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Hey Minaxi, i totally agree with u there are many versions of this story. Actualy no one knows the actual fact behind sati's death and even i find that ma sati is no less than mahadev she is equaly powerful as he.
Therefore, Kamakhya temple also has many stories nt only of sati but also of ma kamakhya nd kamdev.

A special thanks to u minaxi for making me aware of many facts as i was unaware of Goddess Parashakti. i hope i wl come across of many more things frm u. Please do write.

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Thank you so much Meenakshi - this is such wonderful thread and already so many beautiful stories and pics are here. I have learned lot already!

I thought maybe too I would tell about a mandir that is in my neighbourhood in Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk) - it is the Gauri Shankar mandir.

It is about eight centuries old, and the legend of it is that a Maratha soldier called Apu Ganga Dhar was very great Shivbhakt.  He was injured almost to death in battle, and so prayed to Lord Shiv that if he could be spared he will build a beautiful mandir to Shivji.  Although all thought he was dead, he survived as if by miracle and went on to build this beautiful mandir - you can even see his name inscribed in the wall.

Gauri Shankar mandir has shrine with murtiyan of Shivji and Mata Parvati and also Ganeshji and Karthikey.  Behind the murtiyan there are so complicated paintings done in silver showing many scenes from Shivpuran.

This temple is always very busy but especially Shivratri it is packed and many beautiful rituals are done all night long.  Even though people come from all over to do puja at this mandir, still it keeps the feeling somehow also of a neighbourhood mandir.

There is a very old Shivling in the Gauri Shankar mandir that is placed in marble and has silver snakes twining all around it.

I am feeling very bad that I do not know how to put picture of this temple - i am still  a learner on the computer. But it is a peaceful temple and many many people move through it each day to pray to Shivji and Mata Parvati.  Many many MANY go on Monday as it is Shivji's auspicious day.

Thank you so much for making this great thread - i can't wait to see what comes on it!Tongue

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@Sukhi, yesterday while posting for the Ambaji temple I was also trying to post the Gabbar temple, one of the Shakti peethas, where Sati's heart was fallen. But the post was not updating after trying for 5 times. Now I realise Devi Shakti wanted to start with her 1st Shakti peeth the Kamakhya templeSmile
@Bhakti, thanks for the info about the Gauri-Shankar templeSmile Every big temple has such an important history related to it.
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                                       Gabbar Tirth 

 According to the Indian Scriptures, Gabbar tirth, situated on the bank of the origin of the Vedic  virgin river Saraswati, is in the hills of Aarasur in Ambika forest, towards south-west side of old hills of Aravalli, one of the 51 Shakti peethas is situated, where Sati's heart had fallen, when Vishnu with his Sudarshan-chakra, cut her body into pieces as described in the scripture "Tantra Chudamani". The Ambaji temple which is situated on the Arasur hill in the Aravali Range does not contain any idol.
There is an Akhand Jyot burning in the temple, which is situated opposite to the Yantra of Ambaji temple.

The original seat of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop. On the Gabbar Hill the footsteps of Goddess are imprinted. The imprint of Her chariot is also found here.

                              The Legend of Mahamaya

Mangal & his wife were devotee of Mata Ambaji, used to go for cow grazing near Gabbar Hill, where they saw an unknown white cow, usually grazing near theirs & then disappearing over Gabbar Hill. One day they followed the cow. They went to the hills of Gabbar & at night reached to a big ground, floored with marbles & wonderful pillars, doors decorated with flowers like heaven, the door simply opened by voice of the holy cow. They went inside & found the Goddess Adhya Shakti sitting in her palace. The cow grazing couple requested for remuneration from Amba mata for the service of the white cow. Mataji gave them some grains of Jav. While returning, they carelessly threw some of the grain on the hills of Gabbar. In the morning they found the grains had turned into Gold. They repented & went back to the hills to see Mataji & prayed for mercy. Ultimately She was pleased & told them, she will be born as their daughter in future. This couple was born as Nand & Yashoda, Mataji was born as their daughter Maha Maya, who disappeared in jail after warning Kans.

