Danteshwari Temple, Dantewada Overview

One of the 52 Shakti Peeths of the country, this 600 year old temple has been constructed in South Indian style of temple architecture in the 14th century by the rulers of the Chalukya Dynasty.

The temple is known for its black stone idol and a Garuda pillar and is segregated into four zones, namely the Garbha Griha, Mukhya Mandap, Maha Mandap and the Sabha Mandap. It is located at the confluence of the holy rivers Shankini & Dhankini. The mythical narration tells that Goddess Parvati had burnt herself on Lord Shiva's insult by her father. As a result, Lord Shiva performed the Taandav with Goddess Parvati's cadaver in his arms and destroyed the Yaga of Daksha. To pacify him, Lord Vishnu tried to cut the body of the Goddess that scattered around 52 places termed as the Shakti Peeths.

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