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Shakti Peethas (Tantra Peethas) Of India
By Dr.K.K.Debnath, January 2011 []

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Peethas Located  in ancient Bangadesha
1. Attahas (laughter) /Maa Fullora Birbhum (at present West Bengal)
Devi's  lower lips fell here and the idols are Devi as Fullara (Blooming) and Shiva as  Bhairabhvishesya (Lord of the universe). The place is in Bengal near Birbhum.  Image of Devi and the Shiva temple is next to the Devi temple. It is a major  pilgrimage and tourist attraction.

We  need to go from Birbhum to Ahmedpur to Labhpur (6.5 miles). Attahas is just  East of Labhpur, around 115 miles from Kolkata. The temple of Bhairab is beside  the temple of Fullora. The deity is made of stone. It is so large that the  lower leap of the goddess is about 15 to 18 feet wide.

2.  Maa Bahula of Katoa, Bardhaman (at  Present West Bengal)
Devi's  left arm fell here and the idols are Devi as Bahula (Abundant) and Shiva as  Bhiruk (who is also Sarva Siddhi Dayaka). Arrive at Katoa rail station and then  go to Ketugram which is a pilgrimage.

3. Bakreswar of   Birbhum (at  present West Bengal)
Devi's  mind or the centre of the brows fell here and the idols are Devi as  Mahishamardini (the slayer of Mahishasur or Durga) and Shiva as Bakranath. It  is near to Ahmedpur station. There are seven hot springs and also the Paphara  (remover of sins) river. The Mahamuni Ashtabakra found enlightenment here. On  Shivaratri night a grand Mela (fete) is celebrated here.

4. Bhavanipur or Karota (river) at Nator of present Bangladesh (ancient  Bangadesh)
Devi's  left seat or her clothing fell here and idols are Devi as Aparna (the one who  ate nothing, not even leaves) and Shiva as Bhairabha (Destroyer of fear). The  temple of karatoya is situated at village Bhavanipur, 28 Kms from Sherpur in  Bogura district, Bangadesha.

The  King of Nator and his grandson the Maharajah Ramakrishna used to meditate here.  The seat, the yognakunda and five skulls are still there. In the month of  Baisakha according to the Bengali calendar, there is a large fete or Mela  organized here to celebrate Ramanavami or Deepanwita.

5. Bivasa – Midnapur (at present West Bengal)
Devi's  left ankle fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhimarupa and Shiva as  Sarvananda. It is situated in Tamluk of  Midnapur district of West Bengal.

6. Chattagram (also called Chattal) at present Bangladesh (ancient  Bangadesh)
Devi's  right arm fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhavani (Devi) and Shiva as  Chandrasekhar (the one who has the moon as the crown). It is said that Mahadeva  has himself pronounced that he would visit Chandrasekhar Mountain regularly  during Kali Yuga. The famous Chandra Nath Temple on the top of the hill is the  Bhairava temple of this Shakti Peetha. This is near Sitakunda station, Chattagram  in Bangladesh.

7. Jayanti (jayantia) at present Bangladesh  (ancient Bangadesh)
Devi's  left thigh fell here and the idols are Devi as Jayanti and Shiva as  Kramadiswar. Jayanti is situated at Kalajore Baurbhag village of Falzur Pargana  under Jayantia Thana of Sylhet district, Bangladesh. This Shakti Peetha is  locally known as Falizur Kali Bari.

Other Versions:
Adorned  by mountains, forests and a river, Jayanti is a quiet little village 11 km.  away from Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal. Tall forests of Sal,  Segun, Simul, Palash and Sirish trees hide the mountains and sky, while the  sparkling Jayanti River flows beneath. Though normally accessible, the pathways  may become difficult to negotiate during the monsoon.

A  two-hour trek takes one to the top of a hill from the Jayanti Railway station, where  there is a Sati Temple. There is also a Mahakaal Temple in three adjacent  caves. In the first cave there are idols of the Brahma-Vishnu- Maheshwar  trinity, in the second there is one of Lord Shiva, and in the third, that of  Goddess Mahakali.

8. Jessore / Yashohar/ Yashor in present Bangladesh (ancient Bangadesh)
Devi's  centre of the hands fell here and the idols are Devi as Jashoreswari and Shiva  as Chanda (Moon or the one who holds the moon). Jashoreswari, situated at  Ishwaripur, Shyamnagar, district Satkhira, Bangladesh. The temple complex was  built by Raja Pratapaditya, whose capital was Ishwaripur.

9. Kanchidesh (Konkaal or Skeleton) at Bolpur – Bardhaman, present West  Bengal
Devi's  skeleton fell here and the idols are Devi as Devagarbha and Shiva as Ruru.  The name Kanchi means very thin bamboo  branches, which is like kankal or skeleton, so the name Kanchidesh appeared. The  place is known as Kankali tala. The Devi is locally known as Kankaleshwari.  There is a well for worship, on the banks of Kopai or Kopar River 10 km towards  north-east from Bolpur station of district Birbhum, West Bengal.

Other Views: Kanchipuram, a  very famous pilgrimage spot, is situated in Tamil Nadu and is very widely known  for the spiritual powers of the Devi Kamakshi. This is one of the Pancha Budha  Shrines situated in Tamil Nadu and represents the earth form. The Shiva is  called “Ekambara Natha”. Kanchi is also famous for the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt,  from where the Great Sage Sri Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati (also  affectionately called as “Sri Maha Perival”) enshrined his blessings to the  thousands of devotees thronging the mutt for a glimpse of him.

