Ashtadasa Sakthi Peeda Stotra

Sakthi Peeda means holy places of cosmic power. They are places of worship consecrated to the goddess 'Shakti'.

Legend of Sakthi Peeda:

There was a great king called Daksha Prajapati who was the son of Lord Brahma, He had 27 daughters. Sati devi(avathar of Godess) was one of them.  Daksha gave his daughter Sati in marriage to Lord Shiva.

During the conduct of a fire sacrifice, when Daksha entered the arena, every one except Lord Shiva stood up to respect him. Daksha felt very insulted by Lord Shiva’s behaviour. So when he conducted a yaga again, he did not invite his daughter Sati and his son in law Lord Shiva. Sati felt sad because of this and went to the Yaga against the wishes of Lord Shiva.

She argued with her Father for his mistake of not inviting his Son-in-law and herself. Her father badly insulted Her and Her husband infront of  all guests and relatives. Powered with anger, distress and insult She jumped in to the sacrificial fire. Shiva hearing this and rushed to the place but could not save Parvathi. He cut off the head of  Daksha and took the body of  Sati in his hand and started dancing furiously. The body of Sati was cut in to 18 pieces and these pieces fell down in different places of India. These places are called Shakthi Peethas. Some people are of the opinion that there are 51 Shakthi Peethas and yet others of the opinion that there are 108 Shakthi Peethas. Adhi Shankara, the great saint names 18 places of Shakthi Peethas and the name of the Goddess in temples there in his Ashtadasa Sakthi Peeda Stotra..

The so called 18 peedas are:

  1. Bhramaramba - Srisailam, Andhra pradesh
  2. Mahakali - Ujjain, Madhya pradesh
  3. Jogulamba - Alampur , Andhra pradesh
  4. Ekaveera - Mahur,  Maharashtra
  5. Manikyamba - Andhra pradesh
  6. Maha lakshmi  - Kolhapur, Maharashtra
  7. Puruhutika - Pithapuram m , Andhra pradesh
  8. Girija  - Biraja, Orissa
  9. Kama rupini - Gauhati, Assam
  10. Sankari - Sri lanka
  11. Mangala gauri - Gaya, Bihar
  12. Kamakshi - Kanchi, Tamil nadu
  13. Vaishnavi  - Jwalamukhi, Himachal pradesh
  14. Shrinkhal -  West bengal
  15. Saraswati - Sarika, Srinagar,  Jammu&Kashmir
  16. Madhaveswari /Lalitha - Prayaga , llahabad, Uttar pradesh
  17. Chamundeswari - Mysore , Karnataka
  18. Visalakshi - Kasi, Varanasi, Uttar pradesh

Ashtadasa Sakthi Peeda Stotra
 
It is believed that Aadi Shankara wrote this stotra in Kohlapur Mahalaxmi Temple, Maharashtra.
 
Mahalakshmi, Kolhapur

Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure /

Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane //



Alampure Jogulamba, Sri shaile Bhramarambika /

Kolha pure Maha lakshmi, Mahurye Ekaveerika //



Ujjainyam Maha kali, Peethikayam Puruhutika /

Odhyane Girija devi, Manikya Daksha vatike //



Hari kshetre Kama rupi, Prayage Madhaveshwari /

Jwalayam Vishnavi devi, Gaya Mangalya gourika //



Varanasyam Vishalakshi, Kashmire tu Saraswati /

Ashtadasha Shakti peethani, Yoginamapi durlabham //



Sayamkale pathennityam, Sarva shatri vinashanam /

Sarva roga haram divyam, Sarva sampatkaram shubham //

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