Sarvashail Shakti Peeth / Godavari Tir Shakti Peeth
Location: 13-15-61/20b, Kotilingala Veedhi, Seethampet, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533104
Temple Timings: 06:00 am to 07:30 pm
Note: Temple timings can be extended during special occasions.
Navaratri, Shivratri, Pushkaram Fair, and Durga Puja are the major festivals celebrated in the temple.
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How to Reach
Rajahmundry railway station is the nearest railway station. Taxis and buses are easily accessible from the railway station to reach the temple.
The nearest airport from the temple is Rajahmundry Airport, which is around 12 km away from the temple.
Bus services are readily available from the other major cities of the country.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Godavari Tir Shakti Peeth is from October to March during the celebrations of Navratri, Durga Puja, and Shivratri.
About the Temple
Godavari Tir Shakti Peeth is one of the famous 51 Shakti Peethas, which is also known as Sarvashail Shakti Peeth. It is an ancient religious pilgrimage for Hindus and famed for its magnificent architecture. On the banks of river Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, the temple is located in the Kotilingeshwara Temple. Godavari river is listed among the longest rivers of India. The gopuram of the temple is formed at an immense height, due to which it looks wondrous and spacious. The statues of all the deities are sanctified in the temple.
The temple is mainly dedicated to the Goddess Sati, who is placed here in the form of 'Vishweshwari' and 'Rakini' (also known as Vishwamatuka or Viveshi). Lord Shiva is worshipped as 'Vatsanabha' or 'Dandpani.' According to the religious beliefs, Goddess Sati’s left cheek fell at this place. Taking a holy bath in the river Godavari is considered sacred, and it is said that while having a bath, all the sins of the devotees wash away.
Worship and Rituals
The ‘Pushkaram Mela’ is the major attraction of the temple, which is celebrated every twelfth year on the banks of river Godavari. Large numbers of believers come to worship the goddess and take a holy bath in the rivers to get relieved of all their wrongdoings and misdeeds. Moreover, during the festivals, the temple is glorified with flowers and lamps. Devotees bow their head infront of the god and wish to fulfil all their desires.
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History of the Temple
There is no exact information about the temple constructed by whom and when. When Lord Vishnu divided the corpse of Goddess Sati into 51 parts and spread all around the Indian subcontinent, the cheeks of Goddess Sati are believed to have fallen at this place. The places where the body parts of Sati fell are considered sacred and worshipped as Shakti Peeth.
Places to Visit Near Around
- Iskcon Rajahmundry, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Dasavatar Mandir
- Gowthami Ghat
- Godavari River
- Cotton Museum, Rajahmundry
- Kambalacheruvu Park
- Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu House
- Gandhi Park, Rajahmundry
- Sri Umakotilingeswara Swamy Sri Sitarama Swamy Temple
- Pushkar Ghat
- Rallabandi Subba Rao Archaeological Museum