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Danteshwari Temple

, Jagdalpur

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The Danteswari temple belongs to the group of the 52 Shakti peeths, the symbol of feminine divinity in India. The temple was built by the rulers of the Chalukya dynasty in the 14th century. The temple has been named after the goddess Danteshwari, who was the presiding deity during the rule of the early Kakatiyas.

Legends have that when Goddess Sati performed self mortification by burning herself due to the disgust caused upon her consort Lord Shiva by her father. Agitated by this Lord Shiva destroyed the Yaga of Daksha and started doing ‘Taandav’ with Sita’s body in his hands. To minimize the grief of the Lord, Vishnu cut the dead body of the goddess and it got scattered to 52 different places, thus giving them a common name Shakti Pithas. Danteshwari Temple is one of the Shakti Pithas.

This six hundred years old temple is situated at the confluence of pious rivers Shankini and Dhankini. Representing a perfect cultural and religious blend of the various Bastar communities, the temple is an example of great south Indian style of architecture.

The main highlight of the temple is the Goddess’s black stone idol and the Garuda pillar located at the center of the temple. The temple structure is divided in four parts, namely - Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The shikhara of the temple, displaying sculptural finesse, should not be missed.

The best time to visit this temple is during the Dussehra festival (October) when thousands of tribal from the adjoining towns and jungles come together to worship the deity. The idol of the Goddess is taken out of the temple and displayed around the city accompanied by a royal procession.
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