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Shakti Peethas - in sanskrit with meaning

- from Peetha Nirnaya texts. There are variations.
शक्ति पीठ
Shakti Peethas

Devi
Devi

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय
vakratunndda mahaakaaya
ईश्वर उवाच
मातः परात्परे देवि सर्वज्ञानमयीश्वरि
कथ्यतां मे सर्वपीठशक्तिभैरवदेवताः ॥१॥
Iishvara Uvaaca |
Maatah Paraatpare Devi Sarva-Jnyaanamayi-[I]ishvari |
Kathyataam Me Sarva-Piittha-Shakti-Bhairava-Devataah ||1||

Meaning:
Ishwara said:
1.1: The Mother Who is the Paratpara (superior to the best), Who is the Devi having all Knowledge within Her, ...
1.2: ... told me about all the Shakti Peethas along with the Bhairava Devatas (Shiva),

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Devi
देव्युवाच
शृणु वत्स प्रवक्ष्यामि दयाल भक्तवत्सल
याभिर्विना सिध्यन्ति जपसाधनसत्क्रियाः ॥२॥
Devy[i]-Uvaaca |
Shrnnu Vatsa Pravakssyaami Dayaala Bhaktavatsala |
Yaabhir-Vinaa Na Sidhyanti Japa-Saadhana-Satkriyaah ||2||

Meaning:
The Devi said:
2.1: Listen, My Son, I relate to you about the merciful Mother Who is compassionate to the Devotees,
2.2: Without taking recourse to Her - Japa, Sadhana and meritorious deeds do not bear fruits,

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Devi
पञ्चाशदेकपीठानि एवं भैरवदेवताः
अङ्गप्रत्यङ्गपातेन विष्णुचक्रक्षतेन
ममाद्यवपुषो देव हिताय त्वयि कथ्यते ॥३॥
Pan.caashad-Eka-Piitthaani Evam Bhairava-Devataah |
Angga-Pratyangga-Paatena Vissnnu-Cakra-Kssatena Ca
Mama-Adya-Vapusso Deva Hitaaya Tvayi Kathyate ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: The Fifty One Shakti Peethas along with the Bhairava Devatas, ...
3.2: ... created by falling of Body parts, being cut by the Chakra (Discus) of Vishnu, ...
3.3: ... My Wonderful beginning (i.e. initial cause of manifestation in Shakti Peethas), is being spoken to you for the welfare of the Devas,

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Devi
ब्रह्मरन्ध्रं हिङ्गुलायां भैरवो भीमलोचनः
कोट्टरी सा महादेव त्रिगुणा या दिगम्बरी ॥४॥
Brahmarandhram Hinggulaayaam Bhairavo Bhiimalocanah |
Kottttarii Saa Mahaa-Deva Trigunnaa Yaa Digambarii ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: My Brahmarandhra (aperture in the crown of the head, here signifying top of the Head) fell at Hingulaa, where the Bhairava is Bhimalocana (literally meaning with fearful eyes),
4.2: There She is known as Kottari; She, the Great God is the embodiment of the Three Gunas and is Digambari (literally meaning directions are whose clothes),

Devi Kottari at Hingula Shakti Peetha:

Devi Hinglaj, Balochistan, Pakistan Puranic Event:
Devi's Brahmarandhra (Top of the Head) fell at Hingula where She is known as Kottari and the Bhairava is called Bhimalocana.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Hingula Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Hinglaj cave temple located in Balochistan, in the Lasbela district of Pakistan. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Hingol within a natural cave. The idol of Hinglaj Mata is a natural stone.


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Devi
करवीरे त्रिनेत्रं मे देवी महिषमर्दिनी
क्रोधीशो भैरवस्तत्र सुगन्धायाञ्च नासिका ॥५॥
Karaviire Tri-Netram Me Devii Mahissamardinii |
Krodhiisho Bhairavas-Tatra Sugandhaayaan.-Ca Naasikaa ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: At Karavira, My Trinetra (Three Eyes) fell; where the Devi is Mahishamardini (literally meaning destroyer of demon Mahishasura), ...
5.2: ... and the Bhairava there is Krodhisa (literally meaning possessor of anger); At Sugandha My Naasika (Nose) fell, ...

Devi Mahishamardini at Karavira Shakti Peetha:

Devi Mahalakshmi, Kohlapur, Maharashtra Devi Mahalakshmi temple, Kohlapur, Maharashtra Puranic Event:
Devi's Trinetra (Three Eyes) fell at Karavira where She is known as Mahishamardini and the Bhairava is called Krodhisa.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Karavira Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Mahalakshmi temple of Kohlapur in Kohlapur district of Maharashtra. Kohlapur city is situated on the bank of river Panchaganga and is known as Dakshin Kashi.

Legend of Kohlasura:
The famous Mahalakshmi Temple of Kohlapur is associated with the legend of Kohlasura from which the city derives its name. The legend also explains the name Karavira.

Lord Brahma had three mind-born sons - Gaya, Lavana and Kohla. They became very powerful by the blessings of their father as well as Lord Shiva. However because of their atrocities, Gaya and Lavana was killed by Lord Vishnu with the assistance of the gods.

The youngest son Kohla became the king of Kohlapur. To take revenge of the death of his brothers, he undertook severe penance at the Kohlagiri mountain. Lord Brahma bestowed on him rich blessings.

In the meantime, when Kohlasura left his capital to perform penance, a demon by name Sukeshi took over the capital. The demon was adharmic by nature and he was bent on uprooting dharma by demolishing temples and ashrams. The gods were waiting for Kohlasura to come back after penance and kill Sukeshi. As expected, when Kohlasura returned to his capital he slewed Sukeshi and installed his eldest son Karavira as the king of Kohlapur.

Karavira was adharmic by nature similar to Sukeshi. Above this he sought to take revenge of the death of his uncles. He started creating havoc by harassing the sages and the brahmins. The sages sought the refuge of the Tridevas Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. In a fierce battle Shiva slew Karavira. Before his death Karavira sought the boon of naming the city after him as Karavira Nagar.

Kohlasura became furious when he heard about the death of his son. He wanted to take revenge of it. He thought that as long as Goddess Mahalakshmi resided in the capital he cannot defeat the gods because they derived their power from Her. Therefore Kohlasura undertook severe penance and pleased the Goddess. As a boon he requested Her to leave Kohlapur for a hundred years. The Devi acceded and proceeded towards the Himalayas.

After the departure of the Devi, Kohlasura wrecked havoc with his acts of destruction of dharma. The gods sought the refuge of Tridevas - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. They in turn sought the help of the Goddess. The Devi could do nothing due to Her promise till hundred years of Her exile elapsed. When hundred years elapsed, She marched towards Kohlapur wth an army of gods taking Her terrible eighteen-armed form. In the battle that ensued She killed Kohlasura. Before his death, Kohlasura sought three boons from Her. Firstly, the place of his death will become a pilgrimage. Secondly the Goddess should reside there and the place should be known as Kohlapur after his name. Thirdly, every year the fruit Kohala should be cut ceremonially in his honour. The Devi granted his boons and have him Mukti.



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Devi
देवस्त्र्यम्बकनामा सुनन्दा तत्र देवता ॥६॥
Devas-Tryambaka-Naamaa Ca Sunandaa Tatra Devataa ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: ... The Deva (i.e. Bhairava) there (i.e. at Sugandha) is known as Tryambaka (literally meaning with three eyes) and Devata (i.e. Devi) there is Sunanda (literally meaning pleasing or delighting),

Devi Sunanda at Sugandha Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Naasika (Nose) fell at Sugandha where She is known as Sunanda and the Bhairava is called Tryambaka.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Sugandha Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Ugratara (or Sunanda) temple of Shikarpur in Barishal district of Bangladesh. The Shakti Peetha is located near the bank of river Sunanda.


