Mata Vishalakshi Temple
How to Reach:-
From East:-Sikkim-> Muzaffarpur-> Arrah->Varanasi-> Mata Vishalakshi Temple, aproxi 835km
From West:-Jaipur-> Agra-> Lucknow-> Jaunpur-> Varanasi-> Mata Vishalakshi Temple, aproxi 890km
From North:-Gorakhpur-> Azamgarh-> Vaanasi-> Mata Vishalakshi Temple, aproxi 200km
From South:- Hyderabad-> Nagpur-> Jabalpur-> Mirzapur-> Varanasi-> Mata Vishalakshi Temple, aproxi 1,230km
The daughter of Prajapati Daksha, Sati was married to Bhagwan Shiva against his wishes. Daksha organized a great yajna, but did not invite Sati and Shiva. Uninvited, Sati reached the yajna-site, where Daksha ignored Sati and vilified Shiva. Unable to withstand this insult, Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and committed suicide. Sati died, but her corpse did not burn.
Shiva (as Virabhadra) slew Daksha for being responsible for Sati’s death and forgave him, resurrecting him. The wild, grief-stricken Shiva wandered the universe with Sati’s corpse. Finally, Bhagwan Vishnu dismembered the body of Sati into 51 parts, each of which became a Shakti Pitha, temple to a form of the Goddess.
Shiva is also worshipped at each Shakti Pitha in the form of Bhairava, the male counterpart or guardian of the presiding goddess of the Pitha. Sati’s eye or earring is believed to have fallen at Varanasi, establishing Vishalakshi as a Shakti Pitha. However, if one asks at the temple there today, the priest and all others aver that the body part that fell was her face, which is hidden behind the murti.
It is generally regarded as a Shakti Pitha, the most sacred temples dedicated to the Hindu Divine Mother. The earrings of the goddess Sati are said to have fallen on this holy spot of Varanasi. The temple is situated by the famous cremation grounds of Manikarnika.
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