Shakti Peethas Circuit
Destinations Covered : Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi, Sati Kund, Chandrabadni, Kalimath
Uttarakhand is mythologically blessed with not only the presence of Lord Shiva but also her consort Shakti, the all powerful goddess who incarnated in various forms on the earth. The Mansa Devi temple is one of the panchatirthas or five pilgrimage spots in Haridwar. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the lord Shiva. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Nāga (serpent) Vasuki. On the opposite hill in Haridwar is the Chandi Devi temple. The temple was the resting place of Goddess Shakti who stopped here after killing demons Shumbha and Nishumbha in the incarnation of Chandi.
The Sati Kund in Haridwar is a holy well where Gddess Parvati is worshipped. It is believed that Goddess Paravati was Sati in her previous birth. She married Lord Shiva against the wishes of her father Daksha who did not invite the lord for the yagna and feast in his kingdom after his daughter’s marriage. A furious Sati jumped in the fire of the yagna and immolated herself only to be reborn as Parvati.
The folklore of Shakti also resides at the Chandrabadni Temple in Tehri Garhwal, one of the Shakti Peethas It is here that the torso of Goddess Sati fell when an angry Lord Shiva was carrying her body after she immolated herself. Another shakti peetha is Kalimath, situated on the route to Kedarnath in Rudraprayag. Kalimath is only the place where the goddess Kali is worshipped along with her sisters Laxmi and Saraswati. There is a temple of the goddess Kali, which is visited by a large number of devotees throughout the year, and especially during the Navratras.