Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Maa Vishweshwari Shakti Peeth

Maa Vishweshwari Godavaritir or Sarvashail Shakti Peeth –

Sarvashail or Godavaritir is the famous Shakti Peetha where it is said that the Left Cheek of Maa Sati fell and the idols worshiped at this religious place are Rakini or Vishweshwari (Vishweshi) or Viswamatuka (The mother of the whole world) and Lord Shiva as Dandapani or Vatsnabh. This Shakti Peetha is a famous Hindu temple located at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of Godavari river near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Legend has it that Sage Gautama lived on the Brahmagiri Hills at Trayambakeshwar with his wife Ahalya. The rishi kept his stock of rice in a granary. Once, a cow entered his granary and ate up the rice. When the rishi tried to ward the cow away with Durbha grass, it fell dead. The rishi wanted to relieve himself of the sin of ‘Gohatya’. He worshipped Lord Shiva and requested him to bring the Ganges to purify his hermitage. Lord Shiva pleased with the rishi appeared as Triambaka and brought along the river Ganges. Since the Ganges was brought down to Triambakeshwar by Sage Gautama, it is known here as Gautami. It is also known as Godavari because the river helped Sage Gautama to relieve his sins.

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