Location: One of the 52 shakti peethas dedicated to goddess ‘Danteshwari Temple’ is dispersing the aroma of reverence for 600 years while being standing at the confluence of holy rivers namely Dhankini & Shankini in Dantewada town which is 80 Km away from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh, India.
Presiding deity: Goddess Danteshwari (Devi Shakti is kuldevi or deity of locales living in Bastar state)
Historical era: 14th century
Founder dynasty: Chalukya dynasty
Prime occasion to visit the shrine:
- ‘Bastar Dusshera’ festival
- The treasure of Indian scripture reveals the mystery behind the establishment of the shrine ‘Danteshwari’. The myth evokes the images of self-immolation committed by Devi Sati (consort of lord Shiva) in the Havana-kund (fire-pit) at her father’s palace since the insulting remarks for her consort lord Shiva inflicted her core. At outbreak of this heart piercing news of his consort’s immolation, furious lord Shiva did ‘Tandav’ (the dance of death) while holding her body in his arms. On seeing the trauma of lord Shiva, deity Vishnu cut the corpse of Devi Sati into 52 pieces by using his Chakra for enabling him to come of the unbearable grief.
Each place became sacred wherever Sati’s body part fell and hence, they are renowned worldwide as ‘Shakti-peethas’. Tooth of Devi Shakti or Sati fell on the ground of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.
Description of the temple:
- Architectural style: Hindu temple architecture
- Figurine of the prime deity: The figurine of goddess Danteshwari is cleaved and sculpted out of a black stone for enshrining it as the main deity of the temple.
- Division of the entire shrine: The architecture of entire shrine is basically divided into four parts which are known as:
- Garbha Griha
- Maha Mandap
- Mukhya Mandap
- Sabha Mandap
- Garuda Pillar: Right in front of entrance of the temple, Garuda pillar is erected that was brought from the temple of Basrur.
- Fencing: The shrine of Danteshwari temple is enclosed with the fencing.
- Shikhara: The summit or top part of the temple is adorned with the crafted artwork for witnessing the astounding sculptural work.