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Shri Shail Mahalakshmi Temple (Ruhitpur, Bangladesh)

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Shri Shail is one of the Shakti Peeths, at Joinpur Village, Dakdhin Surma, near Gotatikar, 3 km north-east of Sylhet town, Bangladesh. The Hindu Goddess Sati’s Neck fell here. The Goddess is worshipped as Mahalakshmi and the Bhairav form is Sambaranand.

Sati, was the first wife of Shiva as the first incarnation of Parvati. She was the daughter of King Daksha and Queen (the daughter of Brahma). She committed self-immolation at the sacrificial fire of a yagna performed by her father Daksha as she felt seriously distraught by her father’s insult of her husband and also to her by not inviting both of them for the yagna. Shiva was so grieved after hearing of the death of his wife that he danced around the world in a Tandav Nritya (“devastating penance” or dance of destruction) carrying Sati’s dead body over his shoulders. Perturbed by this situation and in order to bring Shiv to a state of normalcy, it was then Vishnu who decided to use his Sudarshan Chakra (the rotating knife s carried on his finger tip). He dismembered Sati’s body with the chakra into several pieces and wherever her body fell on the earth, the place was consecrated as a divine shrine oo Shakthi Peeth with deities of Sati (Parvati) and Shiva. These locations have become famous pilgrimage places as Pithas or Shakthi Pithas, and are found scattered all over the subcontinent including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, apart from India. Sati is also known as Devi or Shakthi, and with blessinggs of Vishnu she was reborn as the daughter of Himavat or Himalayas and hence named as Parvati (daughter of mountains). She was born on the 14th day of the bright half of the month of Mrigashīrsha, which marks the Shivarathri (Shiva’s night) festival.

Shakti Peethas are believes 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 land in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple have shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava.
It is believed that the Neck of Sati Devi has fallen in Sri Shail and the Shakti here is addressed as Mahalakshmi and the Kalabhairava as Sambaranand.

When Sati, the wife of Shiva, sacrificed herself at the Yajna performed by her father Daksha, a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. He was dancing the dance of destruction. And the gods said, “Oh, we are doomed! Shiva is dancing the dance of destruction. Vishnu took his bow and cut the body of Sati into fifty-one pieces with his arrows. And wherever a piece of the Divine Mothers body fell on earth, that place became a Shakti Peetha.

Shakti Peethas are believes 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 land in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple have shrines for Shakti and kalbhairava. It is believed that the Neck of Sati Devi has fallen in Sri Shail. This place was consecrated as a divine shrine Shakti Peeth with deities of Sati (Parvati) and Shiva. These locations have become famous pilgrimage places as Pithas of Shakti Peethas, and also Bangladesh, Shri Lanka and Nepal, Apart from India. Sati is also known as Devi or Shakti, and with blessinggs of Vishnu she was reborn as the daughter of Himavat or Himalayas and hence named as Parvati (daughter of mountains). She was born on the 14th day of the bright half of the month of Mrigashirsha, which marks the Shivarathri festivals.

Timing

Distance

  • From Delhi it is 1742 KM away.
  • From Mumbai it is 2312 KM away.
  • From Kolkata it is 321 KM away.
  • From Chennai it is 1973 KM away.

Location

Joinpur Road,
Ruhitpur,
Dhaka Division,
Bangladesh.