Ratnavali Shakti Peeth

Ratnavali Shakti Peeth
Ratnavali Shakti Peeth

Hindus consider Ratnavali Shakti Peeth to be an extremely holy site. It is believed that one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, where the right shoulder of Mata Sati purportedly descended, was located here. Puranas say that these sacred sites are formed at places where Devi’s body parts or her garments and jewelry were scattered during Shiva’s Tandava dance after she gave up her life in grief for being insulted by Daksha Prajapati. These pilgrim spots devoted to Adi-Shakti are present all over India. The temple also goes by another name – Anandmayee Shakti Peeth.

The culture of West Bengal is renowned worldwide for its captivating variations and vibrancy. It is the home of 14 Shakti Peethas, each with its own rumoured back-story and significance.

It is believed to be that there is nevertheless a difference of opinion about the exact location of Ratnavali Shakti Peeth, i.e., the exact location is unknown. According to the Bengal Registration Council, it is deemed to be in the Indian state of Chennai.

Ratnavali Shakti Peeth Temple, located on the banks of Khanakul-Krishnanagar Ratnakar Nati in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, has attained a hallowed status throughout India. Many believe this is where the right shoulder of Mother Goddess fell and thus hold it as an especially sacred destination.

This temple is part of the 51 Shakti Peethas, which are dedicated to Mata. Here in Anandmayee Temple, worshippers venerate Shakti as ‘Kumari’ and Shiva as ‘Bhairava’. The Puranas describe that each Shaktipeeth developed from where Sati’s body parts, clothes or jewelry fell.

Mythology speaks of Goddess Sati who, according to legend, gave her life in the sacrificial fire performed by Dakshevara. As Lord Shankar carried her body around the universe, Lord Vishnu used his divine Sudarshan Chakra to divide it into 51 pieces. The right shoulder is said to have landed here at this special place.

During Durga Puja and Navratri, the Ratnavali Shakti Peeth is alive with celebration. People fast (vrat) in respect of the idol and adorn it with flowers and colorful lights. The spiritual energy permeating from this sacred temple brings solace to those who enter its gates; a sense of inner peace that all can appreciate.

Mahashivratri is also celebrated here with huge devotion and dedication.

By Air
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest airport located in Kolkata. The airport serves national and international flights as well. Taxis and Buses are easily available to reach you to your destination.

By Rail
Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct train available. However, the Howrah Junction railway station is your best bet for getting to your destination quickly and conveniently.

By Road
Roadways are the most common way to reach the temple as it is connected to all major cities of the nation.

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