Kamakshi Amman Temple|| Famous Shakthi Petas In India
There are 51 Shakti Peetas across the country. Kamakshi Amman Temple is one among them. t is the ancient temple as well as a highly revered temple. The pilgrims from all over the world have been thronged to the temple especially during Navratri, Bhramotsavam, and Pournami (Full Moon Day). Have a glimpse of the Goddess Kamakshi on these auspicious days and receive her blessings. It is believed that the back part of the Goddess is fell here. I
The goddess residing place in Kanchi is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is popularly called as “Sri Kamakshi. The word is derived from the heritage “Ka” means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akshi” means Eye.
Despite there are many Shiva temples in the city, the only temple to have the sanctorum of the goddess is ‘SRI KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE’. There are also eight other Shakti goddesses surrounding the temple.
The Goddess worshipped Lord Siva by creating a mud idol in Kanchi. At that moment, Lord Siva incarnated as Kamba River with high tides to test the worship of the goddess, the goddess grasped the idol closely with her two hands from eroding in the tides. This prevented the idol from getting eroded in the floods. The goddess also performed Pooja by sitting in a needle tip surrounded by “Panchakarma” (surrounded by 5 fires) to free herself from the interest of livelihood. Lord Shiva became happy, gestured before her and married the goddess.
5:30 AM to 12:15 PM – Afternoon closed – 4:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Friday till 9:30 PM and Pournami day till 10:30 PM)
Read the intriguing legend of Shakti Peethas:
Lord Brahma performed a yagna to please Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. Pleased by his devotion Goddess Sati emerged, separating from Lord Shiva and helped Brahma in the creation of the universe. Thereafter, Brahma decided to reunite Shakti and Shiva. To fulfill his father desire, his son Daksha performed various yagnas to get a boon that Shakti will born as his daughter. He was blessed with 27 daughters, Sati Devi is one among them.
Once, Dashka entered the arena of a Yaga performed by Agni, everyone except Lord Shiva stood up as a mark of respect. Daksha felt insulted by Lord Shiva’s behavior. Daksha started hating Lord Shiva and decided not to let Lord Shiva and Sati get married. However, Sati got attracted to Lord Shiva and eventually, she married Lord Shiva without the consent of his father.
One day Daksha performed a yagna with a desire to take revenge on Lord Shiva. Daksha invited all the deities to the yajna except Lord Shiva and Sati. Despite not getting the invitation from his father she keens on attending the yagna. She expressed her desire to Shiva, who tried his best to dissuade her from going. Shiva eventually relented and Sati went to the yagna. Sati, being an uninvited guest, was not given any respect at the yagna. Moreover, Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati was unable to bear her father’s insults toward her husband, so she immolated herself.
Enraged at the insult and the injury, Shiva in his Virabhadra avatar destroyed Daksha’s yagna, cut off Daksha’s head, and later replaced it with that of a male goat as he restored him to life. Virabhadra didn’t stop fighting; he kept raging with anger. Gods prayed to Lord Vishnu. He came there and started fighting him. Still immersed in grief, Shiva picked up the remains of Sati’s body and performed the Tandava, the celestial dance of destruction, across all creation. The other Gods requested Vishnu to intervene to stop this destruction, towards which Vishnu used the Sudarshana Chakra, which cut through Sati’s corpse. The various parts of the body fell at several spots all through the Indian subcontinent and formed sites which are known as Shakti Peethas today.