Devi Shakti or Shakti is related to goddess Parvati and there are various Shakti Peethas (shrines) in India. The legend of Sati's self-immolation is an important part in the formation of devi temples in India.
After self-immolation, each part of Sati's body falls in different places of India. These places originated into various forms of goddess Shakti (Shakti Peethas) like Durga, Kali, Chandi, etc. according to many Sanskrit scriptures.
These 51 shrine of the goddess Sati are one of the prominent religious places.
Here are some of the famous hill top devi temples in India!
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple is situated on top of Bilwa Parvat, on the Shivalik Hills of Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Mansa , a form of devi shakti.
Mansa means wish and visiting Mansa devi is believed to fulfill all the wishes. The temple is one of the Panch Tirtha (Five Pilgrimages) in Haridawar.
The major attraction here is the rope-way service called "Mansa Devi Udhankhatola", which takes devotees to the temple on the hill.
Mansa Devi is also near to Chandi Devi temple and it is believed that both goddess stay in close proximity with each other.
Mansa Devi Temple is one of the must visit places in Haridwar.
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Sharada Mata Temple
Sharada Mata Temple is situated in Maihar of Madhya Pradesh. It is the temple of Sharada Mata, another form of Parvati.
The temple is one of 51 Shakti Peethas and is one of the famous temples in Madhya Pradesh.
It is built on top of Trikoota hill and devotees have to climb 1063 steps to reach the temple.
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The original temple was built by Hoysalas in 12th c and later the other parts of the temple have been added.
The idol of goddess Chamundeshwari is said to be made of gold and the temple Gopura (monumental tower) has seven storeys with classic carvings.
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Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Saptashrungi Devi Temple is located in Nashik of Maharashtra. The name Saptashrungi Devi means the one who resides in seven mountain peaks.
The temple is called as one of the "three and half Shakti Peethas" in Maharashtra. Saptashrungi is hill range which is a part of Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats.
This holy place situated in a serene environment is one of the popular temples in India and Maharashtra.
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Kanaka Durga Temple
Kanaka Durga Temple is a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga. It is situated in Indrakeeladri hill of Vijayavada in Andhra Pradesh.
The temple is believed to be constructed by the epic hero Arjuna. Mythology says, this is the place where Arjuna gained Pashupatastra from Lord Shiva.
Kanaka Durga Temple is one of the famous temples in Andhra Pradesh.
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Tara Tarini Temple
Maa Tara Tarini temple is one of the famous Tantra Peethas in India. Here goddess Tara Tarini is worshipped as the Stana Peetha (Breast Shrine).
It is located atop Kumari hills near Brahmapur city of Odisha. Tara Tarini Temple is one the prominent Shakti Peethas and a Hindu pilgrimage site.
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Vaishno Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi is a popular Hindu religious place in India. It is located in the Trikuta mountains in Jammu.
Many devotees visit Vaishno Devi as part of the theertha yatra (pilgrimage). People who visit Vaishno Devi can stay in Katra, which is a base camp for the temple.
It is one of the famous devi temples in India.
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