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Devi
काश्मीरे कण्ठदेशञ्च त्रिसन्ध्येश्वरभैरवः
महामाया भगवती गुणातीता वरप्रदा ॥७॥
Kaashmiire Kannttha-Deshan.ca Trisandhyeshvara-Bhairavah |
Mahaamaayaa Bhagavatii Gunna-Atiitaa Vara-Pradaa ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: At Kashmira, My Kanthadesha (Region of the Neck) fell; the Bhairava there is known as Trisandheyeswara (literally meaning the Lord of the three divisions of the day - dawn, noon and sunset),
7.2: The Goddess there is known as Mahamaya (literally meaning the great enchantress), and She is beyond the three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) and giver of boons,

Devi Mahamaya at Kashmira Shakti Peetha:

Devi Mahamaya, Amarnath, Jammu & Kashmir Puranic Event:
Devi's Kanthadesha (Region of the Neck) fell at Kashmira where She is known as Mahamaya and the Bhairava is called Trisandheyeswara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kashmira Shakti Peetha is identified with Amarnath cave temple located in the Anantanag district of Jammu & Kashmir. Amarnath cave is around 48 km from Pahalgam and at an altitude of about 3888 m. The cave contains a natural Shiva Lingam formed from ice which becomes smaller and bigger in different seasons.


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Devi
ज्वालामुख्यां तथा जिह्वा देव उन्मत्तभैरवः
अम्बिका सिद्धिदा नाम्नी स्तनं जालन्धरे मम ॥८॥
Jvaalaamukhyaam Tathaa Jihvaa Deva Unmatta-Bhairavah |
Ambikaa Siddhidaa Naamnii Stanam Jaalandhare Mama ||8||

Meaning:
8.1: At Jwalamukhi in like manner My Jihvaa (Tongue) fell; the Deva there is known as Unmatta Bhairava (literally meaning Bhairava who is furious with intoxication or passion),
8.2: The Ambika (Mother) there is known by the name Siddhidaa (literally meaning giver of Siddhi); My Stana (Breast) fell at Jalandhara, ...

Devi Siddhidaa at Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha:

Devi Jwalamukhi, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh Devi Jwalamukhi temple, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Jihvaa (Tongue) fell at Jwalamukhi where She is known as Siddhidaa and the Bhairava is called Unmatta.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Jwalamukhi temple in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. There is no idol of the Devi. An eternally burning shining blue flame which emanates from the rock sanctum is considered as the manifestation of the Goddess. There are several other flames which are considered as manifestations of different Goddesses.


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Devi
भीषणो भैरवस्तत्र देवी त्रिपुरमालिनी ॥९॥
Bhiissanno Bhairavastatra Devii Tripuramaalinii ||9||

Meaning:
9.1: ... There (i.e. at Jalandhara), the Bhairava is known as Bhisana (literally meaning terrible). and the Devi is known as Trupuramalini (literally meaning garlanding the three regions),

Devi Tripuramalini at Jalandhara Shakti Peetha:

Devi Tripuramalini, Jalandhar, Punjab Devi Talab Mandir, Jalandhar, Punjab Puranic Event:
Devi's Stana (Breast) fell at Jalandhara where She is known as Trupuramalini and the Bhairava is called Bhisana.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Jalandhara Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Talab Mandir of Jalandhar in Jalandhar district of Punjab.


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Devi
हार्दपीठं वैद्यनाथे वैद्यनाथस्तु भैरवः
देवता जयदुर्गाख्या नेपाले जानु मे शिव ॥१०॥
Haarda-Piittham Vaidyanaathe Vaidyanaathas-Tu Bhairavah |
Devataa Jayadurga-[A]akhyaa Nepaale Jaanu Me Shiva ||10||

Meaning:
10.1: The Peetha where My Hridaya (Heart) fell is Vaidyanatha, and the Bhairava there is (also) known as Vaidyanatha (literally meaning the Lord of the Vedas or Lord of the Medicines),
10.2: The Devata (implying Devi) there is known as Jaya Durga (literally meaning Durga Who is victorious); At Nepal, My auspicious Janu (Knee) had fallen, ...

Devi Jaya Durga at Vaidyanatha Shakti Peetha:

Devi Jayadurga, Baidyanath Dham, Jharkhand Puranic Event:
Devi's Hridaya (Heart) fell at Vaidyanatha where She is known as Jaya Durga and the Bhairava is called Vaidyanatha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Vaidyanatha Shakti Peetha is identified with Baidyanath Dham (popularly called Baba Dham) in the Deogarh district of Jharkhand. This is also a Jyotirlinga. The shrine of Devi is located within the Baidyanath Dham Jyotirlinga temple complex.


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Devi
कपाली भैरवः श्रीमान् महामाया देवता ॥११॥
Kapaalii Bhairavah Shriimaan Mahaamaayaa Ca Devataa ||11||

Meaning:
11.1: ... The revered Bhairava there (i.e. at Nepala) is known as Kapali (literally meaning wearing a garland of skulls or carrying a begging bowl), and the Devata (implying Devi) there is known as Mahamaya (literally meaning the great enchantress),

Devi Mahamaya at Nepala Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Janu (Knee) fell at Nepala where She is known as Mahamaya and the Bhairava is called Kapali.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Nepala Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Guhyeshwari temple at Pashupatinath in the Kathmandu district of Nepal. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Bagmati.


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Devi
मानसे दक्षहस्तो मे देवी दाक्षायणी हर
अमरो भैरवस्तत्र सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायकः ॥१२॥
Maanase Dakssa-Hasto Me Devii Daakssaayannii Hara |
Amaro Bhairavas-Tatra Sarva-Siddhi-Pradaayakah ||12||

Meaning:
12.1: At Manasa, My Daksha Hasta (Right Hand) fell; the Devi there is known as Dakshayani (literally meaning the daughter of Daksha); the Hara (Shiva) ...
12.2: ... there is Amara Bhairava (literally meaning immortal); The Devi there is the giver of all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments),

Devi Dakshayani at Manasa Shakti Peetha:

Lake Mansarovar, Tibet Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Hasta (Right Hand) fell at Manasa where She is known as Dakshayani and the Bhairava is called Amara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Manasa Shakti Peetha is identified with the region of lake Mansarovar in Tibet.


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Devi
उत्कले नाभिदेशञ्च विरजाक्षेत्रमुच्यते
विमला सा महादेवी जगन्नाथस्तु भैरवः ॥१३॥
Utkale Naabhi-Deshan.-Ca Virajaakssetram-Ucyate |
Vimalaa Saa Mahaa-Devii Jagannaathas-Tu Bhairavah ||13||

Meaning:
13.1: At Utkala, the portion of My Nabhi (Navel) fell, and the place is known as Viraja Kshetra,
13.2: The Mahadevi (Great Goddess) there is known as Vimala (literally meaning stainless, spotless, pure), and the Bhairava there is Jagannatha (literally meaning the Lord of the World),

Devi Vimala at Viraja Kshetra (Utkala) Shakti Peetha:

Devi Vimala at Puri, Orissa Puranic Event:
Devi's Nabhi (Navel) fell at Utkala where She is known as Vimala and the Bhairava is called Jagannatha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Viraja Kshetra Shakti Peetha at Utkala is identified with Puri Jagannath temple located in the Puri district of Orissa. The Shakti Peetha is located within the Jagannatha temple complex.


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Devi
गण्डक्यां गण्डपातञ्च तत्र सिद्धिर्न संशयः
तत्र सा गण्डकी चण्डी चक्रपाणिस्तु भैरवः ॥१४॥
Gannddakyaam Ganndda-Paatan.-Ca Tatra Siddhir-Na Samshayah |
Tatra Saa Gannddakii Cannddii Cakrapaannis-Tu Bhairavah ||14||

Meaning:
14.1: At Gandaki My Ganda (Cheek) fell, and in that place there is no doubt about attainment of Siddhi (spiritual accomplishements),
14.2: There, She is known as Gandaki Chandi (literally Chandi at Gandaki; Gandaki is the name of the river at Muktinath), and Bhairava is known as Chakrapani (literally meaning with Chakra or discuss in hand),

Devi Gandaki Chandi at Gandaki Shakti Peetha:

Muktinath Dham, Nepal Puranic Event:
Devi's Ganda (Cheek) fell at Gandaki where She is known as Gandaki Chandi and the Bhairava is called Chakrapani.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Gandaki Shakti Peetha is identified with the region of Muktinath in the Mustang district of Nepal. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Gandaki.