As per Mahabharat, on the full Moon Day Of the month Bhadrapad, Rukmini had worshipped her Kul-devata Mata Ambika on the mountain of Gababr Hill, to marry Lord Krishna, who abducted her from the templr. After Rukmimi became Lord Krishna's pat-rani, she had celebrated the well known festival of Navaratri on the earth, in the Garbh-Deep Nritya in Gujarati garaba style with her friends & relatives in Dwaraka    



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Vow minakshi u haved updates 3 temples 1.LOrd Babulnath's story is really nice hear .its remains the local temple of our s which have the same story more over .
2.Ambaji is good to hear form Sakthi peethas .me to asking my mother to out the story of  our side she knew much about that tales...
3.Gabdar Tirth is mind blowing ...i dont know any thing about Yashodha and NandhBaba Previous life ,but i often wonder why they are blessed with such a life .Now i can understand Thank you so much for information about these temples,
And it is said Devi Rukmini worshiped a Balkrishna statue presented by Naradh to Devaki (Mother of krishna ) which is now called as the famous Uddupi Krishna Now . I dont know she is fond of Ma Ambika of Gabdar Tirth,
THank you so for information about it.

@ Sukhi ur KAmaKhya temple information is super thank you !

@ bakthi2 thank you for ur information on Gauri Shankar temple.


@ flamingo vow ! great list thank you.hope all the peethas are covered elaborately under this topic .


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                                                              Shakti Peeth's Locations
I came across locations and the relevant parts of Sati which became Shaktipeeths.However I found it mentioned 52 instead of 51.Below is the detail.

The 52 Shakti Peethas


Durga Mata

The names of Bhairavs are not mentioned in other books except Tantra-Chudamani . All the Shakti-Peeths have secondary deity as Bhairav, besides the primary deity- Shakti. While having a darshan of Shakti-Peeth, a devotee should also have a darshan of Bhairav.

