the body part and covered the part and installed another idol which was found in the pond on top of the original idol.

Art and architecture of the temple is magnificent and there is a beautiful pond built with fresh water. One can see pointed dome type of the roof with golden colour. Flooring is finished with white and black marble with huge courtyard.

When it comes to accommodation, you can avail accommodation starting from Rs. 500. There are hotels which are even expensive with best facilities. If you come out for shopping, Jalandhar is famous for sports equipments, clothes and textiles and jewellery.

Tip: One need to bargain goods to get at lower price or else you will be looted.


Road: There are many buses and auto rikshaw floating to the temple.
Rail: Jalandhar railway station is the nearest railway station.
Air: Amritsar is the nearest airport, from there you need to come to Jalandhar.

Note: During summer season, temperature shoots 40+ degrees.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Hinglaj Devi Temple Nani Mandir Balochistan Pakistan | 51 Shakti Peethas

Hinglaj Devi temple or Nani mandir is one of the Shakti peeth located in a remote hilly area of Lyari Tehsil, Balochistan, Pakistan. Hinglaj temple is on the mountain named Hinglaj on river bank of Hinghol.


    According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where "Bramharandra (part of the head)” fell down.

From our ancient scripts and local people we get to know that Hinglaj Mata is a powerful deity form of Durga who blesses her devotees and fulfill their wishes. Presence of Goddess Hinglaj is been stated in many ancient scripts like Kularnava Tantra, Kubjika Tantra, Tantrachudamani, Shivasharitha. Locally devi is called with different names like Kottari, Kottarisha Kottavi etc. and the Bhairava from of lord Shiva associated with goddess is called with the name Bhimalochan.

We find Hinglaj Devi is made with shapeless stone smeared with Sindhoor. Local Muslims provide security to the temple and call deity with the name Nani Mandir.

Every year during the month of April we find four day annual ceremony. Among four day ceremony, third day is celebrated with great devotion, on this day temple priest chant mantras and invoke gods to accept the offering (3 coconuts) bought by their devotees. Devotees from local and neighbor countries come here to worship. Devotees take all kind of transport systems like buses, private vehicles and even bicycle. Few devotees say that the more austerities we face, the more is the grace of goddess.

Other places of worship: 

Apart from main deity we have lord Ganesh temple, Brahma kundh, Gurugorak Nath Dooni, Chandra Goop, Ramjarokha Bethak, Tir kundh, Aghore pooja etc.


 It is about 250 Kms from Karachi city

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Biraja Temple Jaipur Oddisha | 51 Shakti Peethas

Biraja Temple or Girija kshetra is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas located in Jaipur, Oddisha, India. It is considered as one of the ancient temples, present temple is built in 13th century. Unlike other shakti forms principal idol is seen as dwibhuja murhty (with two hands) with 6 inch height idol. We can see trishul in one hand and tail of mahishashura in other hand.


  • According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Bamonbonsham(Navel)” fell down. It is mentioned even in Tantra Chudamani
  • According to Skanda purana, one who visits this temple get cleansed.

Biraja Temple is not only abode of goddess Parvathi but also you find lord Vishnu in the form of Barahanath and Ghaneshwar. According to locals, lord Brahma performed yagna (present it is called with the name “Brahmakunda” which is located towards North-West side of the Biraja Temple), lord Ishneshwar who is the other form of lord Vishnu emerged out of yagna. You also find small temples of lord Ganesh, Hanuman, Bhusandeshwar, Goddess Bagalamukhi etc. in the premises of the temple complex.

When it comes to accommodations, local government has arranged both A.C and non A.C rooms towards north side of the temple with the name “Panthasala”. Good news is that you find all basic necessities around these rooms.

Rituals and festivals:

Important rituals seen around the year are Sharadiya Durga Puja, Shodasha Dinatatmika Puja which lasts for 16 days, chariot festival called as Simhadhwaja is performed having lion symbol on the flag and Animal sacrifice locally called Balidhanam is performed during the period sukla ashtami to sukla navami. Biraja temple is also known for its oddyana peetha.


