Chandrabhaga Shakti Peeth
Known as the Chandrabhaga Shaktipeeth, this is one of the Shaktipeeths of India. Located in Prabhas Patan (Somnath) on the West Coast of Gujarat. This Shaktipeeth is not far from the famous Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple.
The protector of the Goddess is Bhairava Vakratunda. It is believed the stomach part of Mata Sati fell at this spot.
Prabhas Shakti Peeth History
Daksha Prajapati was the son of Lord Brahma and was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. He had enmity towards Lord Shiva which was actually due to a misunderstanding on his part. His daughter Sati was married to Lord Shiva.
Daksha Prajapati organized a Yagya to insult Lord Shiva. Sati attended the Yagya without being invited and was shocked when Lord Shiva was insulted. She ended Her life by entering the Yagya fire.
When Lord Shiva heard, he was uncontrollably enraged and also grieved. He took to the skies with Sati’s body in His arms. The situation was such that it would cause great harm to the world.
To stop that from happening, Lord Vishnu sent His Sudarshan Chakra and cut Sati’s body into 51 parts. These parts fell all over the Indian subcontinent. The places where they fell became the 51 Shaktipeeths.
Puranic Significance Chandrabhaga Shaktipeeth
|Prabhas Shakti Peeth
|Ancient temple built entirely with stones
|Mata Sati (also known as Chandrabhaga) and Lord Shiva
|The stomach of Mother Sati is believed to have fallen here
|Among one of 51 Shakti Peeth
Unique Shakti Peeth Near Somnath Without a Temple
This is a unique Shaktipeeth – no temple is dedicated to the Goddess in particular. The confluence of the three rivers – Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati (Triveni) is the actual Shaktipeeth.
There used to be a temple dedicated to Chandrabhaga Devi in ancient times. Most of the history of this pilgrimage is not known. There are several other small shrines around, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesh Ji, Guru Dattatreya, and other deities.
Origin of The Name Chandrabhaga
Somnath is where Chandra Dev prayed to Lord Shiva to get relief from a curse given by Daksha Prajapati. The curse caused Chandra Dev to lose His Shine. After long years of prayer, Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed Chandra Dev.
In gratitude, Chandra Dev built the first Jyotirling temple and it was called Somnath Jyotirling. Chandrabhaga means a part of the moon.
Festival Celebration at Chandrabhaga Devi Shakti Peeth
- Navratri is the main festival celebrated here during Ashwija masa (Sep-Oct) and Chaitra masa (March-April).
- Shivratri is celebrated with special pujas and ceremonies.
- Nag Panchami is celebrated in the month of Shravan.
- A Mela is held on Karthik Poornima in November every year.
Chandrabhaga Temple Timings
Chandrabhaga Temple’s opening and closing timings are given below. Devotees must check these Darshan timings before visiting Chandrabhaga Temple in Gujarat.
|Chandrabhaga Temple Opening Time
|Chandrabhaga Temple Closing Time
How to Reach Chandrabhaga Shakti Peeth
Chandrabhaga Shakti Peeth has good road connectivity with major cities, making it easily accessible to devotees by bus or taxi.
The Distance between Chandrabhaga Temple and Somnath Railway Station is 2 km.
Keshod Airport is the nearest airport which is 64 km from the temple.
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