As it is Navaratri season, we thought it would be topical and relative to talk about Mata Devi temples, that celebrate different avatars of Devi Parvathi or Devi Maa or Mata Sati across our Nation. These temples are built at the places that have mythological and historical, cultural importance. Each one is known for its Navratri celebrations that continue till Diwali day. You need to watch them at least once in your life-time. There are many more but these five are not as popular among South Indians and hence, we are talking about them here.
Mata Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir
Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is located in Trikuta mountains, Jammu and Kashmir State. The temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas and Vaishno Devi is known as combined energy form of Devi Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati. One glimpse of the shrine is known to wash away devotees of all their sins. Government established Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board takes care of the pligrims visiting this place like transport and accomodation. Navratri and Diwali are the most busiest times of the year, here.
Shri Naina Devi Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Naina Devi Temple is located at a hiltop in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. The legends say that Devi Sati’s eyes fell here after Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra broke her burnt corpse into 108 pieces. The place is also known as Mahishapeetha as legends believe that Durga Devi took Mahishasura Mardhani avatar and killed Demon Mahishasura at this Hill. As it is Naina Devi Temple, pligrims believe that watching the shrine will guarantee them protection from evil eyes. Navratri is the most busiest time of the year for this piligrimage.
Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati
Kamakhya Devi is another name of Sati Devi and here she is in the form of young bride of Lord Shiva. The temple is known for Tantric practices and it is located at Nilachal hills in Guwahati, Assam. It is also known as one of the oldest among the 51 pithas in the Shakta tradition. This place is known as the place where, Yoni (genitals) from Devi Sati corpse have fallen. Navratri is celebrated as a 5 Day festival here.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata
Dakshineswar Kali Temple located in Kolkata is highly famous for the Navratri celebrations. Bengal people are known for celebrating Durga Pooja and the temple becomes a sight to watch during Navratri and Diwali. Located at the banks of River Hoogly, it is more easy among the enlisted for pilgrims to reach. Do not miss visitng it during Navratri season.
Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
Karni Mata Temple is located at Deshnoke, Bikaner, Rajasthan. The temple is known as “Temple of Rats” due to the huge population of mice. Karni Mata is known as a form of Sati Devi and she is in her younger form. Navratri is the best time of the year to watch this temple and the specialty of the temple is that rats are treated as symbol of holiness, here.