Shona Shakti Peeth is one among the 52 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Sati and is situated in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. It is said that, the right buttock of Goddess Sati fell here, when Lord Vishnu in order to relieve Lord Shiva from grief of losing his wife Sati, used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to cut Goddess Sati's body. At the place where the right buttock of the goddess fell, a temple was constructed. In the temple, the idol of Devi Sati is called as ‘Narmada’ and Lord Shiva is worshipped as ‘Bhadrasen’.
About the temple
The inner sanctum of the Shona Shakti Peeth temple is marvellous. In the centre is an idol of Goddess Narmada and is surrounded by the golden ‘Mukut’, all around it. Just few meters to both the side, the idols of different goddesses are adorned. The platform, where Maa Narmada's idol is there, made of silver. When it comes to the art and architecture, Shondesh Shakti Peeth is beautifully built and carved. The temple with white stones has ponds all around it making it a picture perfect view. The charm of the location is manifold with breathtaking view of river Son and the nearby kund. These spots can't be missed by the visitors. The most magnificent view is that of two hill ranges namely, Vindhya and Satpura merge in this part of the state.
The temple is set in such a beautiful location that the enchanting view of the Sone River, originating from a nearby Kund can be enjoyed endlessly. It is the perfect location to get the pictorial sceneries of the Satpura ranges and the flapping valleys. Rising sun can also be seen from this picturesque spot. There around 100 steps to climb in order to reach the temple. One more thing that makes this place more charming is the flow of Narmada River.
About the Deity
The main Deity is DEVI NARMADA also called SHONA SHAKTI PEETH.
Legend and stories
Shondesh Shakthi Peeth is an ancient temple of about 6000 years old. The temple is founded by Suryavanshi Samrat Mandhata. Goddess Sati burnt herself alive in a yagna, that distressed Lord Shiva.He picked the corpse of Sati on his shoulder and started his Taandav dance. This horrified all deities in the heaven as this could lead to a holocaust .This made Lord Vishnu to unleash his Chakra and cut Devi Sati's body into 52 pieces.Shri Narmada Devi Temple is the place where right hip of Sati fell.
Somvati Amavasya, Navratri, Makar Sankranti, Ram Navami, Sharad Purnima and Deepawali are some of the important festivals being celebrated in the temple.
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The Nearest airport to Amarkantak is Dumna Jabalpur (250 km) and Raipur (245 kms).
The nearest railway station to Amarkantak is Pendra Road (17 km) in Chhatisgarh, though Anuppur (48km) is more convenient. Bilaspur (120 km) in Chhattisgarh is also another city close to Amarkantak and linked through railway network with all major cities of India.
Amarkantak is connected by regular bus service with Shahdol, Umaria, Jabalpur, Rewa, Bilaspur, Anuppur and Pendra Road.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.
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