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Danteshwari Temple (Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh)

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Danteshwari Temple is temple dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine, spread across India. The temple built in the 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South, is situated in Dantewada, a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state.

The temple is as according legends, the spot where the Daanth or Tooth of Sati fell, during the episode when all the Shakti shrines were created in the Satya Yuga. Every year during Dusshera thousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to the goddess, when her idol was taken out of that ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession, now a popular tourist attraction part of the ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival. There also a is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalashas during Navaratris here.

It is an ancient temple built by the kings of Bastar for inhabiting there family Goddess, Devi Danteshwari. Devi Danteshwari is the Goddess of entire Bastar division, equally worshipped by Hindus as well as tribals. This temple is located beside Bastar palace and near to Gole Bazar. It is worth seeing and pleasant to watch the temple during the famous Bustar Dusshera festival season, decorated in color lights and lambs, where the main traditional functions of the festivals are being carried out.

Danteshwari Temple is temple dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine, spread across India. The temple built in the 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South, is situated in Dantewada, a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state. The temple is as according legends, the spot where the Daanth or Tooth of Sati fell, during the episode when all the Shakti shrines were created in the Satya Yuga.

Every year during Dusshera thousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to the goddess, when her idol was taken out of that ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession, now a popular tourist attraction part of the ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival. There also a is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalashas during Navaratris here.

Nature is said be where God resides. Well, tourist destinations bearing religious links as well as huge bounties of nature are numerous in the religiously variant and united country of India. Every corner of the nation, including the Southern coastal India, the northern plains and mountains, the eastern boundaries and the western edges provide plenteous options for any traveler to satisfy his/her thirst for natural beauties. Once you are in the state of Chhattisgarh, you will be rapt by the Danteshwari Temple, Dantewada, one of the most important Holy Places in Dantewada.

On your Tour to Dantewada, there are several Tourist Attractions to fascinate you. The Danteshwari Temple, Dantewada, however, carries a lot of historical importance to it. Most important of the holy sites in the town, is believed to have been erected as early as the fourteenth century by the Chalukya rulers, who reigned Dantewada from 1324 to 1777. With Barsur as their capital they established their ancestral deity, Warangal as Danteshwari.

According to legend, Danteshwari was previously called Goddess Manikeshwari by the Nagas who ruled from 760 to 1324 A.D. One of the Shakti Piths of the Hindus, and located in the Gole Bazar area, the Temple was re-created before 1947. Divided into four sections – the Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap, it houses idols brought from Bursar.

It is said that the Chalukya kings, whenever paid holy visits to the Danteshwari Temple, presented a village to the Goddess as an offering. Popularly known as Maiji, Danteshwari Devi is worshipped by tribals and non tribals alike and has become and has acquired faith from one and all.

Situated in Dantewada, south-west of Jagdalpur, at the confluence of the holy rivers Shankini and Dhankini, both the rivers have different colors, this six-hundred-year-old temple is one of the ancient heritage sites of India and is a representation of the religio-socio-cultural history of the Bastar region. Little is known about this shrine to much of India. The vast temple complex today is truly a standing monument to centuries of history and tradition. With its rich architectural and sculptural wealth and its vibrant festival traditions, Danteshwari Mai temple serves as the most important spiritual center for the people of this region.

It is believed that a tooth of Sati had fallen here and Danteshwari Shakti Peetha was established. According to the ancient legend, Goddess Sati committed self-immolation in the fire pit of yagna kund, due to an insult committed by her father Daksha towards her consort Lord Shiva during the Yaga. Raged by the death of Sati, Lord Shiva destroyed the Yaga of Daksha and with the body of Sati in his hands started to do ‘Taandav’.Lord Vishnu cut the dead body of Goddess Sati with his Sudarshan to free Lord Shiva from the grief caused by her death. Parts of the dead body of Goddess Sati were scattered to fifty-two different places, which were consecrated as Shakti Pithas.

The Danteshwari temple was built in the 14th Century by the Chalukya kings in South Indian style of temple architecture. The idol of Danteshwari Mai is chiseled out of black stone. The temple is divided into four parts such as Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. Garbha Griha and Maha Mandap were constructed with stone pieces. There is a Garuda Pillar in front of the entrance of the temple. The temple itself is located in a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls. The shikhara is adorned with sculptural finery.

Timing

Monday – Sunday : 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM.

Distance

  • From Delhi it is 1488 KM away.
  • From Mumbai it is 1267 KM away.
  • From Kolkata it is 1044 KM away.
  • From Chennai it is 998 KM away.

Location

Civil Line,
Jagdalpur,
Chhattisgarh 494001.