Locations

1.Hingula (Hinglaj) Devi's mind or brain fell here and the idols are Devi as Kotari (Durga) and Shiva as Bhimlochan (Terrible eyed or the third eye). The location is towards 125 km from Karachi, Pakistan.
2.Sharkarare or Karavipur Devi's three eyes fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahishmardini (Durga the destroyer of Mahishashur) and Shiva as Krodhish (the one who can be angry). It is near Karachi in Pakistan, by rail the nearest station is Parkai.
3.Jwalamukhi, Kangra, Devi's tongue fell here and the idols are Devi as Ambika (Mother) and Shiva as Unmatta (Furious). This is located near Pathankot, H.P., Jwalamukhi Road.
4.Sugandha Devi's nose fell here and idols are Devi as Sunanada (Pleasing) and Shiva as Traimbak (Rudra). In the state of Bengal near Barishal in Shivahri Karpur village Devi's temple is located and Shiva's temple is in a village called Ponabalia, nearest railway station is Jhalkati.
5.On Bhairabha mountain near Avanti Devi's upper lips fell here and idols are Devi as Avanti (Modest) and Shiva as Lambakarna (Long eared one). It is located near Ujjain.
6.Attahas (laughter) 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.
7.Prabhas Devi's stomach fell here and the idols are Devi as Chandrabhaga (Throne of the moon) and Shiva as Bakratunda (the one with the bent staff). This is near Mumbai where a launch goes to Bharoal which is near Prabhas.
8.Yanasthana Devi's chin fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhramari (female Bumble bee or attendant of Durga) and Shiva as Vikrakatakkha (one with the crooked eyes or look). Other names are Devi as Chibuka (the one with the chin) and Shiva as Sarvasiddhish (the one who can provide all desires).
9.Godavari (river) Devi's left cheek fell here and the idols are Viswamatuka (mother of the world) and Shiva as Dandapani (the one who holds a staff).
10.Gandaki (river) Devi's right cheek fell here and the idols are Devi as Gandakichandi (the one who overcomes obstacles or Gandi) and Shiva as Chakrapani (Holder of the discus). Famous pilgrimage.
11.Suchidesha Devi's upper teeth fell here and the idols are Devi as Narayani (the wife of Narayan) and Shiva as Sanghar. Panchasagar - Devi's lower teeth fell here and the idols are Devi as Barahi and Shiva as Maharudra (the angry one).
12.Bhavanipur or Karota (river) 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 King of Nator and his grandson the Maharajah Ramakrishna used to meditate here. The seat, the yognakunda and five skulls are still here. In the month of Baisakha according to the Bengali calendar, there is a large fete or Mela here to celebrate Ramanavami or Deepanbita.
13.Shriparvata or Shri mountain Devi's right seat fell here and the idols are Devi as Shri Sunadari (beautiful) and Shiva as Sundaranand (the handsome one).
14.Karnat Devi's two ears fell here and the idols are Devi as Jai Durga (the victoriuos Durga) and Shiva as Avirooka.
15.Vrindavana Devi's hair fell here and idols are Devi as Uma (Devi) and Shiva as Bhootesh (or provider of all desires). Playgorund of Lord Krishna and the gopis.
16.Kirit Devi's crown or headdress fell here and idols are Devi as Vimala (Pure) and Shiva as Sangbarta. Take the train to Ajimganj. The temples are on the shore of the ganges near Batnagar. (in Bangladesh )
17.Shrihatta 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 (carnival). Take train from Calcutta to Goalanda and steamer to Kechuaganj. Then either take a boat or walk about five miles (6 koshas).
18.Nalhati Devi's vocal pipe fell here and the idols are Devi as Kalika (Durga) and Shiva as Yogesh. By train from Howrah station.
19.Kashmir Devi's neck fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahamaya (the great Illusion) and Shiva as Trisandhyasvar. The famous pilgrimage is Amarnath. There is a Shiva linga of glacial ice which expands and contracts with the seasons.
20.Ratnabali Devi's right shoulder fell here and the idols are Devi as Kumari (Durga) and Shiva as Bhairabha (Remover of fear).
21.Mithila 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.
22.Chattagram (also called Chattal) Devi's right arm fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhavani (Devi) and Shiva as Chandrashekhar (the one who has the moon as the crown). It is said that Mahadeva has himself pronounced that he will visit Chandrashekhar mountain regularly during Kali yuga. This is near Sitakunda station. This is in Bangladesh.
23.Manav Kschetra (Field) Devi's right hand or palm fell her and the idols are Devi as Dakhchayani (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.
24.Ujjaini Devi's elbows fell here and the idols are Devi as Mangalchandi (Durga) and Shiva as Kapilambar (one who wears the brown clothes). Shiva is siddhidayaka.
25.Manibandha Devi's middle of the palms fell here and the idols are Devi as Gayatri (Saraswati) and Shiva as Sarvananda (the one who makes everyone happy).
26.Prayag (three rivers meet here) 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 (Quay for boats). Allahabad is the train station.