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Devi
बहुलायां वामबाहुर्बहुलाख्या देवता
भीरुको भैरवस्तत्र सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायकः ॥१५॥
Bahulaayaam Vaama-Baahur-Bahula-[A]akhyaa Ca Devataa |
Bhiiruko Bhairavas-Tatra Sarva-Siddhi-Pradaayakah ||15||

Meaning:
15.1: At Bahula My Vama Bahu (Left Arm) fell, and there the Devata (implying Devi) is known as Bahula (literally meaning abundant or the creator of abundance),
15.2: There, the Bhairava is called as Bhiruka (literally meaning the creator of fear); The Devi is the giver of all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishements),

Devi Bahula at Bahula Shakti Peetha:

Devi Bahula temple, Ketugram, Bardhaman, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Vama Bahu (Left Arm) fell at Bahula where She is known as Bahula and the Bhairava is called Bhiruka.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Bahula Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Bahula temple in the Ketugram village of the Bardhaman district of West Bengal. The place is near Katwa.


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Devi
उज्जयिन्यां कूर्परञ्च माङ्गल्य कपिलाम्बरः
भैरवः सिद्धिदः साक्षाद्देवी मङ्गलचण्डिका ॥१६॥
Ujjayinyaam Kuurparan.-Ca Maanggalya Kapilaambarah
Bhairavah Siddhi-Dah Saakssaad-Devii Manggalacannddikaa ||16||

Meaning:
16.1: At Ujjayini My auspicious Kurpara (Elbow) fell; Kapilambara (literally meaning wearing red clothes) is the ...
16.2: ... Bhairava; there Devi Mangala Chandika (Auspicious Chandika) visibly gives Siddhi (spiritual accomplishments),

Devi Mangala Chandika at Ujjayini Shakti Peetha:

Devi Harsiddhi, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh Devi Harsiddhi temple, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Kurpara (Elbow) fell at Ujjayini where She is known as Mangala Chandika and the Bhairava is called Kapilambara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Ujjayini Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Harsiddhi mandir at Ujjain (near Rudrasagar), in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh.


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Devi
चट्टले दक्षबाहुर्मे भैरवञ्चन्द्रशेखरः
व्यक्तरूपा भगवती भवानी यत्र देवता
विशेषतः कलियुगे वसामि चन्द्रशेखरे ॥१७॥
Cattttale Dakssa-Baahur-Me Bhairavan.-Candrashekharah |
Vyakta-Ruupaa Bhagavatii Bhavaanii Yatra Devataa |
Vishessatah Kaliyuge Vasaami Candrashekhare ||17||

Meaning:
17.1: At Chattala, My Daksha Bahu (Right Arm) fell, and there the Bhairava is known as Chandrasekhara (literally meaning with moon on the head),
17.2: Here, the Bhagavati abides in the visibly manifested form as Bhavani (literally meaning one who brings into existence),
17.3: Especially in Kaliyuga, I abide in Chandrasekhara (in My visibly manifested form),

Devi Bhavani at Cattala Shakti Peetha:

Devi Bhavani temple, Sitakuna, Chittagong, Bangladesh Devi Bhavani temple, Sitakuna, Chittagong, Bangladesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Bahu (Right Arm) fell at Cattala where She is known as Bhavani and the Bhairava is called Chandrasekhara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Cattala Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Bhavani temple at Sitakunda town, in the Chittagong district of Bangladesh. The Shakti Peetha is located on top of the Chandranath (Chandrasekhara) hill.


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Devi
त्रिपुरायां दक्षपादो देवी त्रिपुरसुन्दरी
भैरवस्त्रिपुरेशञ्च सर्वाभीष्टप्रदायकः ॥१८॥
Tripuraayaam Dakssa-Paado Devii Tripurasundarii |
Bhairavas-Tripureshan.-Ca Sarva-Abhiisstta-Pradaayakah ||18||

Meaning:
18.1: At Tripura My Daksha Pada (Right Foot) fell, and the Devi there is known as Tripurasundari (literally meaning one whose beauty pervades the three divisions),
18.2: The Bhairava there is called Tripuresha (literally meaning the lord of the three divisons); The Devi grants all wishes of the devotees,

Devi Tripurasundari at Tripura Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Pada (Right Foot) fell at Tripura where She is known as Tripurasundari and the Bhairava is called Tripuresha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Tripura Shakti Peetha is identified with the Matabari mandir near Udaipur town, in the South Tripura district of Tripura.


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Devi
त्रिस्रोतायां वामपादो भ्रामरी भैरवेश्वरः ॥१९॥
Trisrotaayaam Vaama-Paado Bhraamarii Bhairave[a-Ii]shvarah ||19||

Meaning:
19.1: At Trisrota My Vama Pada (Left Foot) fell and the Devi there is known as Bhramari (literally meaning one who takes the form of a bee); And the Bhairava there is called Ishwara (literally meaning the lord),

Devi Bhramari at Trisrota Shakti Peetha:

Devi Bhramari, Shalbari, Falakata, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal Devi Bhramari temple, Shalbari, Falakata, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Vama Pada (Left Foot) fell at Trisrota where She is known as Bhramari and the Bhairava is called Ishwara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Trisrota Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Bhramari temple at Shalbari village, Falakata, in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Tista (or Teesta).


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Devi
योनिपीठं कामगिरौ कामाख्या तत्र देवता
यत्रास्ते त्रिगुणातीता रक्तपाषाणरूपिणी ॥२०॥
Yoni-Piittham Kaamagirau Kaamaakhyaa Tatra Devataa |
Yatraaste Tri-Gunna-Atiitaa Rakta-Paassaanna-Ruupinnii ||20||

Meaning:
20.1: At Kamagiri is the Seat of My Yoni (Generative Organ); the Devata (implying Devi) there is known as Kamakhya (literally meaning the desire of creation),
20.2: Here, the Devi Who is beyond the Three Gunas has taken the form of Rakta Paashaan (Red Stone),

Devi Kamakhya at Kamagiri Shakti Peetha:

Devi Kamakhya, Kamrupa, Assam Devi Kamakhya, Kamrupa, Assam Puranic Event:
Devi's Yoni (Generative Organ) fell at Kamagiri where She is known as Kamakhya and the Bhairava is called Umananda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kamagiri Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Kamakhya temple in the Kamrup district of Assam. The Shakti Peetha is located on the Nilachala hill.


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Devi
यत्रास्ते माधवः साक्षादुमानन्दोऽथ भैरवः
सर्वदा विहरेद्देवी तत्र मुक्तिर्न संशयः ॥२१॥
Yatraas-Te Maadhavah Saakssaad-Umaanando[a-A]tha Bhairavah |
Sarvadaa Vihared-Devii Tatra Muktirna Samshayah ||21||

Meaning:
21.1: Here, the visible Madhava (implying Shiva) is indeed the Umananda Bhairava (literally meaning the joy of Uma),
21.2: There (i.e. at Kamakhya), the Devi is always present, (and so) there is no doubt about attaining Mukti (Liberation),

The Kamagiri Shakti Peetha continued.


