Know the significance of Vindhyachal Temple
Situated on the banks of pious river Ganges, Uttar Pradesh (India), Maa Vindhyavasini Devi Dhaam is also famous as Vindhyachal temple. Renowned among most revered Shaktipeetha temples in the country, the temple is said to have been built by the Pandavas. The word ‘Vindhyavasini signifies Maa Vindhyavasini Devi who lives in Vindhyachal, also known as the Vindhya mountain range. The shrine of Maa Vindhyavasini, a divine power in form of Maa Shakti is visited by an enormous number of devotees every year. Very large gatherings are held during the April and October months for Navratras. Here in one of the main Shaktipeethas, traditional song competitions are also held in the June month.
Coming to the significance of the Vindhyachal temple, mythological goddess Vindhyavasini is immensely believed by Hindus to bestow instant blessings on Her devotees. The temple is cited to be among 108 main Shaktipeethas in the Srimad Bhagwatam. According to the Hindu legends, the Vindhyachal temple holds the significance to be the place where Mata Parvati used to meditate and offer prayers to Lord Shiva, due to which the place becomes even more pious for devotees to seek Devi’s blessings by visiting it during the Navratras. With reference to many scriptures, Vindhyachal temple is referred as the holiest, since Goddess Durga resided here during the Dwapara Yuga and it is also blessed by the united power of Maha Kali, Maha Saraswati and Maha Lakshmi.
There is another significant reference to the place that takes us back to the time of Sati’s death. When Lord Shiva was carrying the charred body of Sati in great sorrow, Lord Vishnu sliced it with His Sudarshana Chakra, due to which the toe of Devi Sati fell in the Vindhyachal. Further, some say that the Vindhyachal temple rests on the hillock that was created by Devi Durga after killing the demon Mahishasura. The place is also renowned as the one where Lord Vishnu was honored with Sudarshan Chakra from Lord Shiva. Apart from these significant incidents, the place holds a great respect due to the Ashtabhuja Devi temple, devoted to the Goddess Mahasaraswati and Kali Khoh temple, dedicated to the Goddess Kali.