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Ashta Dasa Shakthi Peetha Stotram

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By Adi Shankara Bhagwad Pada
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

There was a great king called Daksha Prajapati who was the son of Lord Brahma, He had 27 daughters. Sati devi was one of them. Daksha gave his daughter Sati in marriage to Lord Shiva, During the conduct of a fire sacrifice, when Daksha entered the arena, every one except Lord Shiva stood up to respect him. Daksha felt very insulted by Lord Shiva’s behaviour. So when he conducted a yaga again, he did not invite his daughter Sati and his son in law Lord Shiva. Sati felt sad because of this and went to the Yaga against the wishes of Lord Shiva. She was badly insulted by her father Daksha and jumped in to the sacrificial fire. Shiva hearing this rushed to the place but could not save Parvathi. He cut off the head of Daksha and took the body of Sati in his hand and started dancing furiously. To bring down his anger, Lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati in to 18 pieces and these pieces fell down in different places of India. These places are called Shakthi Peethas. Some people are of the opinion that there are 51 Shakthi Peethas and yet others of the opinion that there are 108 Shakthi Peethas. This stotra written by Adhi Shankara names the places of Shakthi Peethas and the name of the Goddess in temples there. The 18 main Shakti Peethas are[1]:

Part of the body fallenPlaceName of Sakthi
1Groin Trimkomali(Srilanka)Sankari devi
2Back Part Kanchi(Tamilnadu)Kamakshi devi
3Stomach part Praddyumnam(Gujarat)Sri srunkala devi
4Head hairs Mysore(Karnataka)Chamundeswari devi
5Upper teeth rows Alampur(Andhra Pradesh)Jogulamba devi
6Neck part Srisailam(Andhra Pradesh)Bhramramba devi
7Eyes sholapur(Maharastra)Mahalakmi devi
8Right hand Nanded(Maharastra)Ekavenika devi
9Upper lip Ujjain(Madya pradesh)Mahakalai devi
10Left hand Pithapuram(Andhra Pradesh)Puruhutika devi
11Navel Cuutack(Orissa)Girija devi
12Left cheek Draksharamam(A.P)Manikyamba devi
13Vulva Gauhathi(Assam)Kamarupa devi
14Fingers(hand) Prayaga(Uttar Pradesh)Madhaveswari devi
15Head part Jwala(Himaclapradesh)Vaishnavi devi
16Breast part Gaya(Bihar)Sarvamangala devi
17Wrist Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh)Visalaksi devi
18Right Hand KashmirSaraswathi devi
Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure 
Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane 

Goddess Shankari in Sri lanka, Kamakshi in Kanchipuram,
Goddess Shrinkhala in Pradyumna and Chamunda in Mysore

Alampure Jogulamba, Sri shaile Bhramarambika 
Kolha pure Maha lakshmi, Mahurye Ekaveerika 

Goddess Jogulamba in Alampur, Goddess Brhamarabika in Sri Shailam,
Goddess Maha Lakshmi in Kolhapur and Goddess Eka veera in Mahur

Ujjainyam Maha kali, Peethikayam Puruhutika 
Odhyane Girija devi, Manikya Daksha vatike 

Goddess Maha Kali in Ujjain Purhuthika in Peethika,
Goddess Girija in Odhyana and goddess Manikya in the house of Daksha,

Hari kshetre Kama rupi, Prayage Madhaveshwari 
Jwalayam Vishnavi devi, Gaya Mangalya gourika 

Goddess Kama rupi in the temple of Vishnu, Goddess Madhevaswari in Allahabad,
The flame gving Goddess in Jwala muki and Mangala Gouri in Gaya.

Varanasyam Vishalakshi, Kashmire tu Saraswati 
Ashtadasha Shakti peethani, Yoginamapi durlabham 

Goddess Visalakshi in Varanasi, Goddess Saraswathi in Kashmir,
Are the 18 houses of Shakthi, which are rare even to devas.

Sayamkale pathennityam, Sarva shatri vinashanam 
Sarva roga haram divyam, Sarva sampatkaram shubham 

If read in the evening daily, it leads to killing of all enemies,
And also curing of all diseases and getting of all types of wealth.

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