Shriparvata Shaktipeeth is located in Ladakh, India. This temple is devoted to Mata Durga. This temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of Maa Shakti. There is also another belief that a similar Shakthi Peeth is located in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh.
The chief legend of Shariparvata relates to the creation of the Shakti Peethas. Sati, the daughter of Prajapati Daksha, was married to the god Shiva versus his wishes. Daksha arranged a great yajna but did not invite Sati and Shiva. Uninvited, Sati reached the yajna site, where Daksha ignored Sati as well as Shiva.
Sati was not able to withstand this insult. So, Devi Sati gave her life by jumping into the fire of Havan organized by her father King Daksh. When Lord Shiva was running around the planet carrying her body Lord Vishnu divided the body into 51 parts utilizing his Sudarshan chakra. Out of those 51 parts, from which the ‘Right Anklet’ of Sati fell to this place. Shakti is worshiped as Goddess ‘Sundari’ in this temple and Bhairav is worshiped as ‘Sunderananda’.
It is believed that “Takar” was born at this place, Siddhas came here to achieve the excellence of Aindrajalika Siddhis. It is also believed that a person can quickly achieve Vedartha Gyan with minor meditation.
Aside from Hinduism, you discover Buddhism is a dominant religion and you will feel the significance of Buddhism in music, architecture, regional people’s lives, and paints.
According to a couple of old scripts Srisailam in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India is believed to be Shriparvat. It is also treated as Dakshin Kashi, as it houses one among 12 Jyotirlingas.
The entire art and architecture of the temple is excellent. Exterior premises have lots of carvings of numerous gods and goddesses. Maa Kheerbhawani’s (Ksheerbhawani) holy temple is also located here.
In the inner sanctorum, is the idol of Maa Sati made from black stone and is usually covered with red fabric. Around the idol is the gold dome that covers the idol 2/3 part from over.
Maha Shivaratri during February- March is a significant celebration of this place and is enjoyed with wonderful worship, excitement, and devotion. People keep fast at the time of these days as this day is believed extremely fortunate. On the other hand, Navaratri is also a significant festival and is enjoyed for Nine days, and 9 forms of the goddess Durga are worshipped. A unique fair is held during Deepavali.
How to Reach
- By Air: The nearby Airport is at Leh, and it is well-connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, and several other cities in India.
- By Train: The nearby Railway Station is Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) and it is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
- By Road: Ladakh is located 434 km from Srinagar and 494 km from Manali. You can hire a cab or a jeep or board a JKSRTC bus to reach Ladakh.
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