When there was nothing there was only Shakti,
When there will be nothing there will be Shakti,
Shakti is both creative cause and active effect:
Motion, force, friction, stillness is only Shakti.
‘Ma Shakti and Shakti Peethas’ is pure gold wrapped in gold, pure energy, pervading the Universe as Cosmic Energy that emanates directly from Ma Shakti: all the wealth, Ridhis, Siddhis, wisdom and energy combined together. Read the book, purify self and pray to her for possessing them in abundance.
‘Ma Shakti and Shakti Peethas’ deals in detail various aspects of Ma Shakti as presented in the Vedas, (Shruti and Smriti; and Agam and Nigam); Upanishadas; Epics, Puranas, Tantra Shashtra, Darshan and Classics; and also from the modern world of science and spirituality. It is all about the Brahmandiya Shakti (the Cosmic Energy) and the Shakti that we invariably take from the Brahmanda.
‘Ma Shakti and Shakti Peethas’ shows that in the form of Sachidanand Atma, she moves Rudras, Vasus, Adityas and Viswadevas. She possesses Mitra, Varun, Indra, Agni and Aswinikumars. She is Adi Shakti, Brahmani Shakti, Narayani, Vaishanavi, Para and Apara; Gayatri; Gyan; Iksha; Kriya; Kundalini and Matrika Shakti; Dash Vidyas and Maha Durga; Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati. It is Pooja, prayer and obeisance to read this book that enriches one's Self for Oneness and Mukti.
About the Author(s)
Prof. Shrikant Prasoon is a reader, teacher, thinker, poet and above all, a humanist. The more he reads and thinks, the more he writes on varied topics, but with one aim – 'to show man the need of Nature and natural life'. He believes that all religions are integral and inseparable, living and developing parts of one basic religion called Humanism; and all the systems are an outcome of the greatest celestial system, which is devised and regulated by the Unseen and Unknown Creator. A retired Professor of English, Prof. Prasoon writes in Hindi and also in Samskrit with equal ease. His recent books are Knowing Buddha, Knowing Guru Nanak, Indian Scriptures, Panch Mahabhuta Tatwa and Sharira, Chanakya, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Absorbing Buddha, On Management, Knowing Kabir, Hinduism: Clarified and Simplified, Indian Saints and Sages, Rishis and Rishikas and 16 Hindu Samskars. He can be reached at www.shrikantprasoon.com
Obeisance to Mä Shakti
Prayers to Mä Shakti
Mä Shakti in Spiritual Quadruplets
Section: I Introduction
Durgä: The Manifestation of Shakti
The Names of Mä Shakti
Ädi Shakti Pärvati
Stuti for Mä Durgä
Appearance of Durgä
Mä Shakti and Shakti Poojä
Section: II Scientific Approach to Mä Shakti
An Analysis of Different Shakti
Akshar Tatva and Parätpar
The Forms and Phases of Shakti
Akshar Brahman: Mätrikä Swarupa
Section: III Different Forms of Shakti Explained
The Vastness of the Concept
Mä Shakti in Tantra Shäshtra
Divisions of Shakti in Tantra Shäshtra
Section: IV Shakti Peethas
The Story of Sati, Shiva and Shakti Peethas
108 Shakti Peethas as Mentioned in Devi Bhägawat
The Original 51 Shakti Peethas
The Shlokas of the Original51 Shakti Peethas
Details of Shakti Peethas
Section: V Conclusion
The List of Important Books on Mä Shakti
The Need of Mä Shakti
(Following is an extract of the content from the book)
The Story of Sati, Shiva and Shakti Peethas
The facts behind the Shakti Peethas are very amazing. It is wrongly called a legend or story. It should be treated as a fact. Often the facts are more amazing than the stories or the legends. We can’t discredit it by claiming it to be a legend or a myth or something rare or unbelievable. Of course, it happened in some other Manu, myriads of years ago. That does not mean it did not happen. The moment we accept it as the fact, then we would have to accept that Indian civilisation, culture, religion, social set-up and mental growth was at some peak (unknown peak, unimaginable height) when the morality, bindings and values were very strict and high. Yagyas were in vogue and had the form of celebrations. The rich and sublime language is enough to establish the height that the Indians had achieved during that period. It is another fact that it happened during some other Manu, may be 1st, 4th or 6th. We are in the 7th Manu now. When we wish to deny the height and depth of Indian culture and knowledge, then we can easily discard the fact as a part of legend or myth, something that did not happen and can claim that the legends and stories were written a few hundred years ago. Once, the Daksha Prajàpati, the moon king and the father of Sati, the consort of Shiva, was performing a ‘yajna’. He did not like Shiva and his ganas. So, he did not invite him. He had the feeling that the presence of Shiva and his ganas would bring disgrace to