Ekaveerika Devi

Ekaveerika Devi

One of the 18 Shakti Peeth temples.

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Ekaveerika devi temple is in Mahur , Maharashtra. The deity here is called Ekaveerika mata. The temple is in Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. It is 50 km from Kinwat and 126 km from Nanded. Nagpur is 210 km by road from Mahur. Sati’s Right shoulder has fallen here. There was a great king called Daksha Prajapati who was the son of Lord Brahma. He had 27 daughters and Sati Devi is one among them. Sati Devi got married to Lord Shiva. When Dashka entered the arena of a Yaga performed by Agni, everyone except Lord Shiva stood up as a mark of respect. Daksha felt insulted by Lord Shiva’s behavior. Later when Daksha conducted a Yaga himself, he did not invite his daughter and his son in law. Though Sati felt bad because of the non-invitation, she wanted to attend the Yaga against the wish of Lord Shiva.When Sati, attended the yaga no body has cared for her and she felt insulted by the actions of her sisters and parents. Then when her father started abusing her husband she could not control her feelings and scarified herself at the place of yagna by creating agni from earth with her right thumb of her foot. Knowing this Lord Shiva removed one bunch of Jhatha from his head and hit it on the earth. From that Lord Veerabhadra has born and rushed to yaga spot and killed Daksha by cutting his head. Later Shiva went to the spot and taken the body of sati from the fire and started dancing with it. The world was terrorized from this Tandava Nritya and to stop this Nritya, Vishnu used his Sudarshan chakra and completely cut the Sati’s body in to pieces. These body parts have fallen at various places in India and Srilanka. Where ever these parts have fallen the places are called Shaktipeethas. There are 18 such places and they are called Ashta (8) Dasa(10) Shakti peethas. Mahur is famous for Renuka Devi temple and very few people are knowing about Ekaveerika devi temple and mostly they call Renuka devi temple as shakti peeth. We find more rush at Renuka devi temple than Ekaveerika mata temple. It is said that Ekaveerika Devi is the elder sister of Renukadevi. Renuka devi temple is 800 years old. Prasad being grinded : Here pan patta and supari are grinded as paste and offered as prasad. There are many important temples and sightseeing places on the top of the hill, and in the deep forest. Ekaveera Matha temple: It is present on the bank of Pen Ganga river (Pancha Ganga river). It is about 30 to 40 minutes distance from Mahur. The temple is present in the fields of nearby Village. The temple is very small. We will see only the head of Goddess here. Renuka Matha temple: Renuka Matha temple is present on the top of Hill near Mahur. Renuka Matha is the mother of Lord Parasurama. Jamadagni Maharshi, husband of Renuka Matha is also present in the form of Shiva Linga. The temple is present in the deep forest and we can see Peacocks in the journey. Parasurama temple: Lord Parasurama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) temple is also present on the same hill. There is a holy pond here, called Parasurama kund. Dattatreya Swami temple: Jagadguru Dattareya swami temple is present on another hill. Anasuya Matha temple: Anasuya Matha is the mother of Dattatreya swami. Her temple is present on the third hill. Atri Maharshi Temple: Atri Maharshi is the father of Dattatreya Swamy. This temple is also present beside Anasuya matha temple. Matru tirtha: Matru tirtha is a very holy pond described in Guru Charitra. Lord Parsurama did the ceremony of his father, Jamadagni, in this place. People will take a holy dip in this pond and get rid off their sins. Devdeveshwar Mandir: This is the sleeping place of Dattatreya swami. Daily Guru Dattatreya swami will take bath at Varanasi in Ganga river, Bhiksha (Lunch) in Kolhapur and sleep in Mahur. This temple is present in Mahur town.

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