Kumari Kanya Pujan - Why Worship Virgin Girl?


Every year Hindus enthusiastically observe a nine day Navratra (Nine Holy Nights). This nine day period is dedicated to Goddess Durga, whose nine dimensions are celebrated one each day. It is a nine day stretch when a devotee sticks religiously to vegetarian diet. During this period drinks are avoided. Some people voluntarily forego sex also as it is considered a violent act.


During the Navratra especially on the eighth day and ninth day, worship of कुमारी कन्या small girl-child is customary. The girl child is worshipped with complete devotion, after purifying them by the chanting of mantras and she is made to seat on a special pedestal. She is worshipped by offering 'akshat' (rice grains) and by burning incense sticks. She is worshipped because, according to the philosophy of 'Striyah Samastastava Devi Bhedah', women symbolize 'Mahamaya' (The goddess Durga). Even among these a girl child is considered to be the purest, because of her innocence.


Hinduism believes in the universal creative forces to be feminine gender. The very original force is Mahamaya whose inspiration created the gods and the rest of the cosmos. The inspiration is the life force of the entire creation. All the major and minor energies and forces are represented by various goddesses. Navratra deity Durga and all her dimensions are believed to be the manifestations of the same basic inspiration Mahamaya.


Thus, a virgin girl is the symbol of the pure basic creative force according to this philosophy.

If the worshipper is desirous of acquiring knowledge then he should worship a Brahmin girl child. If he is desirous of acquiring power, then he should worship a Kshatriya-girl child. Similarly if he is desirous of acquiring wealth and prosperity, then a girl child belonging to a Vaishya family should be worshipped by him. If a person is desirous of attaining Tantrik-power, Sammohan (hypnotizing), Uchchatan (causing hurdle in the path of other success), then he should worship a shudra-girl-child.

कन्या पूजन कैसे करें ? How to do Kanya Pujan on Durga Mahashtmi & Navami?


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Durga Mahashtmi - Chandi Homam : Havan Samagri and Vidhi



Mahashtmi - Navami (Chandi) Hawan essentials & procedure

नवरात्रों में पूजा के साथ साथ देवी के निमित्त हवन करने का विशिष्ट महत्व है और सर्वकामना पूरक माना जाता है इस हवन को | यद्धपि अधिकांश परिवारों में जलते हुए कंडे पर लौंग के जोड़े, गुग्गल, घी और हवन सामग्री डालकर ही देवी की ज्योति जलाई जाती है |

जहाँ तक शास्त्रीय विधान का प्रश्न है बालू की वेदी बनाकर और उसे आटे से सजाकर ढाक की लकड़ियाँ रख दीजिये | धूप की कटोरी बनाकर उसमें कपूर रखकर प्रज्वलित करने के बाद एक सौ आठ आहुतियाँ दी जाती हैं और अंत में सूखे गोले में हवन सामग्री भरकर पूर्णाहुति दी जाती है |

हवन सामग्री तैयार करने हेतु काले बिना धुले तिल, तिलों के आधे चावल, चौथाई जौ और आठवां भाग बुरा अथवा चीनी मिलाएं | इस मिश्रण में इच्छानुसार अगर, तगर, चन्दन का बुरादा, जटामांसी, इंद्रजौ तथा अन्य जड़ी बूटियाँ आदि मिला लीजिये | थोडा सा देसी घी भी इस सामग्री में मिलाया जाएगा और प्रत्येक आहुति के साथ चम्मच से थोडा -थोडा घी हवन में डाला जाएगा |

Durga Devi Mantra Stuti - a must on navratra

पूर्णाहुति के लिए साबूत गिरी के गोले की टोपी उतारकर उसमे पान का पत्ता, सुपारी और उपरोक्त मिश्रण तथा घी भरकर टोपी लगा दें और इसे सीधा ही अग्नि के मध्य में रख दें |