Road: You find regular buses floating from Jaipur city (bus stand) which is 3 kilometers.
Train: Keonjhar Railway station is the nearest railway station, from here you need to catch buses to Jaipur
Air: Bhubaneswar Airport is the nearest airport from there one needs to come to Jaipur City.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Guhyeshwari Temple Katmandu Nepal | 51 Shakti Peethas

Guhyeshwari Temple (guhya – Sanskrit meaning secret,  ishwari – goddess) is one of the ancient temples located in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the most reversed temple among tantric worshippers and general Hindus. It is believed to the Shakti chair of  Pashupatinath Temple.


According to the mythology of Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Both Knees” fell down. Maa Sati is worshiped with Guhyeshwari Devi and Bhairav form of lord Shiva as Kapali.

The name “Guhyarupini” is mentioned in Lalitha Sahasranamam which means the form of god which is secret and beyond human perception. Based on the information available Guhyeshwari temple is built during the reign of King Shankar Dev who is a preacher of Tantric art. It was later renovated by king Pratap Malla in 17th Century.

We find tantric rites followed in the temple premises and idols of deity is made of gold and silver. Devotees offer eggs and wine to the goddess to please and fulfil their desires. During the prayer we find several musical instruments are used which were presented to the goddess by king Rana Bhadur.

During the festive season of Navratri, Nepal king along with his family members have a holy bath in Bagmati river and worship goddess. Here Non-Hindus are prohibited from entering into the temple.


  • It is believed that one who marries at Guhyeshwari temple will be soul mates for next 6 births.
  • We find women worshipping goddess to attain full health to her husband.
  • One who worships goddess Guhyeshwari will attain victory over their enemies.


Road: From Katmandu you find regular buses, it’s about 45 minutes of journey.
Rail: Gorakhpur Railway Station is the nearest railway station. You find few trains running from India to Nepal.
Air: Tribhuvan is the nearest International Airport which is about 6 kms from Katmandu.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Mithila Shakti Peeth Uma Devi Nepal | 51 Shakti Peethas

Mithila Shakti peeth of Uma devi is located at Mithila (near Janakpur station) which is on the border of India (Bihar) and Nepal. Locals worship goddess Sati with the names Uma devi or Mahadevi and lord Shiva (Bhairav form) as Mahodar.


According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Left Shoulder” fell down.

Janakpuri/ Mithila is famously known for the birth of goddess Sita (wife of lord Rama) as per Hindu  epic story Ramayana. We find huge temple structure which look like a fort with four towers (minar type structures) and a colour fountain in front of the temple entrance which looks magnificent during night when light falls on it. You also find huge door which is 30 meter in height almost similar to Taj Mahal. Temple premises is surrounded with greenery and looks magnificent when seen from distance.

Many have a misconception that Janaki mandir is Shakti peeth, locals believe that there idols of Uma devi and lord Mahodar in a temple which is located on the mountain rock.

Locals celebrate Ram Navami with great devotion in grand way. Also Navaratri, Karthika pournami, Holi, Durga puja are some of most famous festivals celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. Mithila Shakti peeth remains open from 6.00 A.M to 8.00 P.M. Other temples nearby which are famous are Sona Mai mandir and Mithilachal temple which is popularly known as Durgasthan as per Devi Bhagavathi.     


Road: As Mithila Shakti peeth is located at India border, Darbanga, road connectivity to temple premises is good. We have many buses floating to temple.
Rail: Janakpur railway station is the nearest railway station with is just 1 km from station.
Air: Patna airport is the nearest airport.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Gandaki Shakti Peeth Mukthinath Nepal | 51 Shakti Peethas

Gandaki Shakti peeth or Mukthinath is one of the famous 51 shakti Peethas on the globe. It is located at the banks of river Gandaki, Nepal.


According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where Sati Devi’s “temple” fell down. Sati Devi is worshipped as Gandakichandi (One who can make you overcome obstacles) with her consort lord Shiva as Chakrapani (one who holds chakra – discus)


  • People who have bath in river Gandaki is said to wash away their sins and attain  salvation as the sacred saligram stones which are used to build lord Vishnu temple are present in river Gandaki
  • If there is any unfulfilled desire or wish of an individual they will be fulfilled here once worshipped to goddess Gandaki with devotion.

