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Indian Culture And Traditions

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

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Peethas  in adjoining/neighboring areas of ancient Bangadesh
1. Gandaki (river), Nepal
Devi's  right cheek fell here and the idols are Devi as Gandakichandi (the one who  overcomes obstacles or Gondi) and Shiva as Chakrapani (Holder of the discus).  It is a famous pilgrimage centre. It is  adjacent to Mukti Nath temple (Tantric) at Nepal.

2. Prayag (three rivers meet here) or Allahabad
Devi's  ten fingers fell here and the idols are Devi as Lalita (beautiful). Another  name is Alopi and Shiva as Bhava. Near Tribeni ghat there is Banitirtha ghat, Allahabad  is the railway station.

3. Varanasi (Benaras) or Kasi the place of Shiva and Adi Nath
Devi's  earrings (Kundal) fell here and the idols are Devi as VishwaLakschmi (The  provider of wealth to all) and Shiva as Kala (Time or the end of time). It is a  famous pilgrimage in UP and one of the oldest cities in the world. The Puranas  say that this city exists even after the Pralaya. The famous place ‘Manikarnika’ is located here  and named so because the ear ring of goddess was like pearl (Mani).

4. Vrindavana
Devi's  hair fell here and idols are Devi as Uma (Devi) and Shiva as Bhootesh (or  provider of all desires). It was playground of Lord Krishna and the gopis. The  vana or forest or garden is where the young Krishna grew up in the home of  Yasoda the wife of a cow herd. Krishna was capable of amazing feats and saved  the village from many perils such as the Naga Kaliya and the great rage of  Indra by holding up a mountain above the village. But his time was mostly spent  with the beautiful gopis or cow girls with whom he had many affairs. The  principle of illicit love is the basis of this aspect of philosophy where a  person harbors a secret love for god which he cannot reveal to others.

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