There lay several unexplained phenomena in this universe. Some say that Science and religion do not have any difference, while some strongly believe that Religion is by far more complex and superior to Science and can answer those questions, which Science fails to. I do believe there is some power, which is beyond our levels of understanding. After surging through the wild and a fun filled day, I was on my way to experiencing something beyond my wildest dreams.
It is said that in the folklores of Lord Shiva and his consort Shakti, Shakti immolated herself in the fire pit of a yagna kund, in the rage of an insult committed by her father Daksha towards her Lord Shiva during a yaga. The death of his wife caused Shiva to grieve wherein he razed the yaga and with the body of Shakti he danced the ‘Shiv Taandav’. In doing so he cut off Shakti’s body and dispersed parts of her body in fifty-two different places on Earth. These have been consecrated as the Shakti Pithas. Among these, the place where Shakti’s tooth fell has been venerated as a shrine and named Maa Danteshwari.
Built in the 14th Century by the Chalukya Kings in the South Indian Style of architecture, the temple has a large value to its history. Maa Danteshwari’s idol is chiseled from black stone while the entire temple is parted into four chambers, the Garba Griha, Maha Mandap, the Sabha Mandap and the Mukhya Mandap. The temple is surrounded by ginormous walls and is in fact inside a very spacious courtyard.
The six hundred year old temple represents the socio-religio- cultural history of that region. This temple stands to witness centuries of history and tradition still ignorant to man. Maa Danteshwari is worshipped with great pomp and devotion and is treated with high respect and faith by the locals.
With this blessed visit, my day feels purer and so do I. Not only do I have some stunning images to share with you but also an entire history you would have never heard of before.