Shri Mahamaya Devi
Shri Mahamaya Devi temple is dedicated to dual Goddess Lakshmi & Saraswati, located in Ratanpur and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas. Built in the 12–13th century, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mahamaya. This temple was built during the reign of Kalchuri King Ratnadev I, founder of Haihaiyavansi Kingdom having its capital at Ratanpur. It is believed that the temple was built at the spot where the king Ratandev I had darshan of council of goddess Kali. Originally the temple was for three goddesses viz Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati. Later, Maha Kali left the old temple. Still later, a new (current) temple was built by king Bahar Sai which was for goddess Maha Lakshmi and goddess Maha Saraswati. This temple was built in vikram samvat 1552 (1492 AD). Traditionally Mahamaya is the Kuldevi of Ratanpur state. The temple has been renovated by the architecture department.
Inside the main temple campus, facing the famous Kanthi Dewal temple and the Temple main pond is the splendid dual statues of Mahamaya: the front one is called the Mahishasur Mardini and the hind statue is believed to be that of Goddess Saraswati.
Surrounding the main temple are many big halls where Jyoti Kalashas are lit by the Trust on behalf of the devotees. The Kalashas are kept “alive” for the whole nine days of Navratras. This is why they are also called Akhand Manookaamna Navratra Jyoti Kalashas. It is believed that Devi fulfills all your wishes if you follow proper fasting, puja and archana of Devi and also contribute to the Akhand Jyoti Kalashas.
Around the main temple, there are many other temples, the most important of these are Mahamrityunjaya Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir and Kanthi Dewal.
The guardian of the temple is considered to be Kalbhairva, whose temple is located on the approach road to the temple on the highway. It is a popular belief that pilgrims who visit Mahamaya temple also need to visit the temple of Kalabhairava to complete their pilgrimage.
From Chhattisgarh Airport, Raipur Sidh Shakti Peeth Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir is 157 Km. From Bilaspur Junction it is 30.5 Km and from Bilaspur it is around 26.1 Km. Buses are frequently available from bus stand. Even three wheeler auto and taxis can rented.
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Sidh Shakti Peeth Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir Trust
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