Danteshwari Temple

In antiquated days when Bastar region was well known by the name of Chakrakot, present Dantewada locale was known as Tarlapal. The lords of Chalukya Dynasty made Barsur their capital and ruled this district; in course of time they exchanged their tossed to Dantewada. Alongside Chalukya Kings their tribal god of Warangal additionally came and got built up in a sanctuary as Danteshwari close to the juncture of Dankini and Shankini streams and in this manner this place is called Dantewada.
It is trusted that Danteshwari of Chalukya rulers is the changed name of Manikeshwari of the lords of Naga Dynasty, who managed this area before to Chalukyas. Chalukya Kings had the sanctuary built amid fourteenth century.
As per a predominant myth regarding Danteshwari, because of an affront conferred by her dad Prajapati Daksha towards her partner Lord Shiva amid a Yaggya, Goddess Sati got disappointed and submitted self-immolation in the fire pit of yaggya. Master Vishnu cut the dead assortment of Goddess Sati into pieces with his Sudarshan to make Lord Shiva free from the pain brought on by the passing of Sati. Parts of the dead collection of Goddess Sati were scattered to fifty-two better places, which were blessed as Shakti Pithas by various names. It is trusted that a tooth of Sati had fallen here and Danteshwari Shaktipith was built up.
Revival of the present development of sanctuary was done before Independence of India. The sanctuary is partitioned into four sections, for example, Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. Garbha Griha and Maha Mandap were developed with stone pieces. It is said that few statues were brought from Barsur and were built up here. A Garud Pillar has been raised before passageway of the sanctuary, which was brought from the sanctuary of Barsur.

Chalukya rulers were the committed fans of Danteshwari. At whatever point they originated from Bastar to acquire a look at goddess, a town was offered to the name of goddess. The quantity of these towns, hence got to be as much as one hundred and forty four by 1909, it has turned into a Mukasha or Maphi Jagir (home, got from a ruler as a blessing or reward). Sanctuary’s administration was finished by the Zia family and supporters of this family have been playing out the love genetically till today.

Warmly known as Maiji among her a large number of fans both tribal and non-tribal, Danteshwari has turned into a living Shakti Pith as god, confidence and conviction.

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