27.Bahula Devi's left arm fell here and the idols are Devi as Bahula (Abundant) and Shiva as Bhiruk (who is also Sarvasiddhadayaka). Arrive at Katoa rail station and then go to Ketugram which is a pilgrimage.
28.Jalandhar Devi's right breast fell here and the idols are Devi as Tripurmalini (Durga) and Shiva as Bhisan (Gruesome). Jwalamukhi is the nearby Tirtha and train goes from Delhi to Jalandhar.
29.Ramgiri (or Chitrakoot mountain) Devi's left breast fell here (another opinion is that her Nala or Jaghanasti fell here) and the idols are Devi as Shibani (the wife of Shiva) and Shiva as Chanda. Near Bilaspur station and a walk of 2 miles.
30.Vaidyanath Devi's heart fell here and the idols are Devi as Jaidurga (Victorious Durga) and Shiva as Vaidyanath. It is in Bihar. Joshidi is the train station.
31.Utkal, Orissa, Devi's navel fell here and the idols are Devi as Vimala (the pure one) and Shiva as Jagannath (the ruler of the world). This is near the Jagannath temple of Puri in the state of Orissa.
32.Kanchidesh Devi's skeleton fell here and the idols are Devi as Devagarbha and Shiva as Ruru. Bolpur station to Kopar river banks. There is a well for worship.
33.Kalmadhava Devi's right hips fell here and the idols are Devi as Kali (another form of Durga) and Shiva as Asitananda. By praying to the Devi profusely pilgirms can obtain their desired objective.
34.Sone (near Sone river) Devi's left hips fell here and the idols are Devi as Narmada and Shiva as Vadrasen.
35.Kamakhya (or Kamroop) Devi's yoni fell here and the idols are Devi as Kamakhya (personification of love) and Shiva as Umananda. This is near Gauhati in the state of Assam on the banks of the Brahmaputra (the son of Brahma) river. The temple is on top of the Nilachal Hill. This is a famous pilgrimage for women seeking fertility or love. The temple is supposedly built by Kamdev, the god of love. The Umananda temple is nearby in an islet on the river. It has many pet monkeys.
36.Nepal Devi's two knees fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahashira and Shiva as Kapali.
37.Jayanti Devi's left thigh fell here and the idols are Devi as Jayanti and Shiva as Kramadiswar. In Bengal near Sri Hatta.
38.Magadha Devi's right thigh fell here and the idols are Devi as Sarvanandari and Shiva as Bomkesha. Inside Shrihatta at Jayantipargana near the base of the Kahshia mountain Devi's legs are placed here. Srihatta to Kanairghat by boat and then walk 2 miles. In West Bengal.
39.Tripura 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.
40.Khirgram Devi's right toe fell here and the idols are Devi as Yogadaya and Shiva as Khirakantha. Take Eastern Indian Railway to Bardwhan station. Take Bardhwan Katoa Rail to Nigam station. Nigam station to Khirgram (village) is 2 miles. A mela (fete) is held during Baisakha Sankranti.
41.Kalighat (Kolkotta) Devi's four small toes from her right foot fell here and the idols are Devi as Kali and Shiva as Nakulish or Nakuleswar. Famous pilgrimage located in Kolkotta in the state of West Bengal. Kali is a dark complexioned form of Shakti who has taste for blood and death. She rules over the cremation sites and is worshipped by devotees on a dark and moon less night. She is a popular deity of Bengal. kali is the female version of Kala or end of time.
42.Kurukchetra (or fields belonging to the Kuru family where the battle of the Mahbharata was fought between the Kurus and Pandus) Devi's right ankle fell here and the idols are Devi as Savitri or Sthanu and Shiva as Aswanath.
43.Bakreswar 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. Near Ahmedpur station. There are seven hot springs and also the Paphara (remover of sins) river. The Mahamuni Ashtabakra found enlightenment here. On Shivaratri (night) there is a grand Mela (fete) here.
44.Jessore Devi's centre of the hands fell here and the idols are Jashoreswari and Shiva as Chanda (Moon or the one who holds the moon).
45.Nandipur Devi's necklace fell here and the idols are Devi as Nandini and Shiva as Nandikishore.
46.Varanasi (Benaras) 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). Famous pilgrimage in UP and one of the oldest cities in the world. The Puranas say that this city exists even after the Pralaya.
47.Kanashram or Kalikashram Devi's back fell here and the idols are Devi as Sharvani and Shiva as Nimisha.
48.Lanka Her feet bells (Nupur) fell here and the idols are Devi as Indrakschi and Shiva as Rakchaseswara. Indrakschi was created and worshipped by Indra in person.
49.Virat Devi's small toes of the feet fell here and idols are Devi as Ambika and Shiva as Amrita (nectar of immortality).
50.Bivasa Devi's left ankle fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhimarupa and Shiva as Sarvananda.
51.Trisnota Devi's left feet fell here and the idols are Devi as Vramari (Bumblebee) and Shiva as Iswar (God). On the banks of Tista river in Shalbari village in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal.
52.Danteshwari ( Kuldevi Of Baster State ), Dantewada Baster 80 km's from Jagdalpur Chhattisgarh.