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Devi
तत्र श्रीभैरवी देवी तत्र क्षेत्रदेवता
प्रचण्डचण्डिका तत्र मातङ्गी त्रिपुराम्बिका
वगला कमला तत्र भुवनेशी सधूमिनी ॥२२॥
Tatra Shriibhairavii Devii Tatra Ca Kssetra-Devataa |
Pracannddacannddikaa Tatra Maatanggii Tripuraambikaa |
Vagalaa Kamalaa Tatra Bhuvaneshii Sa-Dhuuminii ||22||

Meaning:
22.1: There, the Devi is also present as Sri Bhairavi, there the Devi is also present as Kshetra Devata,
22.2: There, the Devi is also present as Pracanda Chandika, there the Devi is also present as Matangi and Tripurambika,
22.3: There, the Devi is also present as Vagala or Bagala and Kamala, and Bhuvaneshi along with Dhumini,

The Kamagiri Shakti Peetha continued.


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Devi
एतानि परपीठानि शंसन्ति वरभैरवाः
एवं तु देवताः सर्वा एवं तु दश भैरवाः ॥२३॥
Etaani Para-Piitthaani Shamsanti Vara-Bhairavaah |
Evam Tu Devataah Sarvaa Evam Tu Dasha Bhairavaah ||23||

Meaning:
23.1: All these other Peethas are extolled along with the great Bhairavas,
23.2: Thus, in this way, She indeed is present as Devatas (Godheads) in all forms, along with the Ten Bhairavas,

The Kamagiri Shakti Peetha continued.


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Devi
सर्वत्र विरला चाहं कामरूपे गृहे गृहे
गौरि शिखरमारुह्य पुनर्जन्म विद्यते ॥२४॥
Sarvatra Viralaa Ca-Aham Kaama-Ruupe Grhe Grhe |
Gauri Shikharam-Aaruhya Punar-Janma Na Vidyate ||24||

Meaning:
24.1: (Although) Everywhere I am indeed rare (i.e. difficult to be found), but in Kamarupa I am in every house,
24.2: Those who ascend the Gauri Shikhara hill, for them rebirth will not take place,

The Kamagiri Shakti Peetha continued.


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Devi
करतोयां समारम्य यावद्दिक्करवासिनीम्
शतयोजनविस्तीर्णं त्रिकोणं सर्वसिद्धिदम्
देवा मरणमिच्छन्ति किं पुनर्मानवादयः ॥२५॥
Karatoyaam Samaaramya Yaavad-Dikkaravaasiniim |
Shata-Yojana-Vistiirnnam Trikonnam Sarva-Siddhidam |
Devaa Marannam-Icchanti Kim Punar-Maanava-[A]adayah ||25||

Meaning:
25.1: The land of Karatoya beautifully spreads as far as the abode of Dikkaravasini,
25.2: It spreads out hundred yajanas in the form of a triangle which grants all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments),
25.3: Even the Devas wish to die there, what then to speak of Manavas (human beings),

The Kamagiri Shakti Peetha continued.


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Devi
क्षीरग्रामे महामाया भैरवः क्षीरखण्डकः
युगद्या सा महामाया दक्षाङ्गुष्ठं पदो मम ॥२६॥
Kssiiragraame Mahaamaayaa Bhairavah Kssiirakhannddakah |
Yugadyaa Saa Mahaamaayaa Dakssa-Anggussttham Pado Mama ||26||

Meaning:
26.1: At Kshiragrama, the Mahamaya abides; the Bhairava there is called Kshirakhandaka (literally meaning a piece of kshira or condensed milk),
26.2: The Mahamaya there is known as Yugadaya (literally meaning one who begins the yuga); there the Daksha Angushtha (Right Toe) of my Pada (Foot) has fallen,

Devi Yugadaya at Kshiragrama Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Angushtha (Right Toe) fell at Kshiragrama where She is known as Yugadaya and the Bhairava is called Kshirakhandaka.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kshiragrama Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Yogadaya temple at Kshiragram village in Bardhaman district of West Bengal.


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Devi
नकुलीशः कालीपीठे दक्षपादाङ्गुली मे
सर्वसिद्धिकरी देवी कालिका तत्र देवता ॥२७॥
Nakuliishah Kaaliipiitthe Dakssa-Paada-Anggulii Ca Me |
Sarva-Siddhi-Karii Devii Kaalikaa Tatra Devataa ||27||

Meaning:
27.1: The Bhairava is called Nakuleesha at Kalipitha, where My Daksha Pada Anguli (Fingers of My Right Foot) fell,
27.2: There the Devi gives all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments), and there the Devata (implying Devi) is known as Kalika (literally meaning the dark goddess),

Devi Kalika at Kalipitha Shakti Peetha:

Devi Kali, Kalighat, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Pada Anguli (Fingers of Right Foot) fell at Kalipitha where She is known as Kalika and the Bhairava is called Nakuleesha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kalipitha Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Kali temple at Kalighat in the Kolkata district of West Bengal. The Shakti Peetha is located within the city of Kolkata.


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Devi
अङ्गुलीवृन्दं हस्तस्य प्रयागे ललिता भवः
जयन्त्यां वामजङ्घा जयन्ती क्रमदीश्वरः ॥२८॥
Anggulii-Vrndam Hastasya Prayaage Lalitaa Bhavah |
Jayantyaam Vaama-Jangghaa Ca Jayantii Kramadiishvarah ||28||

Meaning:
28.1: The Anguli Vrinda (Group of Fingers) of My Hand fell at Prayaga; there the Devi is known as Lalitha (literally meaning one who is playful) and the Bhairava is called Bhavah (literally meaning the essence of existence),
28.2: At Jayanti My Vama Jangha (Left Shank) fell; there the Devi is known as Jayanti (literally meaning one who is victorious) and the Bhairava is called Kramadeeshwara (literally meaning the lord who makes the world move forward),

Devi Lalitha at Prayaga Shakti Peetha:

Devi Alopi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Devi Alopi temple, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Devi Lalita, Mirapur, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Anguli Vrinda (Group of Fingers) fell at Prayaga where She is known as Lalitha and the Bhairava is called Bhavah.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Prayaga Shakti Peetha is identified two temples. The first is the Devi Alopi temple at Allahabad in the Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The temple does not have any idol. A wooden jhula above a marble platform is considered the goddess. The second is the Lalita Devi temple in the Mirapur locality. It has an ancient Pipal tree in its compound.. Prayaga lies in the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and hidden Saraswati.

Devi Jayanti at Jayanti Shakti Peetha:

Devi Durga temple, Nartiang, Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya Puranic Event:
Devi's Vama Jangha (Left Shank) fell at Jayanti where She is known as Jayanti and the Bhairava is called Kramadeeshwara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Jayanti Shakti Peetha is often identified with the Devi Durga temple in Nartiang, in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. The temple is located in the Jaintia hills.


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Devi
भुवनेशी सिद्धिरूपा किरीटस्था किरीटतः
देवता विमला नाम्नी संवर्त्तो भैरवस्तथा ॥२९॥
Bhuvaneshii Siddhi-Ruupaa Kiriitta-Sthaa Kiriittatah
Devataa Vimalaa Naamnii Samvartto Bhairavas-Tathaa ||29||

Meaning:
29.1: The Goddess of the Universe Who is of the form of Siddhi (i.e. Who grants spiritual accomplishments) abides in Kirita where My Kirita (Diadem) had fallen,
29.2: The Devata (implying Devi) there is named as Vimala (literally meaning one who is stainless and pure), and the Bhairava is Samvarta (literally meaning one who brings about dissolution of creation),

Devi Vimala at Kirita Shakti Peetha:

Devi Kiriteshwari, Dahapara, Murshidabad, West Bengal Devi Kiriteshwari temple, Dahapara, Murshidabad, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Kirita (Diadem) fell at Kirita where She is known as Vimala and the Bhairava is called Samvarta.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kirita Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Kiriteshwari temple at Dahapara in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.