सभी आहुतियाँ दुर्गा नवार्ण मंत्र एवं दुर्गा सप्तशती के श्लोको के द्वारा दी जाती हैं | पहली बार किसी कुशल ब्राहमण के सहयोग एवं मार्गदर्शन यह पवित्र यज्ञ संपन्न करें |

Note: If Chandi Homam or Yagna is not performed the way it should be, the results would be unproductive.
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Maa DURGA - The Force Supreme Born


The description of Durga given by Sage Vyasa in his 'Markandeya Purana' is available in the form of 'Durga Saptashati'. Durga is the symbol of the force which is the reflection of Power Supreme. Durga inspires humans into labour, work, endeavour, adventure and industry. The worship of this force give birth to 'Shakti' sect in Hinduism. Durga concepts springs from the knowledge of Vedas and Upanishads. In a nutshell, for the destruction of evil forces and non-believers, God's power took birth in the form of Durga.

In an ancient age, Rambhasura was born in a demon dynasty. His son was called Maharshi. The son was as powerful as a wild bull. He was a sorcerer as well. Maharshi could become any beast. Bull buffalo was his favourite form. So, the demons preferred to call him Mahishasur, the bullish demon. He was arrogant and debauch but a favourite devotee of Brahma.

Once he did penance of Brahma standing on one leg only for years. He chanted 'Om Brahma devaye namah'. Lord Brahma appeared to him and asked him to wish for a boon.

Mahishasur asked for immortality.

"No, I can't give you that," Brahma declined and added, "Whoever is born must die. Ask for something else."

Mahishasur said after some thought, "Lord, then bless me that no man or beast kills me. Death at the hands of a woman won't matter." The demon thought that the soft and weak female won't be able to kill him anyway. Brahma granted the boon."

When Mahishasur got his wish granted, he began tormenting humans. He and his demon army would be raid the Yajnas of sages and kill them. The abduction of women and dishonouring them became the order of the day. The reign of terror made the humans cry for some divine help. One day, driven by megalomania, the demon raided god's home Alkapuri, the capital of Lord Indra, the king of heavens.

A battle between the demons and gods began and raged on. The rivers of blood started flowing. The gods were caught on the back foot and couldn't face the onslaught of Mahishasur. They fled.

After the retreat of the gods, Mahishasur captured the throne of Indra. He declared himself to be the new Indra, the lord of heavens. Announcement was made in all the three worlds for everyone to worship Mahishasur as god supreme. Anyone not doing so was to be publicly executed.

The announcement shook the three worlds. The new lord ordered the heavenly beauties of Alkapuri to dance for demons. When they refused Mahishasur terrorised them. The gods ran to the triology of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha. The triology asked the gods to wait for the favourable situation.

The woes of gods pained Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha. They must do something. The three invoked their powers. The powers in energy forms flashed out of their bodies and came together to become an intense light ball which took shape of the goddess Bhagawati Durga riding a lion. Lord Vishnu gave Her His chakra, Shiva handed Her His trident, Brahma gave lightning, Indra gave Vajra, the thunderbolt, Sun armed Her with nuclear weapon, Moon handed Her sword, Wind transferred his speed to Her and other gods gave their respective powers to Durga.

Thus, armed with incredible weapons, the ten-handed goddess, Durga stood there astride the lion while the gods prayed to Her to rid them of the terror of mighty demon, Mahishasur.

Durga screamed in anger. "Don't grieve, gods. I shall slay that demon. Meanwhile, you take shelter in these mountain ranges and wait." Then, she vanished.
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Das Mahavidya - Goddesses of Great Knowledge

Durga and Das Mahavidya

The Das Mahavidyas are known as Wisdom Goddesses. The spectrum of these ten goddesses covers the whole range of feminine divinity, encompassing horrific goddess's at one end, to the ravishingly beautiful at the other. Mahavidya means (Maha - great; vidya - knowledge) Goddesses of great knowledge.



