Guys You might have heard about the Shakti Peetha , which are significant shrines and pilgrimage in Hinduism. These Shakti Peethas are dedicated to the various forms of Adi Shakti. In the Shakti Peetha there are Adi Shakti Peetha, Maha Shakti Peetha and Shakti Peetha as per Sankara Samhita of Sri Skanda Purana. In this article you will learn about the Vimala Temple which is one of the four Adi Shakti Peetha.
Vimala Temple is one of the four Adi Shakti Peetha dedicated to goddess Vimala or Bimala. The temple is located in the south-west corner of the inner enclosure of the Jagannath temple complex and on the western corner of the tower of Jagannath, next to the sacred pond Rohini kunda. The temple faces east and is built of sandstone and laterite. In Jagannath Temple, prasad will not be considered as the Mahaprasad until it is also offered to Goddess VImala.
Story of Vimala Temple
According to the famous legend of Goddess Sati who married to Lord Shiva against his father Prajapati Daksha wishes. As a result he insulted Shiva and Sati, and not invited them in the grand Yagya where all the gods were invited. Sati went to yagya even when she was not invited and as a result she was insulted by Daksha. Unable to withstand this insult, Sati sacrificed herself in the fire. Lord Shiva became angry at his wife’s death and wild, grief-stricken Shiva wandered the universe with her half-burnt corpse. To overcome this grief, Shiva has to get rid of Sati’s corpse but his love wouldn’t let him do it. Finally, Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to dismember her body into 51 parts, each of which fell on different places on the earth, each creating a Shakti Pitha. The Vimala Temple was the place where the feet of Sati fell and now it is revered as the holiest place to worship goddess Sati.
The temple is located in the south-west corner of the inner enclosure of the Jagannath temple complex and on the right hand western corner of the tower of Jagannath, next to the sacred pond Rohini kunda. The temple faces east and is built of sandstone and laterite. It is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana, jagamohana, nata-mandapa and bhoga-mandapa. The temple is maintained and was renovated around 2005 by the Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar Circle.
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