Friday, 30 October 2015

Danteshwari Temple Dantewada Chhattisgarh | 51 Shati Peethas

Danteshwari Temple is considered as one of the 51 Shakti peethas dedicated to goddess Danteshwari. It is situated in Dantewada (named with the presiding deity goddess Danteshwari) which is 80 km. away from Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. It is one of the oldest temples in India, it is built in the 14th century during the rule of Chalukyas. From tradition goddess, Danteshwari is considered as the family goddess of Bastar state and the presiding deity of earlier Kakatiya rulers.

Significance: 


  1. According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Tooth” of goddess Sati fell down. In local language Hindi, the tooth is called as daanth and the goddess is called with the name Danteshwari
  2. During the occasion of Bastar Dussehra' festival, thousands of devotees and tribal’s from surrounding places throng to the shrine to pay homage to goddess by lighting Jyoti Kalashas. After worshipping for Navratri, the idol is taken from the temple for the procession.
  3. It is one of the spiritual centers which is famous for its traditional rituals, architecture and sculpture wealth. Danteshwari Temple is built with rich art of sculpture and the main deity is chiseled with black stone. It is divided into four parts and is surrounded by massive walls. Temple resembles fine art of Chalukya 
  4. You find Garuda Stambh in front of the temple, it is believed that whoever devotee joins their hands across the pillar they will find a place in paradise.


 Transport:


Road:  As Danteshwari Temple is one of the famous tourist spots in Chhattisgarh, state tourism has taken all the steps to facilitate with transport facilities. Also, it is well connected with neighbor cities.

Railway: The nearest railway station is Dantewada which is 1 km. away. You can also use Kawargaon or Gidam railway stations which are 8 km. away.

Air: Although you have Swami Vivekananda airport in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, nearest airport is Rajahmundry airport (besides state Andhra Pradesh) which is 229 km.


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