51 Shakti Peethas
In Satya Yuga, Daksha performed a yagna with a desire of taking revenge on Lord Shiva. was angry because his daughter Sati had married Shiva against his wishes. Daksha invited all the deities to the yagna except for Shiva and Sati. The fact that she was not invited did not deter Sati from attending the yagna. But Sati, being an uninvited guest, was not given any respect. Furthermore, Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati was unable to bear her father’s insults toward her husband, so she committed suicide by jumping into the pyre. When Lord Shiva heard about her death he became furious. He went to the place where Daksha was performing his yagna and destroyed the area. Daksha was killed by Shiva’s ganas. Daksha
Lord Shiva then carried Sati’s body all over the world in a state of wild grief. At the request of all other gods, Lord Vishnu severed Sati’s body into 51 pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra, so that Lord Shiva could return to his sanity and once again take up his duties. Various parts of Sati’s body fell at different places which became known as Shakti Peethas. At all Shakti Peethas, the Goddess Shakti is accompanied by Lord Bhairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva).
These Shakti Peetas are belongs to very old age and many shakti peetas forgotten or many shakti peetas in same name in various places. On of the shakti peeta of Sati devi's thoracic body part fall at Somnath, Veraval, Saurashtra. This is considered as the Eigth consonant letter / akshar of Sanskrit / sourashta language. By order of Kanchi Kamakoti Sankaracharya Sri Chandrasekara saraswathi swami, a research made on 51 shakti peetas. Finally, Vikatan prasuram (Ananda Vikatan weekly) the author Nagaraja wrote briefly of 51 akshar shakti peetas.
He wrote that " the Jaya @ Bhogada Devi peetam of Somnath, Sourashtra region is unforgettable by history ". In the Somnath mandir premises, the Jaya Devi's Shakti peetam found. The sanskrit book " Chitta Sabara tantram" narrats her idol as :
जो बोगता हिरक्तास्यात त्रिनेत्रा सिंहवाहना .
चाथुर्भुजा कडक केड वराभय करान्विता
This peetam called as ' Mathureswarm' by Meru tantram book and other books called this peetams place as Prabhas Patan.
From this temple, if we move southwards, we can reach southpole. No other land in south side from this temple. This shakti called ' Chandrabhaha devi '.
In this sacred place Lord Krishna came with citizens of Dwaraka kingdom, to observe last days of their life. Lord Krishna from here throw away his body and went His abode Vaikundam. This place was called as ' Dehotsarg'.
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