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Narmada (Sona) Temple (Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh)

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Shondesh Shakthi Peeth is the place where Sati’s Right Buttock fell. Here Sati is worshipped as Narmada Devi and Lord Shiva as Badrasen or Vadrasen.

Sati’s right buttock fell here. Here, Sati is called Narmada or Sonakshi and Lord Shiva is called as Bhadrasena. This place is located on the hill, 4 km away from Amarkantaka (Chhattisgarh) which is the origin of River Narmada. This place is known as Maa Narmada Shaktipeeth. Some scholars’ opinion is that Tarachandi Devi of Sasaram is the Shontatastha Shakti. People visit this important Shaktipeeth in order to make themselves free of all evils and attain grace in life.

Sona (Narmada) Temple is located near the Narmada River in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India.  Goddess Narmada is worshipped here as an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and Lord Vadrasen in the form of Lord Shiva is believed to be visualized in worship. It is believed that Devi’ left hip fell at this site.

Shondesh Peeth is among the 51 Shakti Peeth of Ma Sati. It is said that, the Right Buttock 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 Buttock, this temple was constructed. Shondesh Shakti Peeth is situated in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. Here the idol of maa Sati is called as ‘Narmada’ and the lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Vadrasen’.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple looks really adorable. In the centre the idol of Maa Narmada is there, and it is surrounded by the golden ‘Mukut’, all around it. Just few meters on both side, the idols of different goddess is there. The platform, where Maa Narmada idol is there, made of Silver. When it comes to the art and architecture, Shondesh Shakti Peeth is quite adorable. The white stone made temple with ponds all around it produces a picturesque view. Adding to the charm of the location, the picturesque view of Son River and the nearby kund, is something that can’t be left unseen. The most important part of this location is that, two main ranges, Satpura and Vindhya merge together here. There around 100 steps in total which are need to be travelled in order to reach the temple. One more thing that makes this place more charming is the flow of Narmada River.

The ancient temple situated amidst nature’s beauty is a white stone structure.  The art and architecture of the temple is splendid. The deity Narmada Devi in the Sanctum Sanctorum is adorned with a golden “Mukut” or “Kirit” and is seated on a Silver platform. There are images of other goddess on either side of Narmada Devi.

Shondesh Shakthi Peeth is an ancient temple about 6000 years old. The temple is founded by Suryavanshi Samrat Mandhata.

Amarkantak is derived from a combination of two Sanskrit words, amar (immortal) and kantak (obstruction). This place was an abode of gods but was disturbed by the hindrances of Rudraganas and hence called Amarkantak.

Amarkantak, on the western edge of ancient Kingdom of Kalinga, is a place of worship for all the three worlds. Gods and Gandharvas (celestial beings), Asuras (demons), Saints and sages have achieved great spiritual powers here. It is believed that whoever dies at Amarkantak is assured a place in heaven. If a woman makes offerings of fruits and flowers, she will be gifted a boon in the form of respect from her husband.

According to legend, when Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura (the three cities) by fire, the ashes of one fell upon mount Kailash, the ashes of another fell upon Amarkantak, and the ashes of the third were saved by Lord Shiva and kept in heaven.

The ashes that fell upon Amarkantak turned into crores of Shivalingas. Only one is visible at Jwaleshwar in Amarkantak. Upon entering the Sona Temple, it is believed one’s soul is cleansed whether or not they receive a dip in the holy river Narmada kund.

Shondesh is said to be founded about 6,000 years back by the Suryavanshi Samrat Mandhata. History to this place dates back in the time when it is said that the Right Buttock 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, Puranas etc are worth trying to find out the history about the Shakti Peeth.

When lord Shiva destroyed Tripura (three cities) by fire few ashes fell at Kailash, few at Amarkantak and remaining were saved by lord himself at heaven. It is believed that ashes fell at Amarkantak transformed into crores of Shiv Lingas but now we are able to see only one at Jwaleshwar.  Because of this holy ashes it is believed that whoever devotee enters into Sona or Namrada Temple their souls will be cleansed.

Timing

Distance

  • From Delhi it is 1020 KM away.
  • From Mumbai it is 1264 KM away.
  • From Kolkata it is 933 KM away.
  • From Chennai it is 1570 KM away.

Location

Amarkantak,
Madhya Pradesh 484886,
India.