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Chitrakoot (Ramgiri) Temple (Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh)

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Ramagiri or Chitrakoot Shakthi Peeth is the temple where Sati’s Right Breast had fallen. Devi Sati is worshipped as Shivani or Sharada and Lord Shiva as Chand Bhairav or as Chand. Chitrakoot shakthi peeth is located in Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot town is home of several ancient temples mentioned in Hindu Scriptures. Chitrakoot area borders Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The place has several temples which attracts tourists from all over the country. Sita Mata is said to have bathed in Mandakini River during the years of her exile, due to which the pond is known as Janaki Kund.

Ramghat refers to the ghats that line the Mandakini River. During their exile, Rama, Lakshmana and Sita bathed here and are believed to have appeared before the saint poet Tulsidas. Sati Anusuya Ashram located in a forest 16 kms away from the town is the abode of Atri Muni, Anusuya, and their three sons (who were the three incarnations of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar) lived and meditated. Bharat Koop a small Koop, where Bharata stored holy water collected from all the places of pilgrimage in India.

Chitrakoot Shakti Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Ma Sati. It is said that, the Right breast of maa Sati fell here, when lord Vishnu in order to relieve lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to incise maa Sati Body. Then, at the place of fall of Right breast, this temple was constructed. Chitrakoot Shakti Peeth is situated in Chitrakoot (Ramgiri), in Uttar Pradesh, India. Here the idol of maa Sati is called as ‘Shivani’ and the lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Chand Bhairav’.

Chitrakoot has itself a lot of religious importance and is located near the foothill of Vindhya ranges. Mandakini River is the prominent water body and Chitrakoot is situated on the bank of this river. Chitrakoot has earned quite high stratum when it comes to the holy place and has more strata as compared to Prayagraj. There is ample amount of temple situated here, and all of them lie just adjacent to the banks of Mandakini River. The art and architecture of the temple is grand and made of stones on which various idols of god and goddesses are engraved. The entrance of the temple is welcomed by several steps and then comes the main hall of the temple. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple lies the idol of maa sati. Usual people speak Hindi and Bundeli in their day today life.

Chitrakoot temple is considered as a very sacred place. Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lakshmana are said to have spent their eleven and a half years in these forests out of their fourteen years of exile. Several sages, seers such as Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharishi Markandeya, Sarbhanga, Sutikshna have meditated here. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar also took their incarnations here. It is also said when Lord Rama performed the Shradda ceremony of his father, all the gods and goddesses came to Chitrakuta to partake of the Shuddhi (i.e. a feast given to all the relatives and friends on the thirteenth day of the death in the family). The first known mention of Chitrakoot is in Valmiki Ramayana. Mahakavi Kalidasa describes Chitrakoot as Ramgiri due to his Bhakthi to Lord Rama. Tulsidas, the saint poet of Hindi is said to have had darshan of Lord Ram at Chitrakoot.

Chitrakoot has a great importance in terms of History as the lord Rama, with his wife Sita and Brother Laxman used live during their exile period. So due to this, from very earlier times, this place has always been consider sacred or Pavitra. History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the Right breast of Maa Sati fell to this place. Best information about the origin and the formation of this temple, people can be taken from with local people. Religious books, Purans etc are worth trying to find out the history about the Shakti Peeth.

Ramagiri or Chitrakoot Shakthi Peeth is the temple where Sati’s Right Breast had fallen. Devi Sati is worshipped as Shivani or Sharada and Lord Shiva as Chand Bhairav or as Chand. Chitrakoot shakthi peeth is located in Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot town is home of several ancient temples mentioned in Hindu Scriptures. Chitrakoot area borders Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot temple is considered as a very sacred place. Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lakshmana are said to have spent their eleven and a half years in these forests out of their fourteen years of exile. Several sages, seers such as Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharishi Markandeya, Sarbhanga, Sutikshna have meditated here. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar also took their incarnations here. It is also said when Lord Rama performed the Shradda ceremony of his father, all the gods and goddesses came to Chitrakuta to partake of the Shuddhi (i.e. a feast given to all the relatives and friends on the thirteenth day of the death in the family). The first known mention of Chitrakoot is in Valmiki Ramayana.

Holy pond, by name Janaki sarovar/ Janakikund, situated 2 Km south of Chitrakoot, on the banks of river Mandakini, is believed as Shaktipeeth. Some people say the local Lalita Devi temple as Shaktipeeth.

A) Some people call it as Rajagiri (modern Rajgir), a famous Buddhist pilgrimage). The Vulture’s Peak (Gridhakuta/ Grdhrakuta) of Rajgir is believed as Shakti peeth. Rajgir has many hot water springs (Kunds), and devotees feel sacred to bath in those Kunds. They are present near Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Once, the site of Tapodarama Monastery).

B) According to Hindu Mythology it is determined that chitrakoot is the place where in the right breast of mother Sati is fell so other places are not according to the mythology.

Chitrakoot has itself a lot of religious importance and is located near the foot hill of Vindhya ranges. Mandakini River is the prominent water body and Chitrakoot is situated on the bank of this river. The art and architecture of the temple is grand and made of stones on which various idols of god and goddesses are engraved. The entrance of the temple is welcomed by several steps and then comes the main hall of the temple.In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple lies the idol of Maa sati. Chitrakoot has a great importance in terms of History as the lord Rama, with his wife Sita and Brother Laxman lived during their exile period. So due to this, from very earlier times, this place has always been consider sacred or Pavitra.

According to the Hindu Scripture the mythology of Daksha yajna and Sati’s self immolation had played a significant role in shaping the ancient Sanskrit literature and even had impact on the culture of India. It led to the development of the concept of Shakti Peethas and there by strengthening Shaktism. Various mythological stories of puranas made the Daksha yajna as the reason for its origin. It is an important incident in Shaivism resulting in the emergence of Parvati in the place of Sati Devi and making Shiva a Grihastashrami (house holder) leading to the origin of Ganapathy and Subramanian. These are the places that are believed to have enshrined with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered throughout the universe in sorrow. Each temple has shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava and mostly the each temple associates different names to Shakti and Kalabhairava in that temple.

Timing

All Days of the Week: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Distance

  • From Delhi it is 678 KM away.
  • From Mumbai it is 1314 KM away.
  • From Kolkata it is 9175 KM away.
  • From Chennai it is 1694 KM away.

Location

Chitrakoot Shakti Peeth,
Chitrakoot,
Uttar Pradesh, India.