When Sati, the wife of Shiva, sacrificed herself at the Yajna performed by her father Daksha, a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. He was dancing the dance of destruction. And the gods said, “Oh, we are doomed! Shiva is dancing the dance of destruction. How are we ever going to to make him stop? Vishnu save us!”
Vishnu took his bow and cut the body of Sati into fifty-one pieces with his arrows. And wherever a piece of the Divine Mother’s body fell on earth, that place became a Shakti Pitha.
Below we have assembled the list of Shakti Pithas, the part of the Divine Mother’s body associated with the Pitha, Her name, the name of Bhairav (Shiva) associated with the Pitha, and the geographical location with directions to reach it.
1. HINGULAJ or HINGLAJ
Devi’s top part of head
Location: Pakistan, 128 kms north east of Karachi above the cemetary. This sacred place of pilgrimage is particularly situated in a mountain cave “Hinglaj” on the river bank of “Hinghol” at the foothills of “Kheerthar” mountains called “Kanraj” in Lyari district of Baluchistan. Travel by road via the main Karachi – Quetta Highway upto Zero Point for about 75 miles and then west via Lyari town and then towards the signal Fauji Camp Stop, crossing Aghore River passing through Goongi River and then finally stopping at Asha Pura Sarai.
Devi’s Third Eye
Devi: Mahisha Mardini
Location: Pakistan, Karachi, a little distance from the Sukkar Station.
Location: Bangladesh, Barishaal district, 13 miles North of Shikar Puri town on the banks of Sonda River.
Location: Kashmir, Tooshar thirth in Kashmir. From Srinagar go to Pahel Ganj (94 kms), then by jeep go 16 kms and then walk to Amarnath.
Devi: Ambika, also known as Siddhith
Location: In Patankot, go to Jwalamukhi road station which is 13 miles from the temple.
Devi’s left breast
Location: Punjab, Jallandhar. Get off at Jallandhar Cantonement station where there is a Kala Bhairav Temple, Mahavir Temple, Vindeshwari Temple and Tripuramalini Temple.
Devi: Jaya Durga
Location: In Bihar, Vaidyanath town which is also known as Deogar.
Devi’s Two Knees
Devi: Maha Shira
Location: In Nepal, behind Pashupathi Nath Temple.
Devi’s Right Hand
Location: Tibet. At the foot of Mt. Kailash, on the bank of Manasarovar Lake.
10. UTKALE BIRAJA KSHETRA
Location: Orissa, Puri. Next to Jagannath Puri Temple.
Devi: Gandaki Chandi
Location: Nepal, behind Muktinath Temple. Travel by foot 126 kms from Pokara. Cross the Gandaki River. The site is located just beside the Muktinath Temple.
Devi’s Left Arm
Location: West Bengal, Barddhaman District, 8 kms from Katoya Town in Ketu village on the banks of the Ajoy River.
Devi’s Right Elbow
Devi: Mangala Chandika
Location: West Bengal, Vardman District, 16 kms from Gusakura Station is village of Kograam where the temple is located. There are many temples here and this is also the birth place of famous poets.
Devi’s Right hand
Location: Bangladesh, Chittagong district, Sitakund Station above the base of the Chandranath Mountain is the Bhavani Temple.
Devi’s Right Foot
Location: Rajastan, Udaipur City. From Udaipur go to Radha-Kishorpur Village and on the mountain top is the Temple.
Devi’s Left Foot
Location: West Bengal, Jalpaiguri District, Shallabari Village.
17. KAMARUPA KAMAKHYA
Devi’s Reproductive organ
Location: Assam, Gauhati, situated on the Nilanchal Mountain.
Devi’s Right foot big Toe
Location: West Bengal, Bardhaman District, Kshiragram Village.
Devi’s Right foot all little toes
Location: West Bengal, Kolkatta, Kalighat.
20. PRAYAAG (ALLAHABAD)
Location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, near the Sangam.
Devi’s Left Thigh
Location: Bangladesh, Srihath District, in the Khasia Pahar mountain range, Kaljor Bairabhog village.
