Lalitha Devi temple is one of the two Shaktipeeths present in Allahabad. A Shaktipeeth is a temple built at a place where some body part of Sati is believed to have fallen from the sky. The temple is located near the Bargad Ghat, which is one of the more popular bathing ghats on the banks of Ganga. The main shrine of the temple is a Linga made of mercury and is adorned with bright clothing and gold ornaments. The best time to visit the temple is during any of the two narvatris, during which a fair is organized. The main event of the fair features worship of images brought all the way from Bengal. After the fair, these images are immersed in the Holy River.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.