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Devi
वाराणस्यां विशालाक्षी देवता कालभैरवः
मणिकर्णीति विख्याता कुण्डलं मम श्रुतेः ॥३०॥
Vaaraannasyaam Vishaalaakssii Devataa Kaalabhairavah |
Mannikarnnii-[I]ti Vikhyaataa Kunnddalam Ca Mama Shruteh ||30||

Meaning:
30.1: At Varanasi, the Devata (implying Devi) is known as Vishalakshi (literally meaning with large eyes), and the Bhairava is called Kalabhairava,
30.2: There, where My Kundala (Ear-Ring) fell, is well-known as "Manikarni",

Devi Vishalakshi at Varanasi Shakti Peetha:

Devi Vishalakshi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Ghats at Kashi near the temple Puranic Event:
Devi's Kundala (Ear-Ring) fell at Varanasi where She is known as Vishalakshi and the Bhairava is called Kalabhairava.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Varanasi Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Vishalakshi temple at Varanasi (or Kashi) in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Ganga, near the Mir Ghat at Varanasi. Another ghat known as Manikarnika Ghat is identified with the place where the ear-rings of Devi fell.


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Devi
कन्याश्रमे पृष्ठं मे निमिषो भैरवस्तथा
सर्वाणी देवता तत्र कुरुक्षेत्रे गुल्फतः ॥३१॥
Kanyaashrame Ca Prssttham Me Nimisso Bhairavas-Tathaa |
Sarvaannii Devataa Tatra Kurukssetre Ca Gulphatah ||31||

Meaning:
31.1: At Kanyashrama, My Pristha (Back) fell, and the Bhairava there is called Nimisha (literally meaning a moment of time),
31.2: The Devata (implying Devi) there is known as Sarvani (literally meaning the wife of Shiva); At Kurukshetra My Gulpha (Ankle) fell, ...

Devi Sarvani at Kanyashrama Shakti Peetha:

Devi Kanyakumari, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu Devi Kanyakumari temple, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu Puranic Event:
Devi's Pristha (Back) fell at Kanyashrama where She is known as Sarvani and the Bhairava is called Nimisha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kanyashrama Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Kanyakumari temple in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. The Shakti Peetha is identified with the Bhadrakali shrine within the temple complex. Kanyakumari is at the southermost part of India where the three seas meet - Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea and the Indian ocean.


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Devi
स्थाणुर्नाम्ना सावित्री देवता मणिवेदके
मणिबन्धे गायत्री सर्वानन्दस्तु भैरवः ॥३२॥
Sthaannur-Naamnaa Ca Saavitrii Devataa Mannivedake |
Mannibandhe Ca Gaayatrii Sarva-[A]anandas-Tu Bhairavah ||32||

Meaning:
32.1: ... and there (i.e. at Kurukshetra) the Bhairava is called Sthanu (literally meaning one who is still) and the Devata (implying the Devi) is known as Savitri (literally meaning the energiser); At Manivedaka ...
32.2: ... My Manibandha (Bracelet) fell; there the Devi is known as Gayatri and the Bhairava is called Sarvananda (literally meaning filled with all bliss),

Devi Savitri at Kurukshetra Shakti Peetha:

Devi Bhadrakali, Kurukshetra, Haryana Devi Bhadrakali temple, Kurukshetra, Haryana Puranic Event:
Devi's Gulpha (Ankle) fell at Kurukshetra where She is known as Savitri and the Bhairava is called Sthanu.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kurukshetra Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Bhadrakali temple at Kurukshetra in Kurukshetra district of Haryana. The Shakti Peetha is near Dwaipayan Sarovar in Kurukshetra. There is a Devi Koop (well) where the ankle of Devi fell.

Devi Gayatri at Manivedaka Shakti Peetha:

Devi Gayatri, Pushkar, Rajasthan Puranic Event:
Devi's Manibandha (Bracelet) fell at Manivedaka where She is known as Gayatri and the Bhairava is called Sarvananda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Manivedaka Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Gayatri temple at Pushkar in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. The Shakti Peetha is located on the Gayatri hills.


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Devi
श्रीशैले मम ग्रीवा महालक्ष्मीस्तु देवता
भैरवः सम्बरानन्दो देशो देशो व्यवस्थितः ॥३३॥
Shriishaile Ca Mama Griivaa Mahaalakssmiis-Tu Devataa |
Bhairavah Sambaraanando Desho Desho Vyavasthitah ||33||

Meaning:
33.1: At Shrishaila My Griva (Neck) fell, and the Devata (implying Devi) there is known as Mahalakshmi,
33.2: The Bhairava (there) is called Sambarananda (literally meaning the bliss of restraint of meditation), Who abides in every place,

Devi Mahalakshmi at Srishaila Shakti Peetha:

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Srishailam, Andhra Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Griva (Neck) fell at Srishaila where She is known as Mahalakshmi and the Bhairava is called Sambarananda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Srishaila Shakti Peetha is identified with the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple at Srishailam in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The Shakti Peetha is located within the temple complex. Srishailam is located on the top of Nallamalai Hills.


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Devi
काञ्चीदेशो कङ्कालो भैरवो रुरुनामकः
देवता देवगर्भाख्या नितम्बः कालमाधवे ॥३४॥
Kaan.cii-Desho Ca Kangkaalo Bhairavo Ruru-Naamakah |
Devataa Devagarbha-[A]akhyaa Nitambah Kaalamaadhave ||34||

Meaning:
34.1: At Kanchi, My Kankaala (Skeleton) fell; there the Bhairava has the name Ruru,
34.2: The Devata (implying Devi) there is named as Devagarbha (literally meaning the womb of divinity); At Kalamadhava MyNitamba (Buttocks) fell ...

Devi Devagarbha at Kanchi Shakti Peetha:

Devi Kamakshi, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu Devi Kamakshi temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu Puranic Event:
Devi's Kankaala (Skeleton) fell at Kanchi where She is known as Devagarbha and the Bhairava is called Ruru.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kanchi Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Kamakshi temple at Kanchipuram in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. The Shakti Peetha is normally identified with the Adi Kamakshi temple of Kanchipuram. There is also a temple in Bolpur, West Bengal which is identified with this Shakti Peetha.


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Devi
भैरवश्चासिताङ्गश्च देवी काली सुसिद्धिदा
दृष्टा दृष्टा नमस्कृत्य मन्त्रसिद्धिमवाप्नुयात् ॥३५॥
Bhairavash-Ca-Asitaanggash-Ca Devii Kaalii Su-Siddhi-Daa |
Drssttaa Drssttaa Namaskrtya Mantra-Siddhim-Avaapnuyaat ||35||

Meaning:
35.1: ... There (i.e. at Kalamadhava) the Bhairava is called Asitanga (literally meaning having a black body) and the Devi is known as Kaali (literally meaning the dark goddess); She grants great Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments),
35.2: By seeing Her everywhere and saluting Her, one obtains Mantra Siddhi (fruit of the Mantra),

Devi Kaali at Kala Madhava Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Nitamba (Buttocks) fell at Kalamadhava where She is known as Kaali and the Bhairava is called Asitanga.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The location of Kala Madhava Shakti Peetha is not clearly identified.


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Devi
कुजवारे भूततिथौ निशार्द्धे यस्तु साधकः
नत्वा प्रदक्षिणीकृत्य मन्त्रसिद्धिमवाप्नुयात् ॥३६॥
Kuja-Vaare Bhuutatithau Nishaa-(A)rddhe Yastu Saadhakah |
Natvaa Pradakssinnii-Krtya Mantra-Siddhim-Avaapnuyaat ||36||

Meaning:
36.1: On Kujavaara (Tuesday) at Bhuta Tithi, during Midnight, the Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) who ...
36.2: ... having prostated to the Devi, will circumbulate around Her with devotion, will obtain Mantra Siddhi (fruit of the Mantra),

Kala Madhava Shakti Peetha continued.