These Das Mahavidya Goddesses are:

Kali
(the Eternal Night) :

The first Mahavidya is Kali. Seated on a corpse, greatly terrifying, laughing loudly, with fearful fangs, four arms holding a cleaver, a skull, and giving the mudras bestowing boons and dispelling fear, wearing a garland of skulls, her tongue rolling wildly, completely naked (digambara - clad in the directions), with just a garland of demon-hands round her waist, with heaped locks of a black cascade of hair. Thus one should meditate on Kali, dwelling in the centre of the cremation ground.

Tara
(the Compassionate Goddess) :


Tara is the second of the mahavidyas. She is described as seated in the pratyaaleerrha asana, on the heart of a corpse, supreme, laughing horribly, holding cleaver, blue lotus, dagger and bowl, uttering the mantra Hum, coloured blue, her hair braided with serpents, the Ugratara. She is the bestows all supernatural powers. She is the tantric form of the Goddess Saraswati.

Tripura-Sundari (the Goddess who is Sixteen Years Old) :

The third Mahavidya is Shodashi (16-year-old lass), also known as Tripura-Sundari and Lalita, among a string of other names. She is the zenith of the creative cycle when the entire universe, like a flower, is in full bloom. She is the chief deity of the Sri Vidya form of worship, and is contacted either in the central circuit of the Sri Yantra, or in her own yantra, the Nava-Yoni Chakra. Her anthropomorphic qualities are brilliancy, manifestation, sweetness, depth, fixity, energy, grace, and generosity.

Bhuvaneshwari (the Creator of the World) :

Means the Queen of the Universe, Maya, power of love, peace within, as void. She is like the red rays of the rising sun, with the moon as her diadem, and with three eyes, a smiling face, bestowing boons, holding a goad, a noose and dispelling fears. On the right side of Bhuvaneshvari, who in the heavens, on earth, and in the underworlds is known as the Adya, worship Tryambaka. She is the fourth Mahavidya.

Chhinnamastaa (the Goddess who cuts off her Own Head) :

The fifth Mahavidya, Chhinnamastaa, looks like the red hibiscus. Her left foot forward in battle, she holds her severed head and a scimitar. Naked, she drinks voluptuously the stream of the blood nectar flowing from her beheaded body, along with her two female celestial companions. The jewel on her forehead is tied with a serpent. She has three eyes. Her breasts are adorned with lotuses. Inclined towards lust, she sits erect above the god of love - Madana, who shows signs of lustfulness, engaged in the act of love with his consort Rati. The image of Chinnamasta is a composite one, conveying reality as an amalgamation of sex, death, creation, destruction and regeneration. It is stunning representation of the fact that life, sex, and death are an intrinsic part of the grand unified scheme that makes up the manifested universe.

Bhairavi (the Goddess of Decay) :

Tripura Bhairavi is Supreme Energy, Supreme Goddess of speech, as Tapas, as woman warrior. Her head garlanded with flowers, she resembling the red rays of 1,000 rising suns, smeared with red, holding milk, book, dispelling fears and giving boons with her four hands, large three eyes, beautiful face with a slow smile, wearing white gems. Bhairavi embodies the principle of destruction and arises or becomes present when the body declines and decays. She is an ever-present goddess who manifests herself in, and embodies, the destructive aspects of the world. Destruction, however, is not always negative, creation cannot continue without it.

Dhoomavati (the Goddess who widows Herself) :

The colour of smoke ("dhoom"), wearing smoky clothes, holding a winnowing basket, dishevelled clothes, deceitful, always trembling, with slant eyes, inspiring fear, terrifying, sitting in a chariot, with the symbol of a raven on her chariot-flag. Symbolically, she has devoured her own husband Lord Shiva in hunger, and hence, in the form of a lustreless widow. This symbolises the supremacy of the Devi (Nature) over all other forces (even Shiva, who himself is the cosmic force of destruction). She is the great death of the death himself. She is the embodiment of "unsatisfied desires". Her status as a widow itself is curious. She makes herself one by swallowing Shiva, an act of self-assertion, and perhaps independence.