his royal status and demean his social status in the eyes of the kings of the earth and other invitees. Because of this apprehension he did not invite his daughter Sati. Sati wanted to participate in the yagya. Shiva explained her that a daughter can’t or should not go to her father’s house uninvited. It is a disgrace. It is not the social cult. (Incidentally, it is still followed in Indian society.) However, Sati insisted on participating in the yagya. She did not listen to the repeated warnings and left Kailàsha. She went to her father’s home. Since she was an invited guest, she was not welcomed. She thought that she had a right to be present in the yagya and celebrations arranged by her father. But she was insulted there. She tolerated the humiliation. But when her consort, Shiva, was humiliated and was not offered a part of the yagya – the Havisha, she was deeply hurt and ashamed. She could not tolerate it. In order to immolate herself, she jumped into the sacred fire of the yagya – the Havan Kunda. Shiva’s vàhan Nandi was infuriated at it and he destroyed the yagya and rushed to inform Shiva. Shiva heard it and was infuriated too. The Trinetra, Trayambaka, opened his third eye and cursed Daksha to suffer from Pitaroga – jaundice. When Daksha Prajàpati begged for mercy then he changed the position of the moon king in the space and cursed him to wax and wane alternately in every fortnight. This happens till now as the moon is so positioned that the sunrays, that give him brightness, go under partial shadow everyday and regain it after a fortnight. It is known as waxing and waning of the moon. Soon Shiva reached the place of Yagya, his fury grew, he took out the body of Sati from the Havan Kunda and started Tàndava Nritya, with a view to destroy the complete universe. (Shiva performs the Tàndava Nritya both for creation and destruction under ecstatic joy or extreme pain.) The dance showed its immediate effect and the earth and the heaven started rocking dangerously. The frightened Devas requested Vishnu to intervene. He took a fast and right decision. He thought that till the body of Sati is on the shoulder of Shiva he won’t stop; so he released his Chakra Sudarshan and cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. Because Shiva was dancing very fast and the earth and the heaven were rocking, so different parts of Sati’s body fell at different places. All these places became and a Shiva temple came up in their respective vicinity. Since time immemorial the Shakti Peethas are Sàdhanà Sthals. Now, they have changed basically into pilgrim places where people go and worship . Later on, the Devatas, led by Vishnu, requested Shiva to control his anger. He did so. Sati was reborn as the daughter of Parvatràja Himàlaya, was named Pàrvati and became the consort of Shiva again. After falling at different places Sati’s parts of body immediately changed into stones. The places were blessed to become Shakti Peethas and to be known for liberation, and . That establishes the truth behind the incident. For example, Sati’s hair fell in Bengal and the women born there have the best hair in the whole of the country. They are rare places, rare even to gods Vishnu chakrena snchhinnàh tada deha avayayàh prithak, Nipetuh prithvi prishte sthàne sthàne mahàmune. Mahàteerthàni tànyayeva mukti kshetràni bhutale, Siddha pithà hi te eshà devànàm api durlabhàh. Bhumau patitàste tu chhàyàng avayayàh kshanàt, Jammuh pàshàntàm sarva lokànàm hit hetave. Originally, 51 Shakti Peethas are mentioned. In some books, like , the number goes up to 72. The presents a list of 108 Shakti Peethas. The whereabouts of all the 51 Shakti Peethas are not known. They are yet to be recognised according to the names given in Scriptures. The names of places have changed. Moreover, Brihattar Bhàrat is not what we geographically know as India today. On the other hand, many other Shakti Peethas have been constructed and are very famous. They also play a significant role and numerous devotees go there to perform poojà. They are spread over the whole country. They have an important place in Shàkt Sect and tradition. At each Shakti Peetha Navaràtrà Poojà is performed with all purity and earnestness. People from different parts of the country (world) come to participate in it. Despite the passage of time and growing materialism, respect and devotion towards Mà Shakti and the Shakti Peethas has not diminished in the mind and life of Indians. This is due to the need of and fascination for the Màtri-Shakti. Modernity has started showing its effect in the decorations and the mike. At other times, different songs are played on different electronic equipments but during Poojà only songs, hymns and mantras related to Mà Shakti are played.