 

 



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Thanks to mnx12 for starting such a wonderful thread. Today i would like to discuss about lesser known shaktipeetam of jogulamba devi in Alampur near Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the 18 shakti peetas as designated by Adi Shankaracharya.
It is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra a tributary of river krishna.





TEMPLE HISTORY

ALAMPUR


THE DAKSHINA KASI

Situated on the left bank of the sacred Tunga Bhadra, at a spot, where the river takes a northerly course, Alampur popularly known as 'Dakshina Kasi' happens to be a place of great interest, spiritually and Historically. It is also a store house of sculptural art pieces and are exquisite beauty spot, Where nature reveals itself in all its grandeur

Spiritual Importance:

Skanda and other Maha Puranas, extolling the spiritual importance of Alampur, described it, significantly as Southern Kasi, western gate-way to Srisailam, Bhaskarakshetra and Parasuramaksherta. May be, some other kshetras also go by the name of Dakshina Kasi,but the close similarities that are most pronounced between Varanasi and Alampur, are conspicuously absent in the case of others, as will be evident from the following.

KASI ALAMPUR
Viswanath Brahmeswara Swamy
Visalakshi Jogulamba
Ganga Tungabhadra
64 Ghats & 18 Tirthas 64 Ghats & 18 Tirthas
Ganga & Jamuna Krishna & Tungabhadra
Varuna & Asi eda & Nadavati
Gadadhara Swamy Gadadhra
In Gaya In Papanasini

According to mythology, 'Brahma' Carried on penance at Alampur for propitiating laswara by installing and worshipping a Rasalinga, on account of which the presiding deity, at the "Kshetra" came to be known as Brahmeswara. Alampur does not happen to be mainly a Saiva Kshetra only, The Deities pertaining to the 'Shanmata' of vedic originviz, Saiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya, Ganapatya , Koumara and Soura, also grace this Kshetra, Further, the 'Murtis' representing even the sub-sects of each of the main streams of the aforesaid religions systems, find a place here.

What is more striking is the idol of Bhudevi, (Mother Goddess) installed opposite to Brahmeswara Swamy in the main temple, a blessing to all sterile women, This Deity is worshipped by one and all irrespective of caste or creed. In addition to the ' Nava Brahma' temples, the Shrines of Venkateswara, Yoganarasimha, Suryanarayana, Basava, Vighneswara are also there from time immemorial, bestowing celestial bliss on numerous devotees, that visit the place.

The skhetra happens to be a sacred place for the Muslims also. According to tradition, one Muslim Pahilwar, Shah Ali Pasha met his end at this place while engaged with his associates, in acts of vandalism in the temple, A Darga was raised in his Name and a 'URS' organised in the month of Zilkhad.

Historical Back ' ground:

Alampur is a veritable mine of Historical sources, pertaining to the Western Andhras. A bout 70 copper Plates and stone inscriptions, relating to the several Dynasties that ruled over the South from the 7th to the 17th century are available here. Vaidic Dharma, almost lying dormant for some time, due to the flourishing glory of Buddhism and Jainism. Gained Prominence by about the 5th century in North India, under the protective wings of the Gupta Empire. In view of the salvaging efforts, in this direction by the charnpions of Hinduism ' Chandra Gupta, Samudra Gupta, and Narendra Gupta ' Vaidika Dharma' established supremacy again through ' out Bharat, resulting in the building of majestic temples all over the land.

The program of 'Dharma Raksha' initiated by the Gupta rulers, was taken over and fully implemented in the south, by the Badami Chalukyas and Kanchi Pallavas. Fascinating shrines came into existence, on account of the healthy rivalries among the various rulers of the times.

Parameswara Pulakesi, the Chalukya emperor, Vanquished Harshavardhana, the ruler of the Northern region, in a battle and extended his sway to Kanchi in the South and Kalinga in the East During his regime, Alampur rose to prominence as could seen by the temples with superb architectural beauty that were brought into existence After the Chalukyas Balavarma the army general of Dhara Varsha Dhruva Maharaja of the Rashtra Kutas, who conquered the area, not only completed the temple work left un-finished but also built the Mahadwara of the temple.

Subsequently Alampur passed in to the hands of Kalayani Chalukyes of whom Jagadekamalla Trllokyamalla, Bhuvanaikamalla. Tribhuvanamalla, who visited the kshetra donated lands to the temple and the Vidya peetha, (A University of sculpture and architecture) connected to the same Trilochana Muninatha. Vyalasimha , Ekanta Desika, Isana Rasi, Bhuvana Sakti, Kukkuteswara, Dharanindra Rasi, B r a h m a Rasi Bhattaraka. Vitaranendra Rasi, Someswara Rasi, happen to be some of the most erudite Acharyas that adorned the Vidya peetha. Stone images of some of these Acharyas are found in the Main temple. The installation of the image of 'Kapila Maharshi' at the place, gives credence to the belief that Sankya Darsana was given a prominent place in the curriculum of studies of the Vidya Peetha.

Kalyana Chalukyas were succeeded by Kalachuryas who is turn gave place to kakatiyas Subsequently Vijayanagar emperors extended their sway over the area, which later came under the rule of the Kutubshahi and then the Asafjahi Dynasty. Idols of Veerabhadra were installed in the temple area, by the Chalukyas. Bijjula Timma Bhupala, who ruled over Alampur, under the suzerainty of the Kutubshahi kings, rendered Murari's Sanskrit play, ' Anargha Ragava' into a high class Telugu Prabandhas. The Fort wall of the township was built during the regime of Sri Krishna Devaraya, for the protection of the temples.