Mukthinath temple is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters, it is considered as one of the ancient Hindu temples dedicated to lord Vishnu, also one among eight sacred shrines. Tall idol of lord Vishnu is totally made with gold. We find texts mentioned in Vishnu puran about the temple. We find 108 bull faces which spell water through its mouth in the courtyard of the temple. It is considered as sacred resemblance of 108 Sri Vaishnav temples. People say that there are Saligram stones are found deep in Gandaki river.

Navratri and Shivratri are celebrated with great devotion and even yagnas are offered to goddess Gandaki during the festive season of Navratri.


Mukthinath temple is about 125 kms from Pokhara, non Nepali (especially adjacent nation citizens) need to take visa grant to visit the temple. There are few special buses plying from India to Nepal

Road: From Pokhara --> Jamsom, one can hire local private vehicles (personal vehicles are not allowed) or go through trekking.
Air: Nearest airport is from Katmandu.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Jayanthi Nartiang Durga Temple Meghalaya | 51 Shakti Peethas

Jayanthi (goddess of vicotry) or Nartiang Durga Temple located at Nartiang Village, Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya is one of the ancient 51 Shakti Peethas. According to the temple legend it is older than 500 years. Nartiang is also called as garden of Monoliths as you can find stone pillars scattered. Once this was summer capital of king Jaintia and under his regime (16th century) this temple was built. 

Legend: According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where Sati Devi’s “Chin” left thigh. Here goddess is also worshipped with the name Jainteshwari with her consort lord Shiva as Kramadishwar.

Another story states that one of the kings of Jaintia family named Jaso Manik married daughter of Hindu Koch king Nara Narayana and this lead the king to accept Hinduism. And in this context goddess appeared in the dreams of king Jaso Manik and ordered him to erect a temple on the hills.

As the temple is built on the top of the hill, temple architecture is planned in such a way that one can see river Myundu from below. We have a ritual sacrificial pier named Boli Garbha at the basement of the temple and its connected by a tunnel to river. This temple uses blend of Khasi and Hindu religious traditions.


  • One can find ancient guns used by kings.
  • Sill 19th century human sacrifice was more prevalent. According to texts, human head was beheaded and rolled into the river through tunnel. (Now sacrifices are done by wearing human mask to goats).
  • Priesthood is passed over generations from single family.
  • During the festival of Durga, entire temple is decorated with marigold flowers and deity is presented with new clothes.
  • Taking forward Khasi tradition, Utsav murthy is made with banana trunk and worshiped, then immersed (Visarjan) in Myundi river


Road: It is 65 kilometres from Shillong towards the east.
Rail: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station and is around 200 kms.
Air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport which is  located in Guwahati is the nearest International Airport

Friday, 20 November 2015

Saptashrungi Badrakali Temple Nasik Maharashtra | 51 Shakti Peethas

Saptashrungi  Badrakali Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas located at Nasik, Maharashtra, India. Goddess is called with different names like Bhramari, Chibuka (the one with the chin) and Saptashrungi (Goddess who have seven arms) lord Bhairava associated with goddess is called with the name Vikritaksh or Sarvasiddhish (lord to fulfil all desires). Goddess is said to be swayambhu (self-manifested) who is 10 feet tall with 18 hands holding weapons.


According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where Sati Devi’s “Chin” fell down.

Devotees believe that Bhramari Devi is equivalent to million dark suns as she is surrounded with black bees. Also it is believed that the sound produced by black bees sound like beej mantra “Hring”. Because of her brilliant dark nature she is also called with Kalika or Badrakali who destroys egoistic demons.

There is another saying that goddess created thousands of black bees to kill demon named Aruna who was blessed by lord Brahma not to be killed by any living creature which has legs, wings, weapons etc. ignoring bees. In another belief goddess is called as Mahishasur Mardini, goddess who slayed demon named Mahishasur when he took the form of buffalo. Hence we can still find stone made buffalo head at the foot of the hill.

Goddess is always coated with sindhoor like lord Hanuman which locals believe to be auspicious. She is dressed with precious ornaments made with silver nose ring and gold items. As per ancient texts lord Rama  along with goddess Sita came here to seek Bhramari Devi blessing.


Road: Badrakali Temple located in Vani village is 40 kms. away from Nasik city. Which is well connected with all kinds of transport facilities.
Rail: Nasik is the nearest railway station.
Air: Mumbai is the nearest airport which is 185 kms. from Nasik