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Ashta dasa peeta Durga Stotram

(The prayer to Durga of the eighteen power centres)

 

Translated by

P.R.Ramachander

 

( Lord Shiva married Sathi the daughter of Daksha. Once when Daksha insulted Lord Shiva , he decided not to go to his house . But When Daksha conduced a great Yaga, Sathi wanted go there against the wishes of Lord Shiva. When Lord Shiva was again insulted By Daksha, Sathi jumped in the yaga fire and died. The furious Shiva came there beheaded Daksha, and in great anger he took the body of Sathi and holding it atop his head started the dance of the deluge. Lord Vishnu curt the body of Sathi in to pieces and the place where each piece fell was called a Shakthi Peeta(power centre. One group believes that there are eighteen Shakthi Peetas and another believes that there are one hundred and eight Shakthi peetas. The eighteen Shakthi peetas are:-

 

Trinkomali (Sri Lanka) Sankari Devi Groin fell here

Kanchi (Tamil Nadu) Kamakshi Devi - Back

Pradyumna or Chotila (Gujarat) Sri Srunkala Devi - Stomach

Mysore (Karnataka) Chamundeswari Devi Hair

Alampur (Andhra Pradesh) Jogulamba Devi Upper teeth

Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh) Bhramramba Devi - Neck

Sholapur (Maharastra) Mahalaksmi Devi - Eyes

Nanded (Maharastra) Ekavenika Devi Right Hand

Ujjain (Madya pradesh) Mahakalai Devi Upper Lip

Pithapuram (Andhra Pradesh) Puruhutika Devi Left Hand

Cuttack (Orissa) Girija Devi - Navel

Draksharamam (Andhra Pradesh) Manikyamba Devi - Left cheek

Guwahati (Assam) Kamarupa Devi Vulva

Prayag (Uttar Pradesh) Madhaveswari Devi - Fingers

Jwala (Himachal Pradesh) Vaishnavi Devi - Head

Gaya (Bihar) Sarvamangala Devi Breast

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) Visalaksi Devi - Wrist

Kashmir Saraswati Devi Right Hand

This great prayer mentions the eighteen Shakthi Peetas and praises the Goddess there.)

 

1.Lankhayaam Shankari devim, Kamakshi Kanchika pure ,

Pradhyumne srunkala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane ,

 

Shankari in Sri Lanka , Kamakshi in Kanchipura,

Srunkala devi in Pradhyumna and Chamunda in Mysore

 

2.Alampure Jogulamba , Sri Shaile Bramarambika ,

KOlhapure Mahalakshmi , Mahurye Eka veerika

 

Jogulkamba of Alampur , Brahmarambika of Sri Shaila,

The Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur, the Eka veerika of Mahurya

 

3.Ujaynyaam Maha Kali , peethikaayam Puruhuthika,

Odhayane Girija devi, Manikha Daksha vatike

 

The Mahakali of Ujjaini , Puruhuthika of Pethapura ,

The Girija devi of of Cuttack, The Manikhamba devi of Draksharamam

 

4.Hari kshethre Kama roopi, Prayage Madhaveswari,

Jwalayaam Vaishnavidevi , Gaya Mangala Gourika

 

The Kameswari devi of Gauhathi, The Madheswari of Allahabad ,

The Vaishnavi devi of Jwalamukhi and Mangala Gourika of Gaya

 

5.Varanasyam visalakshi , Kashmere thu Saraswathi,

Ashta dasa Shakthi peedani , yogeenam abhi durlabham

 

The Visalakshi of Benares and Goddess Saraswathi of Kashmir ,

These eighteen places of Goddess Shakthi are difficult to attain even by yogis

 

6.Sayam kale paden nithyam , sarva shatru vinasanam,

Sarva roga haram divyam, sarva Sampathkaram Shubham.

 

If this is read daily evening, it wil lead to destruction of all enemies,

Curing of all diseases and gaining of all types of wealth.