Maa Bhadrakali Shaktipeeth, Kurukshetra, Haryana
Shri Devikoop Bhadrakali Mandir is known as Savitri Shaktipeeth in Kurukshetra. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of India. It is believed the right ankle of Sati Mata fell at this spot. In this temple, Mata Sati is worshipped as Bhadrakali and Lord Shiva as Sthanu Mahadev. The temple is also known as Savitripeeth, Devikoop, and Kalika Peeth.
Bhadrakali Temple Kurukshetra History
Sati Mata had married Lord Shiva against the will of her father, Prajapati Daksha. To celebrate his appointment as Prajapati by Lord Brahma, Daksha organized a Yagya where he invited all deities, but not Lord Shiva and his own daughter. Mata Sati went without an invitation and was shocked when Daksha insulted Mahadev in the presence of all the guests. She ended Her life by stepping into the Yagya Fire. Lord Shiva was greatly grieved and enraged. He took Sati Mata’s body and performed the deadly Tandava. To save the world from devastation, Lord Vishnu separated Her body from Lord Shiva with His Sudarshan Chakra. Sati Mata’s body was cut into 51 parts. A Shaktipeeth came to be at each of the places the body parts fell.
Pandavas have Prayed in Savitri Shaktipeeth
As we all know, Kurukshetra was the venue of the great Mahabharata War between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Before the commencement of the battle of Good vs. Evil, the Pandavas prayed to Maa Bhadrakali for victory. They also donated Chariots, Horses and wealth. For that reason, the tradition of offering horses and chariots made of clay, silver, or other metals is prevalent in the temple.
Bhadrakali Shaktipeeth Temple
In the sanctum of the Savitri Shaktipeeth Temple, a Murti of Mata Bhadrakali can be seen, beautifully adorned with clothes and jewelry. On the door of the sanctum, a metal ankle (representing Sati Mata’s fallen ankle) has been placed. The sanctum also has the Murtis of Mata Saraswati, Mata Gayatri, and others. In an adjacent room, one can see the Murtis of Avatars such as Sita-Rama and Radha-Krishna. On the first floor of the temple, a Shivling has been enshrined. There also are sculptures of Lord Vishnu on Garuda with His Sudarshan Chakra and Lord Shiva carrying Sati Mata’s body. Navratri and Maha Shivratri are the main festivals celebrated here.
- 05:30 AM to 08:30 PM – 1st March to 15th November
- 06:00 AM to 07:30 PM – 16th November to 28th February
(Temple will remain open till 09:30 PM on Saturdays and during Navratri)
How to reach Savitri Shaktipeeth
- Kurukshetra Junction is the nearest railway station, about 3 km from the temple.
- Chandigarh Airport is about 92 km from the temple.
- Delhi Airport is about 180 km from the temple.