18 Shakti Peethas, Asta Dasa Shakti Peetha temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti

Asta Dasa Shakti Peethas are the 18 Shaktipeeth temples or prominent & most auspicious temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti. It is believed that these temples are most ancient in Hinduism and considered as the heavenly abodes of the Goddess.

As per the legend of Sati Devi and Daksha Yagna, Goddess Sati’s slashed body parts were fallen all over the places and since then those holy places have become Shakti Peethas.

There are four Shakti Peethas in Andhra Pradesh; two each in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir; and one each in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Assam, West Bengal, and Bihar. Shankari Devi Shakti Peetham is located in Trincomali of Sri Lanka.

List of 18 Most Auspicious Goddess Shakti Temples (Astadasha Shakti Peethas):

  1. Trincoli or Trincomalee (Srilanka) – Shankari Devi
  2. Kanchi (Tamil Nadu) – Kamakshi Devi
  3. Pradyumna (Hugli – Kolkata ) – Shrunkala Devi
  4. Mysore (Karnataka) – Chamundi Devi
  5. Alampur (Andhra Pradesh) – Jogulamba
  6. Kolhapur (Maharashtra) – Mahalakshmi Devi
  7. Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh) – Bramaramba Devi
  8. Mahoor (Maharashtra) – Ekaveera devi
  9. Ujjaini (Madhya Pradesh) – Mata Mahakali
  10. Pithapuram (Andhra Pradesh) – Puruhutika Devi
  11. Jajpur (Orissa) – Girija Devi
  12. Draksharamam (Andhra Pradesh) – Mata Manikyamba
  13. Hari Kshetram (Assam) – Mata Kamarupika (Kamakhya Devi)
  14. Alahabad (Uttar Pradesh) – Madhaveshwari devi
  15. Jwala (Jammu) – Vaishnavi devi
  16. Gaya (Bihar) – Mangalya Gauri devi
  17. Kasi or Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) – Mata Vishalakshi
  18. Srinagar (Kashmir) – Mata Saraswati devi

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  1. Mr Bhaskarrao,
    I’ve given reply on 02/ feb 13 in this same site.that may be helpful to you.
    MKS MOHAN Sarma, hyderabad

  2. I have visited 13 Shakthi Peetams and yet to go for rest. But I request if any body can collect the correct addresses of all the SHATHI PEETAMS and put on the web, it will be a marvellous job and most of the like minded piligrims can visit these temples.

  3. Dear All ,
    I am a strong beliver of hindu religion. But often I am confused when I try to analyse it. For example why do we not find any shakti peeth in USA,UK etc places. Or else was all the hindu goddess limited to asian continent only. BUT I ALSO BELIVE TRUTH ONLY PREVAILS WITH TIME. IF that is so god will it be possble to find those in various puranas. DO we know the exact locations of places like jamudeep and various parvata mentioned in those puranas. Do we have any research documented.
    Also point to be noted we have every detail about mahadev or Brahma or vishnu ji. but we do not know the dates of their deeds. Why were those not dated
    Is there any document that we know about all these.

  4. Divya,
    first of all I appreciate you very much for your interest on this matter now a days. LANKAYAM SANKARI DEVI IS the first shakthi peetha which was in trinkomali. foreign rulers demolished it. some people tells that at the time of demolition local people removed the original shrine an performed punahprathista at koneswara temple in Trinkomali. if you have any further doubts about shakti peethas or jyothirlingas mail me to [email protected].

  5. sankari devi at TRINKOMALI in Srilanka
    Kamakshidevi at Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu

    Srinkhaladevi at Panduva 100km fr Kolkatta
    Chamundeswari in Mysore
    Jogulamba in Alampur in Andhrapradesh
    Bhramaramba in Srisailam in Andhrapradesh
    Mahalakshmi in KOLHAPUR in Maharastra
    Ekavira devi at Mahore near Nanded in Maharastra
    Mahakali(also called as Harasiddi) at Ujjain in MP
    Puruhuthika at Pithapuram in Andhrapradesh
    Girijamata at odhyana Jajpur in Odissa
    Manikyamba at Draksharama in Andhrapradesh
    Kamaroopi at GOWAHATI in Assam
    Madhaveswari(Lalitha) at Allahabad UP
    jwalamukhi at Kangra in HP
    Mangalyagowri at GAYA in Bihar
    Visalakshi at Varanasi UP
    Saraswathi at 40km fr Srinagar in POK.

    thank you for your interest.

  6. Ramyaji, you can keep photo off any avathar off goddess lalitha.she is such a pleasent goddess.the person who prays Lalitha,chamundeswari or Kali, there will be lot off benifits which are mentioned in DEVIKHADGAMALA. If you have any difficulties or torture by any person, thefts, skudra effects like banamathi,chethabadi,all types of uncured diseases will be solved with in no time.those who do NAVAVARANA PUJA in DASARA with full belief you only feel the actual effects.so you can perform devi puja with out fear.if any one miscomunicated you about goddess you can cotact at any time. my no is 9701720004.thank you for your interest on goddess.

