Alopi temple Allahabad

11 Jan
2017

The Indian temple is located at Alopibagh in Allahabad near the holy Sangam at the convergence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati; where Kumbh Mela is also held every twelve years. The history of the temple according to a legend is an interesting one that says, after Goddess Sathi’s death, troubled and angry Lord Shiva travelled across skies with her dead body and performed Tandav. In order to relieve him from his agony, Lord Vishnu threw his Sudarshana Chakra at the corpse that eventually resulted in the fall of the different body parts of the goddesses at several places that got sanctified by their touch and were believed as holy places for pilgrimage. It is said that two fingers of Sathi’s hands fell here along with last part of body and disappeared at this place in Allahabad and was thereby named as Alopi (disappearance), the divinest of all.

The temple is very unique in its manner, as there is no statue or idol of any deity mounted in the temple. Only a Wooden Jhula or Doli is worshipped in Alopi temple. For having belief that the hand fingers of Goddess Sati dropped at this site, Alopi temple is considered by one and all as one of the Ashta Das Shaktipeeth. The concept is further prevalent in South India which was spread by Ashtadasa Shaktipeetaha Stotra from Adi Shankara. Here, at Alopi Temple, Goddess Alopi Devi is worshiped simply as a Wooden Doli which is placed over a marble stone. It is considered that this is the only temple around that has no idol or symbol to worship. Devotees immersed in God’s prayers only imagine the presence of Goddess on a Wooden Jhula and do the worshipping.

The temple also celebrates all festivals and celebration festivals such as Chaitri Navratri, Maha Shivratri, Ashwin Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja and Deepawali in an enormous manner. Since the temple is well connected to major cities, towns, roads, buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws, reaching there is very easy just like other locations. The nearest railway is Allahabad Junction and connecting to airport takes about 10km from Allahabad.

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