10. Khirgram (Yogadaya) at Bardhaman, West Bengal
Devi's  right big toe fell here and the idols are Devi as Yogadaya and Shiva as  Khirakantha. Take Eastern Indian Railway to Bardhawan station. Take Bardhawan  Katoa Rail to Nigam station. Nigam station to Khirgram (village) is 2 miles. A  mela (fete) is held during Baisakha Sankranti.
It  is also widely opined that this is the same as the Chintapurni Temple, where  the toes of Sati goddess had fallen being cut off by the Chakra of Lord Vishnu  when he was cutting away the pieces of Sati's dead body carried by Lord Siva during  Tandava Nritya.

The  Pindi represents Sati's feet and is a manifestation of her. Chintapurni Devi is  believed to fulfill the desires of a person who comes there and devotedly  worships her. The Mantra repeated in the Puja is said to have been  revealed by the Devi herself when she appeared in human form.

11. Kirit – Ajimganj, Murshidabad in present West Bengal
  Devi's  crown or headdress fell here and idols are Devi as Vimala (Pure) and Shiva as  Sangbarta.  It is situated at Kirit at  Kirit Kona village, 3 km from Lalbag Court Road station under district  Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. Take the train to Ajimganj. The temples are on  the shore of the Ganges near Batnagar.

12. Magadha (Patna) at Shrihatta at present Assam (Ancient Bangadesha)
Devi's  right thigh fell here and the idols are Devi as Sarvanandari and Shiva as  Bomkesha. Inside Shrihatta at Jayanti pargana near the base of the Kahshia  Mountain Devi's legs are placed here. One has to go from Shrihatta to Kanaier ghat  by boat and then walk 2 miles. Other  version says it is at Patna may be due to the name “Magadha”.

13. Manav Kschetra (Field) Kogram, Bardhaman at present West Bengal
Devi's  right hand or palm fell here. Idols are Devi as Dakhshayani (Durga) and Shiva  as Amar (Immortal). Take train from Howrah station to Guskar station and then a  few miles to Kogram. Mahadeva is considered Siddhidayaka or provider of all  wishes. Other Version says it is Manas,  located at Tibet near Mansorovar.

14. Mithila at present Bihar ( ancient Bangadesh)
Devi's  left shoulder fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahadevi (Devi) and Shiva as  Mahodara (the big belied one). This is near Janakpur station (present Bihar).  According to ancient literature, Mithila was a part of Ancient Bangadesh.

15. Nalhati in Birbhum, West Bengal 
Devi's  vocal pipe fell here and the idols are Devi as Kalika (Durga) and Shiva as  Yogesh. The temple is known as "Nalateshwari Temple", near Nalhati  station of Birbhum district, West Bengal. One needs to go by train to Nalhati  Railway station from Howrah station (145 Km) and then by Rickshaw to temple.

16. Nandipur at Birbhum, West Bengal
Devi's  necklace fell here and the idols are Devi as Nandini and Shiva as Nandikishore.  The temple is locally known as "Nandikeshwari" temple. Nandipur is  now in Saithia town. The temple is only 1.5 km East of Saithia rail station  (120 miles from Kolkata) under a banyan tree within a boundary wall, Birbhum  district, West Bengal.

17. Shrihatta, Bangladesh (ancient Bangadesh)
Devi's  nape of the neck fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahalakshmi (The goddess  of prosperity and wife of Mahavishnu) and Shiva as Sarvananda (The one who  makes everyone happy). Devi's temple is near Shrihatta town and Shiva's temple  is near Jainpur. Shivaratri and Ashokashtami are celebrated with a mela. Take  train from Calcutta to Goalanda and steamer to Kechuaganj. Then either take a  boat or walk about five miles.

18. Sone (near Sone River) at present MP Sate
Devi's  left hips fell here and the idols are Devi as Narmada and Shiva as Vadrasen.  The place is located in present MP state.

19. Sunanada (Sugandha) at Barisal, Bangladesh (ancient Bangadesh)
Devi's  nose fell here and idols are Devi as Sunanada (Pleasing) and Shiva as Traimbak  (Rudra). Devi's temple and Shiva's temple are situated in a village called  Ponabalia on the banks of the river Sunanda. It is under Shikarpur or Shivahri  Karpur village, Gournadi, about 20 Kms from Barisal town. The nearest railway  station is Jhalkati. A large numbers of worshippers visit this place during  Shiva chaturdashi day of March.

20. Tripura (ancient Bangadesha)
Devi's  right foot fell here and the idols are Devi as Tripurasundari and Shiva as  Tripuresh. Devi is grantor of all wishes or Sarvavishta pradyani. It is situated at the top of  the hills known as Tripura Sundari temple near Radhakishore pur village, a  little distance away from Udaipur town, ancient capital of Tripura.

21. Trisnota (Tristrota) at District Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
Devi's  left feet fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhramari (Bumblebee) and Shiva as  Iswar (God).  It is situated on the banks  of Tista River in Shalbari village of Falakata in Jalpaiguri district in West  Bengal.

22. Ujaani at  Bardhaman District, West Bengal
Devi’s  right wrist (Elbow) fell here. Devi is worshiped as “Mangala chandika” and  Shiva as “Kapilambar”. The place Ujaani is 16 Kms from Guskar Station under  Bardhaman district of West Bengal.

23. Vaidyanath at Deoghar in Jhar Khand state (Ancient Bangadesh)
Devi's  heart fell here and the idols are Devi as Jaidurga (Victorious Durga) and Shiva  as Vaidyanath. It is in modern day Bihar. Joshidi is the train station. One of  the only 12 Jyotir Linga Shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva throughout India is  here.

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