Bagalamukhi (the Goddess who seizes the Tongue) :

Bagala or Bagalamukhi is the eighth Mahavidya in the famous series of the 10 Mahavidyas.She is identified with the second night of courage and is the power or Shakti of cruelty. She is described as the Devi with three eyes, wearing yellow clothes and gems, moon as her diadem, wearing champaka blossoms, with one hand holding the tongue of an enemy and with the left hand spiking him, thus should you meditate on the paralyser of the three worlds. Bagalamukhi means "The Crane-Headed One".

Matangi (the Goddess who Loves Pollution) :

Dusky, beautiful browed, her three eyes like lotuses, seated on a jewelled lion-throne, surrounded by gods and others serving her, holding in her four lotus-like hands a noose and a sword, a shield and a goad, thus I remember Matangi, the giver of results, the Modini. Texts describing her worship specify that devotees should offer her uccishtha (leftover food) with their hands and mouths stained with leftover food; that is, worshippers should be in a state of pollution, having eaten and not washed. This is a dramatic reversal of the usual protocols. She is the ninth Mahavidya.

Kamala (the Goddess of creation, sustenance and prosperity) :

Kamala, the tenth, or the last of the Mahavidyas, is with a smiling face. Her beautiful lily-white hands hold two lotuses, and show the mudras of giving and dispelling fear. She is bathed in ambrosia by four white elephants and stands upon a beautiful lotus. She is the real embodiment of Goddess Lakshmi ("Kamalekamini"), the consort of Lord Vishnu. The name Kamala means "she of the lotus" and is a common epithet of Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi is linked with three important and interrelated themes: prosperity and wealth, fertility and crops, and good luck during the years to come.

Birth of Das (10) Mahavidyas

Once during their numerous love games, things got out of hand between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. What had started in jest turned into a serious matter with an incensed Shiva threatening to walk out on Parvati. No amount of coaxing or cajoling by Parvati could reverse matters. Left with no choice, Parvati multiplied herself into ten different forms for each of the ten directions. Thus however hard Shiva might try to escape from his beloved Parvati, he would find her standing as a guardian, guarding all escape routes. Each of the Devi's manifested forms made Shiva realize essential truths, made him aware of the eternal nature of their mutual love and most significantly established for always in the cannons of Indian thought the Goddess's superiority over her male counterpart. Not that Shiva in any way felt belittled by this awareness, only spiritually awakened. This is true as much for this Great Lord as for us ordinary mortals. Befittingly thus they are referred to as the Great Goddess's of Wisdom, known in Sanskrit as the Mahavidyas. Indeed in the process of spiritual learning the Goddess is the muse who guides and inspires us. She is the high priestess who unfolds the inner truths.
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51 Shakti Peethas of Ma Durga


In Satya Yuga, Daksha performed a yagna with a desire of taking revenge on Lord Shiva. was angry because his daughter Sati had married Shiva against his wishes. Daksha invited all the deities to the yagna except for Shiva and Sati. The fact that she was not invited did not deter Sati from attending the yagna. But Sati, being an uninvited guest, was not given any respect. Furthermore, Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati was unable to bear her father's insults toward her husband, so she committed suicide by jumping into the pyre. When Lord Shiva heard about her death he became furious. He went to the place where Daksha was performing his yagna and destroyed the area. Daksha was killed by Shiva's ganas.

Lord Shiva then carried Sati's body all over the world in a state of wild grief. At the request of all other gods, Lord Vishnu severed Sati's body into 51 pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra, so that Lord Shiva could return to his sanity and once again take up his duties. Various parts of Sati's body fell at different places which became known as Shakti Peethas. At all Shakti Peethas, the Goddess Shakti is accompanied by Lord Bhairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva).