Centre of Sculptural Art:

Chalukya style of architecture predominates in the temple structures, in Alampur, Chariot shaped sanctum, sanctorum a frontal ' Antaralam' leading to Ranga Mantapam with a ' Pradakshina ratha surrounding the whole images of Ganga and Yamuna together with Dwara Palakas carved on either side of the entrance, Vimana on the Garbhalaya, witla Amalaka, and Sikhara adorning the same are the chief characteristics of the Chalukyan Architecture.

The temples were built on a rectangular bace, with the entrance facing east. The outer surface of the temple walls are decorated with elegant sculptural desingns. Figuras of Dikpalas are fitted in attractive Deva Koshtas ( niche) and Kosta Panjaras, Sculptural figures pertaining to Mythology are also gracefully carved there on. The walls Presort a picture of Triloka, the upper part adorned with Khechara Midhuna motifs, the middle part with human Midhuna & the lower to the third showing demonic forms carved with grace & elegance.

The principal deities are Jogulamba and Balabrahmeshwara. Goddess Jogulamba
is the 5th Shakti Peeta among 18 shakta peetas in India. Goddess Jogulamba,
seated on the Corpse here sports with scorpion, frog, lizard on its head. She
is naked with her tongue stretched out. This is the fierce goddess that grants
the Siddhi in Yoga and hence she is called Jogulamba. This word is corrupted
form of "Yogula Amma" in telugu which implies Mother of Yogis. Her dhyana sloka
runs as:

"Lamba Sthaneem Vikrutaaksheem Ghora rupaam Mahaabalaam
Prethasana Samaarudhaam Jogulaambaam Namamyaham"

There is a popular legend which says that there was a great saint in 6th
century by name Rasa Siddha who used to convert base metal into gold. It was
this saint in association with chalukya king Pulakesi II who was instrumental in
construction of chain of temples called 'Nava Brahmas'. It is said that there
is a secret tunnel from the garbhalaya of Bala Brahma leading to Srisailam.
According to the legend, these 9 names of Siva are the names of medicinal herbs
put forth by Rasa Siddhas.


Swarga Brahma Temple
Padma Brahma Temple
Arka Brahma Temple
Vishva Brahma Temple
Garuda Brahma Temple
Bala Brahma Temple
Taraka Brahma Temple
Kumara Brahma Temple
Vira Brahma Temple


further information can be accessed through following website


http://jogulamba.org/


Best Regards

Krishna



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Lovely topic Meenaxi...

im here to Share about my KulDevta(Family God) Mangeshi-the temple is situated in Goa,and is a family deity of the Gotras(clans) Kaundinya and Vatsa...
the deity is in the forum of a black color linga,according to the faith over here...if we visit Mangeshi then we have to visit Shantadurga as well which in the neighboring area...otherwise ur Yatra isnt complete...
for now im posting of Mangeshi only...will post of Shantadurga later

The history of Shri Mangireesh or (Shri Mangueesh or Shri Mangesh) dates back to the Puranas. The Sahyadri Khand of Skand Purana says that Parshuram invited 66 Panch Gaud Brahmins belonging to 10 gotras from Trihotra (believed to be Tirhut in Bihar) to Kushasthal (now known as Kutthal, Goa) for performing the Yadnya after wiping out the Kshatriyas.

Each group had brought with it the idol they used to worship and installed it in the villages donated by Parshuram out of the land reclaimed by him from the sea.

Those belonging to the Vatsa and Kaundinya gotra received Kushasthal as gram dan and installed in the village their family deity, Shri Mangireesh. The Purana explains that the Bramha had established the Shivalinga at Monghir in Trihotra and it came to be known as Mangireesh or Mangeesh.

It is stated that when Parvati was in search of Shiva, she was scared at the site of a tiger that was Shiva himself and shouted for help from him. However, instead of saying "Trahiman Gireesh" she said: "Trahimangeesh!!" out of fear and nervousness. The Gomantak Kshetra Mahatmya reports the second avatar of Shri Mangireesh in Goa in the same fashion.

Lord Shiva settled down in Kushasthal and Parvati in a neighboring village.

In 1560, anticipating the onslaught of the Portuguese, the devotees had moved Shri Mangesh Shivalinga from Kutthal to a safer place under a Hindu prince. Surrounded by hillocks and covered by forests, the Shivalinga was kept at a place, which now is known as Mangeshi.


this is how the Shiv Ling is dressed up during the Ter-what we call it,Goans call it Jatra

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shruti




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