The Shakti Peethas are places of worship dedicated to the goddess ‘Shakti’, the main deity of the Shakta sect. They are scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent. This goddess is often associated both with Gowri / Parvati, the benevolent goddess of harmony, marital happiness and longevity, with Durga, goddess of strength and courage, and Mahakali, goddess of the destruction of evil. Sri Aadi Shankaracharya wrote this Ashtadasa Shakthi Peetha Stotram.
Ashtadasa Shaktipeeth Stotram Lyrics in English:
Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure |
Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane ॥ 1 ॥
Goddess Shankari in Sri lanka, Kamakshi in Kanchipuram,
Goddess Shrinkhala in Pradyumna and Chamunda in Mysore
Alampure Jogulamba, Sri shaile Bhramarambika |
Kolha pure Maha lakshmi, Mahurye Ekaveerika ॥ 2 ॥
Goddess Jogulamba in Alampur, Goddess Brhamarabika in Sri Shailam,
Goddess Maha Lakshmi in Kolhapur and Goddess Eka veera in Mahur
Ujjainyam Maha kali, Peethikayam Puruhutika |
Odhyane Girija devi, Manikya Daksha vatike ॥ 3 ॥
Goddess Maha Kali in Ujjain Purhuthika in Peethika,
Goddess Girija in Odhyana and goddess Manikya in the house of Daksha,
Hari kshetre Kama rupi, Prayage Madhaveshwari |
Jwalayam Vishnavi devi, Gaya Mangalya gourika ॥ 4 ॥
Goddess Kama rupi in the temple of Vishnu, Goddess Madhevaswari in Allahabad,
The flame giving Goddess in Jwala muki and Mangala Gouri in Gaya.
Varanasyam Vishalakshi, Kashmire tu Saraswati |
Ashtadasha Shakti peethani, Yoginamapi durlabham ॥ 5 ॥
Goddess Visalakshi in Varanasi, Goddess Saraswathi in Kashmir,
Are the 18 houses of Shakthi, which are rare even to devas.
Sayamkale pathennityam, Sarva shatri vinashanam |
Sarva roga haram divyam, Sarva sampatkaram shubham ॥ 6 ॥
If read in the evening daily, it leads to killing of all enemies,
And also curing of all diseases and getting of all types of wealth.