51 Shakti Peethas

1. Hingula (Hinglaj) Devi's mind or brain fell here and the idols are Devi as Kotari (Durga) and Shiva as Bhimlochan (Terrible eyed or the third eye). The location is towards 125 km from Karachi, Pakistan.

2. Sharkarare or Karavipur Devi's three eyes fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahishmardini (Durga the destroyer of Mahishashur) and Shiva as Krodhish (the one who can be angry). It is near Karachi in Pakistan, by rail the nearest station is Parkai.

3. Jwalamukhi, Kangra, Devi's tongue fell here and the idols are Devi as Ambika (Mother) and Shiva as Unmatta (Furious). This is located near Pathankot, H.P., Jwalamukhi Road.

4. Sugandha Devi's nose fell here and idols are Devi as Sunanada (Pleasing) and Shiva as Traimbak (Rudra). In the state of Bengal near Barishal in Shivahri Karpur village Devi's temple is located and Shiva's temple is in a village called Ponabalia, nearest railway station is Jhalkati.

5. On Bhairabha mountain near Avanti Devi's upper lips fell here and idols are Devi as Avanti (Modest) and Shiva as Lambakarna (Long eared one). It is located near Ujjain.

6. Attahas (laughter) Devi's lower lips fell here and the idols are Devi as Fullara (Blooming) and Shiva as Bhairabhvishesya (Lord of the universe). The place is in Bengal near Birbhum. Image of Devi and the Shiva temple is next to the Devi temple. It is a major pilgrimage and tourist attraction.

7. Prabhas Devi's stomach fell here and the idols are Devi as Chandrabhaga (Throne of the moon) and Shiva as Bakratunda (the one with the bent staff). This is near Mumbai where a launch goes to Bharoal which is near Prabhas.

8. Yanasthana Devi's chin fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhramari (female Bumble bee or attendant of Durga) and Shiva as Vikrakatakkha (one with the crooked eyes or look). Other names are Devi as Chibuka (the one with the chin) and Shiva as Sarvasiddhish (the one who can provide all desires).

9. Godavari (river) Devi's left cheek fell here and the idols are Viswamatuka (mother of the world) and Shiva as Dandapani (the one who holds a staff).

10. Gandaki (river) Devi's right cheek fell here and the idols are Devi as Gandakichandi (the one who overcomes obstacles or Gandi) and Shiva as Chakrapani (Holder of the discus). Famous pilgrimage.

11. Suchidesha Devi's upper teeth fell here and the idols are Devi as Narayani (the wife of Narayan) and Shiva as Sanghar. Panchasagar - Devi's lower teeth fell here and the idols are Devi as Barahi and Shiva as Maharudra (the angry one).

12. Bhavanipur or Karota (river) Devi's left seat or her clothing fell here and idols are Devi as Aparna (the one who ate nothing, not even leaves) and Shiva as Bhairabha (Destroyer of fear). The King of Nator and his grandson the Maharajah Ramakrishna used to meditate here. The seat, the yognakunda and five skulls are still here. In the month of Baisakha according to the Bengali calendar, there is a large fete or Mela here to celebrate Ramanavami or Deepanbita.

13. Shriparvata or Shri mountain Devi's right seat fell here and the idols are Devi as Shri Sunadari (beautiful) and Shiva as Sundaranand (the handsome one).

14. Karnat Devi's two ears fell here and the idols are Devi as Jai Durga (the victoriuos Durga) and Shiva as Avirooka.

15. Vrindavana Devi's hair fell here and idols are Devi as Uma (Devi) and Shiva as Bhootesh (or provider of all desires). Playgorund of Lord Krishna and the gopis.

16. Kirit Devi's crown or headdress fell here and idols are Devi as Vimala (Pure) and Shiva as Sangbarta. Take the train to Ajimganj. The temples are on the shore of the ganges near Batnagar. (in Bangladesh?)