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Devi
शोणाख्या भद्रसेनस्तु नर्मदाख्ये नितम्बकः
रामगिरौ स्तनान्यञ्च शिवानी चण्डभैरवः ॥३७॥
Shonna-[A]akhyaa Bhadrasenastu Narmada-[A]akhye Nitambakah |
Raamagirau Stanaanyan.-Ca Shivaanii Canndda-Bhairavah ||37||

Meaning:
37.1: At the place called Narmada where My Nitamba (Buttocks) fell, the Devi is called Sona (literally meaning reddish) and the Bhairava is called Bhadrasena,
37.2: At Ramagiri, My Stana (Breast) fell; There the Devi is known as Shivani (literally meaning the consort of Shiva) and the Bhairava is called Canda (literally meaning one who is fierce).

Devi Sona at Narmada Shakti Peetha:

Devi Narmada Sonemuda, Amarkantaka, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Nitamba (Buttocks) fell at Narmada where She is known as Sona and the Bhairava is called Bhadrasena.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Narmada Shakti Peetha is identified with the Sonemuda (the origin of river Sone) at Amarkantaka in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh. The origin of river Narmada is also at Amarkantaka which is also considered as the Shakti Peetha. This place provides an excellent view of sunrise and also the Satpura mountain ranges.

Devi Shivani at Ramagiri Shakti Peetha:

Chitrakoot Dham, Uttar Pradesh Devi Sharada temple, Maihar, Satna, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Stana (Breast) fell at Ramagiri where She is known as Shivani and the Bhairava is called Canda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Ramagiri Shakti Peetha is identified with Ramagiri at Chitrakoot in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this temple, the Sharada temple in Maihar, Satna district of Madhya Pradesh is also attributed to this Shakti Peetha. The temple is on top of the Trikuta hill. Satna district is the Madhya Pradesh side of the ancient Chitrakoot.


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Devi
वृन्दावने केशजालमुमा नाम्नी देवता
भूतेशो भैरवस्तत्र सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायकः ॥३८॥
Vrndaavane Kesha-Jaalam-Umaa Naamnii Ca Devataa |
Bhuutesho Bhairavas-Tatra Sarva-Siddhi-Pradaayakah ||38||

Meaning:
38.1: At Vrindavana, My Keshajaala (the tresses of Hair) fell, and there the Devata (implying Devi) is named as Uma (literally meaning with splendour and tranquility),
38.2: The Bhairava there is called Bhutesha (literally meaning the lord of all living beings); the Devi there grants all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments),

Devi Uma at Vrindavana Shakti Peetha:

Bhuteshwar Mahadev temple, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Keshajaala (the tresses of Hair) fell at Vrindavana where She is known as Uma and the Bhairava is called Bhutesha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Vrindavana Shakti Peetha is identified with the Bhuteshwar Mahadev temple on the Mathura - Vrindavan road in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.


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Devi
संहाराख्य ऊर्द्धदन्तो देवीऽनले नारायणी श्रुचौ
अधोदन्तो महारुद्रो वाराही पञ्चसागरे ॥३९॥
Samhaara-[A]akhya Uurddha-Danto Devii-[A]nale Naaraayannii Shrucau |
Adho-Danto Mahaa-Rudro Vaaraahii Pan.casaagare ||39||

Meaning:
39.1: At Anala, My Urdhva Danta (Upper row of Teeth) fell; there the Devi is known as Narayani (literally meaning the power of Narayana) and the Bhairava is called Samhara (literally meaning one who destroys),
39.2: At Pancha Sagara My Adho Danta (Lower row of Teeth) fell; there the Devi is known as Varahi (literally meaning with the face of varaha or boar) and the Bhairava is called Maharudra (literally meaning who is extremely terrible),

Devi Narayani at Anala Shakti Peetha:

Sthanumalayam temple, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu Puranic Event:
Devi's Urdhva Danta (Upper row of Teeth) fell at Anala where She is known as Narayani and the Bhairava is called Samhara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Anala Shakti Peetha is identified with the Sthanumalayam temple at Suchindram in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

Devi Varahi at Pancha Sagara Shakti Peetha:

Devi Varahi Puranic Event:
Devi's Adho Danta (Lower row of Teeth) fell at Pancha Sagara where She is known as Varahi and the Bhairava is called Maharudra.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The location of Pancha Sagara Shakti Peetha is not clearly identified.


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Devi
करतोयातटे कर्णे वामे वामनभैरवः
अपर्णा देवता यत्र ब्रह्मरूपाकरोद्भवा ॥४०॥
Karatoyaa-Tatte Karnne Vaame Vaamana-Bhairavah |
Aparnnaa Devataa Yatra Brahma-Ruupaa-Karo[a-U]dbhavaa ||40||

Meaning:
40.1: At Karatoyatatta ( the bank of river Karatoya ) My Vama Karna (Left Ear) fell; the Bhairava there is called Vamana (literally meaning who is short in stature),
40.2: The Devata (implying Devi) here is known as Aparna (literally meaning living without eating even leaves) and She is Brahmarupa (of the nature of Brahman),

Devi Aparna at Karatoyatatta Shakti Peetha:

Devi Bhabani, Bhabanipur, Bogra, Bangladesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Vama Karna (Left Ear) fell at Karatoyatatta where She is known as Aparna and the Bhairava is called Vamana.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Karatoyatatta Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Bhabani temple at Bhabanipur village in the Bogra district of Bangladesh. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Karatoya.


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Devi
श्रीपर्वते दक्षगुल्फस्तत्र श्रीसुन्दरी परा
सर्वसिद्धीश्वरी सर्वा सुन्दरानन्दभैरवः ॥४१॥
Shriiparvate Dakssa-Gulphas-Tatra Shriisundarii Paraa |
Sarva-Siddhii-[Ii]shvarii Sarvaa Sundaraananda-Bhairavah ||41||

Meaning:
41.1: At Sri Parvata My Daksha Gulpha (Right Ankle) fell; there the Devi is known as Sri Sundari (literally meaning of great beauty), and She is transcendental in nature,
41.2: She is the goddess possessing all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments) and is all in all; the Bhairava there is called Sundarananda (literally meaning of the nature of beauty and joy).

Devi Sri Sundari at Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha:

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Gulpha (Right Ankle) fell at Sri Parvata where She is known as Sri Sundari and the Bhairava is called Sundarananda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha is identified with Sri Parvata, near Ladakh, Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir.


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Devi
कपालिनी भीमरूपा वामगुल्फो विभाषके
भैरवश्च महादेव सर्वानन्दः शुभप्रदः ॥४२॥
Kapaalinii Bhiima-Ruupaa Vaama-Gulpho Vibhaassake |
Bhairavash-Ca Mahaadeva Sarva-[A]anandah Shubha-Pradah ||42||

Meaning:
42.1: At Vibhasa, the Devi known as Kapalini (literally meaning who wears a garland of skulls) has a terrible appearance; there My Vama Gulpha (Left Ankle) fell,
42.2: The Bhairava (there) is called Mahadeva (literally meaning the great god); the Devi is the embodiment of all Joys and the bestower of Auspiciousness.

Devi Kapalini at Vibhashaka Shakti Peetha:

Devi Bargabhima, Tamluk, East Medinipur, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Vama Gulpha (Left Ankle) fell at Vibhashaka where She is known as Kapalini and the Bhairava is called Mahadeva.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Vibhashaka Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Bargabhima Kali temple at Tamluk in the East Medinipur district of West Bengal.


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Devi
उदरञ्च प्रभासे मे चन्द्रभागा यशस्विनी
वक्रतुण्डो भैरव ऊर्ध्वोष्ठो भैरवपर्वते ॥४३॥
Udaran.-Ca Prabhaase Me Candrabhaagaa Yashasvinii |
Vakratunnddo Bhairava Uurdhvo[a-O]ssttho Bhairavaparvate ||43||

Meaning:
43.1: At Prabhasa My Udara (Stomach) fell; there the Devi is known as Chandrabhaga (literally meaning the portion of the moon); She is beautiful and famous,
43.2: The Bhairava (at Prabhasa) is called Vakratunda (literally meaning with curved mouth); My Urdhva Ossttha (Upper Lip) fell at Bhairava Parvata, ...