  7. astadasha shakti peetha stotram meaning , translation

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

  8. Hi Kapila , thanks for providing the astadasa shakti peetha stotram, can you please provide the translation also if possible

  9. Astadasa Shakti Peeth stotram


    Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure /
    Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane //

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

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

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

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

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

    this was given to us by the great sage shankaracharya

  10. Alampur shakti peetha godess is Jogulamba is in mahabood nagar district of telangana region in andhra pradesh

  11. kamakshi temple kanchipuram is excellent temple in kanchi… i think kanchipuram temple of kamakshi is one of the best ashtadasa shakti peethas

  12. the kamakshi temple in kanchi is one the most happening shakti peethas in india. Everyday thousands of pilgrims come to the place and have darshan of the Devi

  13. do you have the shloka for the ashtadasa shakti peeth which was written by adi shankaracharya. Should we recite this everyday in puja . One of the priests i met said that we would get the benefits of visiting all the shakti peethas by just reciting this shloka

  14. is there actually shakti peeth in kashmir because last time i went to kashmir and asked many people but no one was aware of it or any other shakti peetha in kashmir. most people over there have no idea about indian temples. Even though it is saraswati shakti peeth

  15. can you please post the 18 shakti peethas photos and also can we use this for worship at home and office. some people say that we should not keep chamundeshwari photo but however we have kamakshi temple kanchi photo in our house and we worship it daily

  16. does any one have the 18 shakti peethas map which will be useful for all devotees to travel. i would like to travel to all shakti peetas. is there any order in which we have to cover the places of worship in india or can we do in any random way as per convenience.

  17. guruji,

    have you missed lankayam shankari devi temple in these astadasa shakti peethas in india or it names with different?

  18. among all these the most powerful shakti peetha is in assam which is dedicated to kamakhya devi. You have to visit it once in your lifetime to experience the vibration in the temple

  19. all these shakti peeth was in india but india split into many countries… before all these happens there was 18 shakti peeth india.

  20. I heard that all these 18 shakti peetas not in india.. can you please give list of astadasha shakti peethas in india.

  21. Dear Sirs,
    Is there any travels who can arrange for the visit of all the 18 shakti peetas? If yes, can I have their contact details as we have a desire to visit those holy temples.
    Thanks,
    Shantaram
    Bangalore dated 16th Nov 2012

  22. Pl let know the details of Saraswathi devi temple – one of the 18 Sakthi peetas in Srinagar – Kashmir.

  23. Hi All: I went to Aalampur on sep 15 2012. I was my pleasure to share the memories of holy place of Aalampur Jogulamba devi’s temple.,located at bank of Tungabadra(Uttara Pravahani, also referred as Dakshina Kaasi) Mahaboob Nagar District, 200 km from Hyderabad.

    There are several Historical temples like Sangameswara , Navabramha Temples with remarkable architectural sklills as compared to Ramappa.Coming to Jogulamba temple is surrounded by water like Bramha temple in Chebrolu , Guntur District.

    In Aalampur temples were contructed like Konark Surya Bhagavan, according history those Architectures migrate from AP and constructed same structure in Konark.

    All tenmples were constructed using Sandstone.

    Facilities: There are cottages available from AP Tourism Haritha hotels and tiffin centres.

    Road Condition: Aalampur is well connected by roads from Kurnool and Hyderabad.

    Places to visit: Navabramha temples, Sangameswara temple, Architectural Museum and Tungabadra river.

    Speciality: Purohit’s in Sangameswara and Jogulamba temples were very expressive and they explained the history about temples and surroundins with great patience.

    Chinababu BOina
    09032068453

  24. IT IS 215 KM FROM hyderabad.IF YOU ARE GOING BY BUS, YOU TAKE TICKET UPTO KNL AND GET DOWN AT ALAMPUR CROSS ROADS. OR GO TO KNL. THERE ARE BUSSES FOR EVERY 15 MINUTES.IT IS 25 KM FROM KNL.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST TO VISIT SUCH HOLY PLACES.IT IS OUR LUCK THERE ARE 4 PEETHAS IN ANDHRA PRADESH.1)PITHAPURAM 2)draksha ramam 3)Srisailam 4)Alampur.

  25. IT IS 215 KM FROM KURNOOL.IF YOU ARE GOING BY BUS, YOU TAKE TICKET UPTO KNL AND GET DOWN AT ALAMPUR CROSS ROADS. OR GO TO KNL. THERE ARE BUSSES FOR EVERY 15 MINUTES.IT IS 25 KM FROM KNL.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST TO VISIT SUCH HOLY PLACES.IT IS OUR LUCK THERE ARE 4 PEETHAS IN ANDHRA PRADESH.1)PITHAPURAM 2)draksha ramam 3)Srisailam 4)Alampur.

  26. saraswati peeth is not in srinagar it is away from srinagar which is in POK. any one can visit only 15 peethas. 1)pradumne there is no temple at present. only smalll monument is there. there is no idol. it is at pandua near kolkatta.
    2)In trinkomali also,the temple is not there.

    MKS MOHAN SARMA
    HYDERABAD.
    9701720004

  27. It is very happy to me that i know these 18 shakti peetas and i really very happy that i lived in this godess place and i am very proud to be an indian

  28. it is very happy meet you in this web.I visited 11 peethas.now a days any one can visit
    only 15 places.there is no correct information about srinkhala devi,saraswathi devi.
    in trikomali also there is no temple.can you give correct information about this 3 places.