17. Shrihatta Devi's nape of the neck fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahalakshmi (the goddess of prosperity and wife of Mahavishnu) and Shiva as Sarvananda (the one who makes everyone happy). Devi's temple is Near Shrihatta town and Shiva's temple is near Jainpur. Shivaratri and Ashokashtami are celebrated with a Mela (carnival). Take train from Calcutta to Goalanda and steamer to Kechuaganj. Then either take a boat or walk about five miles (6 koshas).

18. Nalhati Devi's vocal pipe fell here and the idols are Devi as Kalika (Durga) and Shiva as Yogesh. By train from Howrah station.

19. Kashmir Devi's neck fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahamaya (the great Illusion) and Shiva as Trisandhyasvar. The famous pilgrimage is Amarnath. There is a Shiva linga of glacial ice which expands and contracts with the seasons.

20. Ratnabali Devi's right shoulder fell here and the idols are Devi as Kumari (Durga) and Shiva as Bhairabha (Remover of fear).

21. Mithila Devi's left shoulder fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahadevi (Devi) and Shiva as Mahodara (the big belied one). This is near Janakpur station.

22. Chattagram (also called Chattal) Devi's right arm fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhavani (Devi) and Shiva as Chandrashekhar (the one who has the moon as the crown). It is said that Mahadeva has himself pronounced that he will visit Chandrashekhar mountain regularly during Kali yuga. This is near Sitakunda station. This is in Bangladesh.

23. Manav Kschetra (Field) Devi's right hand or palm fell her and the idols are Devi as Dakhchayani (Durga) and Shiva as Amar (Immortal). Take train from Howrah station to Guskar station and then a few miles to Kogram. Mahadeva is considered Siddhidayaka or provider of all wishes.

24. Ujjaini Devi's elbows fell here and the idols are Devi as Mangalchandi (Durga) and Shiva as Kapilambar (one who wears the brown clothes). Shiva is siddhidayaka.

25. Manibandha Devi's middle of the palms fell here and the idols are Devi as Gayatri (Saraswati) and Shiva as Sarvananda (the one who makes everyone happy).

26. Prayag (three rivers meet here) Devi's ten fingers fell here and the idols are Devi as Lalita (beautiful). Another name is Alopi and Shiva as Bhava. Near Tribeni ghat there is Banitirtha ghat (Quay for boats). Allahabad is the train station.
27. Bahula Devi's left arm fell here and the idols are Devi as Bahula (Abundant) and Shiva as Bhiruk (who is also Sarvasiddhadayaka). Arrive at Katoa rail station and then go to Ketugram which is a pilgrimage.

28. Jalandhar Devi's right breast fell here and the idols are Devi as Tripurmalini (Durga) and Shiva as Bhisan (Gruesome). Jwalamukhi is the nearby Tirtha and train goes from Delhi to Jalandhar.

29. Ramgiri (or Chitrakoot mountain) Devi's left breast fell here (another opinion is that her Nala or Jaghanasti fell here) and the idols are Devi as Shibani (the wife of Shiva) and Shiva as Chanda. Near Bilaspur station and a walk of 2 miles.

30. Vaidyanath Devi's heart fell here and the idols are Devi as Jaidurga (Victorious Durga) and Shiva as Vaidyanath. It is in Bihar. Joshidi is the train station.

31. Utkal, Orissa, Devi's navel fell here and the idols are Devi as Vimala (the pure one) and Shiva as Jagannath (the ruler of the world). This is near the Jagannath temple of Puri in the state of Orissa.

32. Kanchidesh Devi's skeleton fell here and the idols are Devi as Devagarbha and Shiva as Ruru. Bolpur station to Kopar river banks. There is a well for worship.

33. Kalmadhava Devi's right hips fell here and the idols are Devi as Kali (another form of Durga) and Shiva as Asitananda. By praying to the Devi profusely pilgirms can obtain their desired objective.