Devi Chandrabhaga at Prabhasa Shakti Peetha:

Triveni Sangam, Prabhasa, Junagarh, Gujarat Puranic Event:
Devi's Udara (Stomach) fell at Prabhasa where She is known as Chandrabhaga and the Bhairava is called Vakratunda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Prabhasa Shakti Peetha is identified with the confluence of rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati at Prabhasa Triveni Sangam in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. This is close to the Somnath Jyotirlinga.


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Devi
अवन्ती महादेवी लम्बकर्णस्तु भैरवः ॥४४॥
Avantii Ca Mahaadevii Lambakarnnas-Tu Bhairavah ||44||

Meaning:
44.1: ... The Mahadevi (Great Goddess) there (i.e. at Bhairava Parvata) is known as Avanti and the Bhairava is called Lambakarna (literally meaning with large ears).

Devi Avanti at Bhairava Parvata Shakti Peetha:

Devi Avanti, Bhairava Parvata, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Urdhva Ossttha (Upper Lip) fell at Bhairava Parvata where She is known as Avanti and the Bhairava is called Lambakarna.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Bhairava Parvata Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Avanti temple at Bhairava Parvata on the bank of river Shipra in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this Shakti Peetha, the Ujjain district also has the famous Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga.


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Devi
चिवुके भ्रामरी देवी विकृताक्षो जनस्थाने
गण्डो गोदावरीतीरे विश्वेशी विश्वमातृका ॥४५॥
Civuke Bhraamarii Devii Vikrtaaksso Janasthaane |
Gannddo Godaavarii-Tiire Vishveshii Vishva-Maatrkaa ||45||

Meaning:
45.1: My Civuka (Chin) fell at Janasthana, where the Devi is known as Bhramari (literally meaning who took the form of bee) and the Bhairava is called Vikritaksha (literally meaning with distorted eyes),
45.2: My Ganga (Cheek) fell at Godavari Tir, where the Devi is known as Vishwesi (literally meaning the lord of the world) and She is Vishwamatrika (literally meaning the mother of the world), ...

Devi Bhramari at Janasthana Shakti Peetha:

Devi Saptashrungi, Nashik, Maharashtra Puranic Event:
Devi's Civuka (Chin) fell at Janasthana where She is known as Bhramari and the Bhairava is called Vikritaksha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Janasthana Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Saptashrungi temple in Nashik district of Maharashtra. The Saptashrungi hills is situated 60 km from Nashik. The Vani village is in the foothills of Saptashrungi hills. Saptashrungi means seven mountain peaks.


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Devi
दण्डपाणिभैरवस्तु वामगण्डे तु राकिणी
भैरवो वत्सनाभस्तु तत्र सिद्धिर्न संशयः ॥४६॥
Dannddapaanni-Bhairavas-Tu Vaama-Ganndde Tu Raakinnii |
Bhairavo Vatsanaabhas-Tu Tatra Siddhir-Na Samshayah ||46||

Meaning:
46.1: ... There the Bhairava is called Dandapani (literally meaning with staff in the hand); and with My Left Cheek falling there, the Devi is known as Rakini,
46.2: The Bhairava is (also) called Vatsanabha (literally meaning with navel like that of a child); at that place there is no doubt about Siddhi (spiritual accomplishments).

Devi Vishwesi at Godavari Tir Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Ganda (Cheek) fell at Godavari Tir where She is known as Vishwesi and the Bhairava is called Dandapani.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Godavari Tir Shakti Peetha is identified with Koti Tirtha on the banks of river Godavari near Rajamundry, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.


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Devi
रत्नावल्यां दक्षस्कन्धः कुमारी भैरवः शिवः
मिथिलायामुमा देवी वामस्कन्धो महोदरः ॥४७॥
Ratnaavalyaam Dakssa-Skandhah Kumaarii Bhairavah Shivah |
Mithilaayaam-Umaa Devii Vaama-Skandho Mahodarah ||47||

Meaning:
47.1: At Ratnavali, My Daksha Skanda (Right Shoulder) fell; there the Devi is known as Kumari (literally meaning a young girl) and the Bhairava is called Shiva (literally meaning auspicious),
47.2: At Mithila, the Devi is known as Uma; there (i.e. at Mithila) My Vama Skanda (Left Shoulder) fell; and the Bhairava is called Mahodara (literally meaning with large belly),

Devi Kumari at Ratnavali Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Daksha Skanda (Right Shoulder) fell at Ratnavali where She is known as Kumari and the Bhairava is called Shiva.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The exact location of Ratnavali Shakti Peetha is not clearly identified.

Devi Uma at Mithila Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Vama Skanda (Left Shoulder) fell at Mithila where She is known as Uma and the Bhairava is called Mahodara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)

Pilgrimage:
The Mithila Shakti Peetha is identified as located near Janakpura, in the Mudhubani district of Nepal (in the Bihar - Nepal border).



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Devi
नलाहाट्यां नलापातो योगीशो भैरवस्तथा
तत्र सा कालिका देवी सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायिका ॥४८॥
Nalaahaattyaam Nalaa-Paato Yogiisho Bhairavas-Tathaa |
Tatra Saa Kaalikaa Devii Sarva-Siddhi-Pradaayikaa ||48||

Meaning:
48.1: At Nalahati, My Nalaa (Tubular Bone) fell; there the Bhairava is called Yogisha (literally meaning the lord of yoga),
48.2: There, the Devi is known as Kalika (literally meaning the dark goddess) and She is the bestower of all Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments),

Devi Kalika at Nalahati Shakti Peetha:

Devi Nalateshwari, Nalahati, Birbhum, West Bengal Devi Nalateshwari temple, Nalahati, Birbhum, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Nalaa (Tubular Bone) fell at Nalahati where She is known as Kalika and the Bhairava is called Yogisha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Nalahati Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Nalateshwari temple in Nalahati, in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.


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Devi
कालीघाटे मुण्डपातः क्रोधीशो भैरवस्तथा
देवता जयदुर्गाख्या नानाभोगप्रदायिनी ॥४९॥
Kaaliighaatte Munndda-Paatah Krodhiisho Bhairavas-Tathaa |
Devataa Jaya-Durga-[A]akhyaa Naanaa-Bhoga-Pradaayinii ||49||

Meaning:
49.1: At Kalighat, My Munda (Head) fell; there the Bhairava is called Krodhisha (literally meaning the lord who possess anger),
49.2: The Devata (implying Devi) is known as Jaya Durga (literally meaning the Durga who is victorious); She is the bestower of various worldly enjoyments.

Devi Jaya Durga at Kalighata Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Munda (Head) fell at Kalighata where She is known as Jaya Durga and the Bhairava is called Krodhisha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Kalighata Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Jayadurga temple in Juranpur, Kaliganj block, in the Nadia district of West Bengal.


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Devi
वक्रेश्वरे मनःपातो वक्रनाथस्तु भैरवः
नदी पापहरा तत्र देवी महिषमर्दिनी ॥५०॥
Vakreshvare Manah-Paato Vakranaathas-Tu Bhairavah |
Nadii Paapa-Haraa Tatra Devii Mahissamardinii ||50||

Meaning:
50.1: At Vakreshwar, My Manas (Mind) fell; the Bhairava there is called Vakranatha (literally meaning the curved lord),
50.2: There, the river removes the sins, and the Devi is known as Mahishamardini (literally meaning the destroyer of Mahishasura),

Devi Mahishamardini at Vakreshwara Shakti Peetha:

Devi Mahishamardini temple, Bakreshwar, Birbhum, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Manas (Mind) fell at Vakreshwara where She is known as Mahishamardini and the Bhairava is called Vakranatha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Vakreshwara Shakti Peetha is identified with the Bakreshwar Shiva and Shakti temple, in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.