22. KIRITH also known as KIRITH KONA
Location: West Bengal, Murshidabad District, 3 miles from the Lal Bagh Court Road station.
Devi’s ear rings
Bhairav: Kal or Mahakal
Location: Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi, in Manikarnika Ghat, on the banks of the Ganga River.
Location: Bangladesh, Chittagong District, Kumari Kund.
Location: Harayana, Kurukshetra Town.
26. MANIVED or MANIVEDIKA
Location: Rajasthan, 11 Kms North West of Ajmer, outside Pushkar on the top of the Gayatri Mountain.
Location: Bangladesh, Srihath District, Jainpur Village.
28. KANKALI TALA OR KANJI DESH
Location: West Bengal, Bholpur Station. From Bholpur Station go North East 4 miles on the bank of the Kopai River.
29. KAL MADHAV
Devi’s left thigh
Location: Madhya Pradesh, In the mountains above Amarkanth, on the bank of the Som River.
Devi’s Right thigh
Location: Madhya Pradesh, Amarkanth pilgrimage place, above the Narmada River.
Devi’s Right Breast
Location: Uttar Pradesh, Jhansi, 2 miles from Chitrakut pilgrimage place.
Location: Uttar Pradesh, Vrindavan. The temple is located on Bhuteshwar Road near Bhuteswar Temple which is near New Bus Station.
33. SUCHI OR ANAL
Devi’s 15 Upper Teeth
Location: Tamil Nadu, Kanya Kumari. From Trivandrum it is approximately 80 kms.
34. PANCHA SAAGAR
Devi’s 15 Lower Teeth
Bhairav: Maha Rudra
35. KARATO YATOT
Devi’s Left Buttocks
Location: Bangladesh, Bangura District, Bangura Station. 28 kms from Serapur, in Bhavanipur Village. There is no murti there, but there is a Kali Murti.
Devi’s Right Buttocks
Devi: Sri Sundari
Location: Kashmir, near to Ladhak, Sriparvat is located there. Other people say that Sriparvath is in Andra Pradesh, Guntur District, Sriparvat, Srisailam.
Devi’s left ankle
Location: West Bengal, Medinipur District.
Location: Gujarat, in Kathiawara, near Somanath Temple is Virabal Station, 4 kms from there is Prabhaas. The temple is located at the junction of 3 rivers in Prabhaas.
39. BHAIRAV PARVAT
Devi’s Upper lip
Location: Madhya Pradeshi, Ujjain City on the bank of Shipra River located on the Bhairav Mountain.
40. JANASTHAAN OR JALESTHALE
Location: Maharashtra, near Nasik, on the banks of the Godavari River.
41. GODAVARI BANK
Devi’s Left nostril
Devi: Vishveshwari and Lakini
Bhairav: Dandapaani or Vatsanaabh
Location: Andhra Pradesh, Rajamudry District, the temple can be found on the railway line from Madras to Kolkatta on the banks of the Godavari River. Koti Lingeswar Temple is also there.
Devi’s right shoulder
Location: West Bengal, Hoogly District, Rantakar River bank in Khanakul Krishna Nagar.
Devi’s Left Shoulder
Location: Janakpur Rail Station in Nepal.
Devi’s wind pipe
Location: West Bengal, Birbhum District, Nalhathi Station, about 1 mile west of the railway station. She is called by many names including Kali and Lalateswari.
Devi’s two ears
Devi: Jaya Durga
Location: Place is unknown.
Devi’s mind and the place between Her two eyebrows
Devi: Mahisha Mardini
Location: West Bengal, Birbhum District, 9 kms from Dubrajpur Station.
Devi’s Lotus Feet
Location: Bangladesh, Kulna District, Ishwaripur Town.
Devi’s Lower Lip
Location: West Bengal, Birbhum District, 2 kms from Lavhpur is this temple. Get off at Ahamadpur Station.
Location: West Bengal, Birbhum District, Saithiya Junction Rail Station. Under the banyan tree near the station is the temple.
Location: Sri Lanka, in the mountains above Kandy Town.
Devi’s Toe Nails
Location: Rajasthan, Between Jaipur and Bharatpur.