Shakthi Peeth is a place of worship of Shakti or Devi, the female representation of divine power in Hinduism. It is believed that these places of worship, scattered around Indian subcontinent are the places where the body parts of Lord Shiva’s concert Sati has fallen after Lord Vishnu cut through her corps with his Sudarshana Chakra.
The Legend of Shakthi Peethas
Sati, the consort of Shiva was the daughter of Daksha Prajaapati . Sati married Shiva against the wishes of her father. Daksha performed a great yagna (with the sole aim of insulting Shiva), to which he invited all of the gods and goddesses except his son in law Shiva. Sati had expressed her desire to attend the Yagna to Shiva who had tried his best to dissuade her from going. Shiva eventually allowed her to go escorted by his Bhooth ganas (followers). But Daksha did not respect the uninvited guest. Moreover he insulted Shiva in front of others . Unable to bear the insult Sati immolated herself by jumping into the Yagna fire. Enraged at the insult and the injury, Shiva destroyed Daksha’s sacrifice, cut off Daksha’s head, and replaced it with that of a goat as he restored him to life. Still crazed with grief, he picked up the remains of Sati’s body, and danced the dance of destruction through the Universe. Fearing that his Krodh will destroy the world, Lord Vishnu intervened to stop the dance. Vishnu with his Sudarshana Chakra, cut through the corpse of Sati. The body parts of Sati fell at several places in Indian subcontinent which includes Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Tibet. These places become centres of Devi Worship, and is known as Devi peethas.
Below are the 53 Devi Peethas