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Devi
यशोरे पाणिपद्मञ्च देवता यशोरेश्वरी
चण्डश्च भैरवो यत्र तत्र सिद्धिर्न संशय ॥५१॥
Yashore Paanni-Padman.ca Devataa Yashoreshvarii |
Cannddash-Ca Bhairavo Yatra Tatra Siddhir-Na Samshaya ||51||

Meaning:
51.1: At Yashora My Paani Padma (Lotus-like Hand) fell; there the Devata (implying Devi) is known as Yashoreshwari,
51.2: The Bhairava there is called Chanda (literally meaning fierce); In that place there is no doubt about Siddhi (spiritual accomplishments).

Devi Yashoreshwari at Yashora Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Paani Padma (Lotus-like Hand) fell at Yashora where She is known as Yashoreshwari and the Bhairava is called Chanda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Yashoreshwari Shakti Peetha is identified with the Jashoreshwari Kali temple at Ishwaripur, in the Satkhira district of Bangladesh.


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Devi
अट्टहासे चोष्ठपातो देवी सा फुल्लरा स्मृता
विश्वेशो भैरवस्तत्र सर्वाभीष्टप्रदायकः ॥५२॥
Attttahaase Ca-Ossttha-Paato Devii Saa Phullaraa Smrtaa |
Vishvesho Bhairavas-Tatra Sarva-Abhiisstta-Pradaayakah ||52||

Meaning:
52.1: At Attahasa, My Ostha (Lips) fell; the Devi there is remembered as Phullara (literally meaning blooming like flowers),
52.2: The Bhairava there is called Vishwesha (literally meaning the lord of the world); the Devi is the bestower of all wishes.

Devi Phullara at Attahasa Shakti Peetha:

Devi Phullara, Attahasa, near Labhpur, Birbhum, West Bengal Devi Phullara temple, Attahasa, near Labhpur, Birbhum, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Ostha (Lips) fell at Attahasa where She is known as Phullara and the Bhairava is called Vishwesha.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Attahasa Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Phullara temple in Attahasa, near Labhpur, in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Labhpur is on the Ahmedpur - Katwa railway route.


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Devi
हारपातो नन्दिपुरे भैरवो नन्दिकेश्वरः
नन्दिनी सा महादेवी तत्र सिद्धिमवाप्नुयात् ॥५३॥
Haara-Paato Nandipure Bhairavo Nandikeshvarah |
Nandinii Saa Mahaa-Devii Tatra Siddhim-Avaapnuyaat ||53||

Meaning:
53.1: At Nandipura My Hara (Necklace) fell; there the Bhairava is called Nandikeshwara (literally meaning the lord of Nandi),
53.2: And the Mahadevi (Great Goddess) is known as Nandini (literally meaning one who gives joy); There, one attains Siddhi (spiritual accomplishments).

Devi Nandini at Nandipura Shakti Peetha:

Devi Nandikeshwari temple, Sainthia, Birbhum, West Bengal Puranic Event:
Devi's Hara (Necklace) fell at Nandipura where She is known as Nandini and the Bhairava is called Nandikeshwara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Nandipura Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Nandikeshwari temple in Sainthia, in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. The Sainthia town is located on the bank of river Mayurakshi.


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Devi
लङ्कायां नूपुरञ्चैव भैरवो राक्षसेश्वरः
इन्द्राक्षी देवता तत्र इन्द्रेणोपासिता पुरा ॥५४॥
Langkaayaam Nuupuran.-Cai[a-E]va Bhairavo Raakssaseshvarah |
Indraakssii Devataa Tatra Indrenno[a-U]paasitaa Puraa ||54||

Meaning:
54.1: At Lanka, My Nupura (Anklet) indeed fell; there the Bhairava is called Rakshaseshwara (literally meaning the lord of rakshasas),
54.2: The Devata (implying Devi) there is known as Indrakshi (literally meaning the eye of Indra); In earlier times She was worshipped by Indra,

Devi Indrakshi at Lanka Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Nupura (Anklet) fell at Lanka where She is known as Indrakshi and the Bhairava is called Rakshaseshwara.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Lanka Shakti Peetha is located in Sri Lanka. The exact place is not clearly known. The Shakti Peetha is often identified with Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman temple at Theevakaram, Jaffna district.


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Devi
विराटदेशमध्ये तु पादाङ्गुलिनिपातनम्
भैरवश्चामृताख्यश्च देवी तत्राम्बिका स्मृता ॥५५॥
Viraatta-Desha-Madhye Tu Paada-Angguli-Nipaatanam |
Bhairavash-Ca-Amrta-[A]akhyash-Ca Devii Tatra-Ambikaa Smrtaa ||55||

Meaning:
55.1: Inside the Virata Desha, My Pada Anguli (Fingers of the Foot) fell,
55.2: The Bhairava there is called Amrita (literally meaning immortal), and the Devi there is remembered as Ambika (literally meaning mother),

Devi Ambika at Virata Shakti Peetha:

Puranic Event:
Devi's Pada Anguli (Fingers of the Foot) fell at Virata where She is known as Ambika and the Bhairava is called Amrita.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Virata Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Ambika temple in Virata, in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan. The Shakti Peetha is located in Vairat (Bairat) village around 64 km from Jaipur.


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Devi
एतास्ते कथिताः पुत्र पीठनाथाधिदेवताः
क्षेत्राधिपं विना देव पूजयेत् पीठदेवताम्
भैरवैर्ह्रयते सर्वं जपपूजादिसाधनम् ॥५६॥
Etaas-Te Kathitaah Putra Piittha-Naatha-Adhidevataah |
Kssetra-Adhipam Vinaa Deva Puujayet Piittha-Devataam |
Bhairavair-Hrayate Sarvam Japa-Puuja-Adi-Saadhanam ||56||

Meaning:
56.1: Thus all these has been told to you, O Son, about the presiding deities of the Shakti Peethas,
56.2: (If) without the Lord of the Kshetra, Puja is offered to (other) Peetha Devatas,
56.3: The Bhairava will take away all Japa, Puja and other Sadhanas,

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Devi
अज्ञात्वा भैरवं पीठे पीठशक्तितञ्च शङ्कर
प्राणनाथ सिध्येत्तु कल्पकोटि जपादिभिः ॥५७॥
Ajnyaatvaa Bhairavam Piitthe Piittha-Shaktitan.ca Shangkara |
Praanna-Naatha Na Sidhyettu Kalpa-Kotti Japa-[A]adibhih ||57||

Meaning:
57.1: Without knowing the Bhairava of the Peetha, Who is the Shankara (Shiva) of the Peetha Shakti (i.e. Devi) ...
57.2: ... the sadhaka does not attain Siddhi of the Istha Devata even after doing Japa and other sadhanas for millions of kalpa.

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Devi
देयं परशिष्याय निन्दकाय दुरात्मने
शठाय क्रूरकार्याय दत्वा मृत्युमवाप्नुयात्
दद्याच्छान्ताय शिष्याय मन्त्री मन्त्रार्थसिद्धये ॥५८॥
Na Deyam Para-Shissyaaya Nindakaaya Duraatmane |
Shatthaaya Kruura-Kaaryaaya Datvaa Mrtyum-Avaapnuyaat |
Dadyaac-Chaantaaya Shissyaaya Mantrii Mantra-Artha-Siddhaye ||58||

Meaning:
58.1: This is not to be given to other disciples who are Censorious and Evil-Minded (i.e. disbelievers in general),
58.2: (This is not to be given to those) who are Deceitful and engaged in Evil Deeds; if given one attains Mrityu (Death),
58.3: (However) if given to disciple who are of Tranquil mind (free of passions), the Mantri attains Mantra Siddhi.


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Translated by greenmesg


Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

4. Sadhana: Sadhana - Penances - Others

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Puranic Events

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Ashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
Simplify Life,
And make the Nature thrive,
Plant Trees,
And make our planet Green.

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