Legend Behind Shakti Peeths and Story of Shiva-Shakti

We all know that there are 51 Shakti Peeths in India that are of great importance in the Hindu faith. So how did these powerful Shakti Peeths come into existence? Read on to know the story behind the emergence of these Shakti Peeths.

Story:

As per the ancient Hindu texts, Lord Brahma created the Universe with Shakti, a part of Lord Shiva, after pleasing Lord Shiva with a Yaga. After successful creation of the Universe, Shakti took birth as Sati to King Daksha, the son of Lord Brahma, and Queen Prasuti after Daksha performed several Yagas to obtain Shakti as his daughter. The ultimate objective of the incarnation of Shakti as Sati was to get married to Lord Shiva and merge with Him once again. However, Daksha developed great animosity towards Lord Shiva as He had cut off the fifth head of Brahmadev in a fit of rage. Hence, Daksha did all he could do to prevent Sati from getting married to Lord Shiva. However, despite the efforts of Daksha, Sati got married to Lord Shiva.

Daksha’s animosity towards Lord Shiva increased after the wedding and in order to humiliate Lord Shiva, Daksha conducted a grand Yaga without inviting his daughter and son-in-law. Despite repeated pleas of Shiva, Sati attended the Yaga without being invited. At the Yaga, Daksha ridiculed both Sati and Lord Shiva. Unable to bear the insults, Sati immolated herself on the sacrificial pyres. An enraged Lord Shiva set forth Veerabhadra and Kali (His two incarnations) to destroy the Yaga and kill Daksha. After the complete destruction of the Yaga, Lord Shiva carried the burnt body of Sati on His shoulders and performed the fearsome “Shiva Tandava”. In order to calm down Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu released the Sudarshan Chakra that dismembered the body of Sati. These body parts fell at different places on earth. The places where the body parts fell are known as Shakti Peeths.

Significance of Shakti Peeths:

It is believed that spiritual energies are concentrated at Shakti Peeths and one can either have all his desires fulfilled or obtain salvation from desires by worshipping at the Shakti Peeths.

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