Danteshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas. The temple was built in the 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South. Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state.
The temple is situated at the confluence of the holy rivers Shankini and Dhankini,both the rivers have different colors,this six-hundred-year-old temple is one of the ancient heritage sites of India and is a representation of the religio-socio-cultural history of the Bastar region. Little is known about this shrine to much of India. The vast temple complex today is truly a standing monument to centuries of history and tradition. With its rich architectural and sculptural wealth and its vibrant festival traditions, Danteshwari Mai temple serves as the most important spiritual center for the people of this region. It is believed that a tooth of Sati had fallen here and Danteshwari Shakti Peetha was established.
Another legend claims that the kings of Chalukya Dynasty made Barsur their capital and ruled this region; in course of time they transferred their thrown to Dantewada. Along with Chalukya Kings their ancestral deity of Warangal also came and got established in a temple as Danteshwari near the confluence of Dankini and Shankini rivers and thus this place is called Dantewada.
It is believed that Danteshwari of Chalukya kings is the changed name of Manikeshwari of the kings of Naga Dynasty, who ruled this region earlier to Chalukyas. Chalukya Kings had the temple constructed during fourteenth century.
Resurrection of the present construction of temple was done before Independence of India. The temple is divided into four parts such as Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. Garbha Griha and Maha Mandap were constructed with stone pieces. It is said that several statues were brought from Barsur and were established here. A Garud Pillar has been erected in front of entrance of the temple, which was brought from the temple of Barsur.
Chalukya rulers were the dedicated devotees of Danteshwari. Whenever they came from Bastar to obtain a glimpse of goddess, a village was offered to the name of goddess. The number of these villages, thus became as much as one hundred and forty four by 1909, it has become a Mukasha or Maphi Jagir (estate, received from a ruler as a gift or reward). Temple’s management was done by the Zia family and followers of this family have been performing the worship hereditarily till today.
Affectionately known as Maiji among her millions of devotees both tribal and non-tribal, Danteshwari has become a living Shakti Pith in the form of deity, faith and belief.
Every year during Dusshera thousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to the goddess, when her idol was taken out of that ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession, now a popular tourist attraction part of the 'Bastar Dussehra' festival. There also a is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalashas during Navaratris here.
From Chhattisgarh Airport, Raipur Sidh Shakti Peeth Ma Danteshwari Mandir is 354 Km. From Dantewada Railway Station it is 3 Km and from Dantewada bus stand it is around 1.1 Km.
Dantewada is connected with Jagdalpur the nearest town, by State Highway No.16 . Private Luxury Buses are available from almost all the big cities of Chattisgarh , like Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg & Rajnandgaon to Bailadila, which goes through Dantewada. APSRTC buses connect Dantewada with Hyderabad as well.
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