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 kms. away from Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. It is one of the oldest temples in India, it is build in 14th century during the rule of Chalukyas. From tradition goddess Danteshwari is considered as family goddess of Bastar state and 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, 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, idol is taken from temple for procession.
  3. It is one of the spiritual center which is famous for its traditional rituals, architecture and sculpture wealth. Danteshwari Temple is build with rich art of sculpture and main deity is chiseled with black stone. It is divided into four parts and is surrounded with 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: Nearest railway station is Dantewada which is 1 km. away. You can also use Kawargaon or Gidam railway stations which are 8 kms. away.

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


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