34. Sone (near Sone river) Devi's left hips fell here and the idols are Devi as Narmada and Shiva as Vadrasen.

35. Kamakhya (or Kamroop) Devi's yoni fell here and the idols are Devi as Kamakhya (personification of love) and Shiva as Umananda. This is near Gauhati in the state of Assam on the banks of the Brahmaputra (the son of Brahma) river. The temple is on top of the Nilachal Hill. This is a famous pilgrimage for women seeking fertility or love. The temple is supposedly built by Kamdev, the god of love. The Umananda temple is nearby in an islet on the river. It has many pet monkeys.

36. Nepal Devi's two knees fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahashira and Shiva as Kapali.

37. Jayanti Devi's left thigh fell here and the idols are Devi as Jayanti and Shiva as Kramadiswar. In Bengal near Sri Hatta.

38. Magadha Devi's right thigh fell here and the idols are Devi as Sarvanandari and Shiva as Bomkesha. Inside Shrihatta at Jayantipargana near the base of the Kahshia mountain Devi's legs are placed here. Srihatta to Kanairghat by boat and then walk 2 miles. In West Bengal.

39. Tripura Devi's right foot fell here and the idols are Devi as Tripurasundari and Shiva as Tripuresh. Devi is grantor of all wishes or Sarvavishta pradyani.

40. Khirgram Devi's right toe fell here and the idols are Devi as Yogadaya and Shiva as Khirakantha. Take Eastern Indian Railway to Bardwhan station. Take Bardhwan Katoa Rail to Nigam station. Nigam station to Khirgram (village) is 2 miles. A mela (fete) is held during Baisakha Sankranti.

41. Kalighat (Kolkotta) Devi's four small toes from her right foot fell here and the idols are Devi as Kali and Shiva as Nakulish or Nakuleswar. Famous pilgrimage located in Kolkotta in the state of West Bengal. Kali is a dark complexioned form of Shakti who has taste for blood and death. She rules over the cremation sites and is worshipped by devotees on a dark and moon less night. She is a popular deity of Bengal. kali is the female version of Kala or end of time.

42. Kurukchetra (or fields belonging to the Kuru family where the battle of the Mahbharata was fought between the Kurus and Pandus) Devi's right ankle fell here and the idols are Devi as Savitri or Sthanu and Shiva as Aswanath.

43. Bakreswar Devi's mind or the centre of the brows fell here and the idols are Devi as Mahishamardini (the slayer of Mahishasur or Durga) and Shiva as Bakranath. Near Ahmedpur station. There are seven hot springs and also the Paphara (remover of sins) river. The Mahamuni Ashtabakra found enlightenment here. On Shivaratri (night) there is a grand Mela (fete) here.

44. Jessore Devi's centre of the hands fell here and the idols are Jashoreswari and Shiva as Chanda (Moon or the one who holds the moon).

45. Nandipur Devi's necklace fell here and the idols are Devi as Nandini and Shiva as Nandikishore.

46. Varanasi (Benaras) Devi's earrings (Kundal) fell here and the idols are Devi as VishwaLakschmi (The provider of wealth to all) and Shiva as Kala (Time or the end of time). Famous pilgrimage in UP and one of the oldest cities in the world. The Puranas say that this city exists even after the Pralaya.

47. Kanashram or Kalikashram Devi's back fell here and the idols are Devi as Sharvani and Shiva as Nimisha.

48. Lanka Her feet bells (Nupur) fell here and the idols are Devi as Indrakschi and Shiva as Rakchaseswara. Indrakschi was created and worshipped by Indra in person.

49. Virat Devi's small toes of the feet fell here and idols are Devi as Ambika and Shiva as Amrita (nectar of immortality).

50. Bivasa Devi's left ankle fell here and the idols are Devi as Bhimarupa and Shiva as Sarvananda.

51. Trisnota Devi's left feet fell here and the idols are Devi as Vramari (Bumblebee) and Shiva as Iswar (God). On the banks of Tista river in Shalbari village in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal.

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