Adi Shankarahara mentions Shrinkala Devi as the second Shakti Peeta.
“Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha patane /”
This is where the Stomach was reported to have fallen.
This Temple was destroyed by the Muslim invader and what is remaining is under the custody of The Archeological Survey of India
The First Shakti Peetam Shankari Devi at Trincomalle is was also destroyed and what we have there is only the Murthy and some portions of the old building.
Shrinkala Devi temple is located in Pandua, Hoogly district, West Bengal. Pandua is 66 kms from Howrah railway station.
It is also believed that the temple is in Sringeri, Karnataka.( I am unable to locate this, I am not sure if this is Sringeri Sharada)
There is also another temple dedicated to Hanseshwari Devi near Shrinkala temple.
At present there is no temple in Pandua. During Muslim rulers’ invasion, the temple was destroyed and in its place a Minar is built.
The entry to the temple is barred for security reasons. The temple is maintained by the Archaeological survey of India.
“Regarding the temple of Shrinkhala devi near calcutta:
It is said to be situated as u said in Hugli dist in a place by name Pandua.
Just for your information I myself had been to the place with my friends where the temple of Shrinkhala devi was supposed to be in the past.
At present there is no temple in the place, a minar was built there by muslim invaders and at present the place is under the protection of Archeological society of India, the door was locked and when we enquired the way inside we came to know that entry was banned into the temple (the so called minar) because of security reasons, but there were clear cut and significantly distinguishable features at the main door of the construction showing that it was once the main entrance of a Hindu temple probably of Shrinkhala Devi. There were ruins of temple infront of minar.
Another supportive evidence about the temple was obtained when we enrquired local residents, Every year during magha maasa (Around February) a festival by name MELA TAALA of about 30 days duration is celebrated in the premises of the minar which is attended by local hindu and muslim communities in large numbers (More than 1 lakh). It is one of the important celebration of that place.
Another interesting fact is that near to Pandua there is a temple of Hanseswari mata which is regarded as Shakti peetha.
Taking into consideration all the above facts observed and collected it could be a possibility that it was the place where there was Shrinkhala devi temple.
Regarding the story of Rushya srunga it is said that he was grown up by his father from his child hood without exposure to the external world away from everyone except his father himself in the forest.This sage was pure at heart that he had a soul of an infant who does not get into the wordly joy. This made him a devotee of Shrinkhala devi .
There is also a contest in great epic of hindus ”The Ramayana” about this sage that he was the one who conducted the Putrakaameshti yaaga for king Dasaradha.
King Romapada a friend of Dasradha adopted Santha devi who was the sister of Sri Rama.He requested this sage to conduct a yagna to get relief of very long famine which was relieved after the yagna.On the request of the king this sage married Santha devi and conducted the above metioned Yagna .
After some time this great sage as was a great devotee of Shrinkhala devi brought her in the sense his mother to Sringeri and distributed the energy around the Srunga parvatha and there he constructed temples to the deity. These places are also regarded as Shakti peethas…
Shrinkala devi was supposed to be in West bengal, hoogly district.But as such there is no temple also.A story says that Sage Rishya Shringala has brought to her to shringeri in karnataka.Any further light on this story?
Saraswati devi of sharada peetham was supposed to be at 120 kms from Mujjafarrabad in POK.But as such the temple is completly ruined by the localites.Anticipating the future Saint Sankaracharya has brought her to Shringeri in Karnatak.The present deity of Sharada is none other than Saraswati devi.Any further light on this story?
There are remnants of the existence of a temple earlier.
The temple is built by Sage Rhusya Shrunga..
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3 responses to “Shrinkala Devi, Second Shakti Peetam Sringeri?”
Well, there are many temples across India that are in bad shape as on date! 2 years back, I visited the Appa Kudathan shrine at Koviladi, Tamilnadu, which is supposed to be one of the divya desams (considering divya desam shrines are very dear to Sri Vaishnavas). This temple lacked even common hygiene factors. There was goat droppings all over the steps of the temple, no cleanliness, the temple must not have been cleaned for a very long time. I mean it, seriously. My sentiments were hurt to the point that I had tears in my eyes.
And this temple, by the way, is of historic importance. I had written an email to the Government of Tamilnadu as soon as I came back, still no reply and I am sure there has been nothing done.
Recently, I heard that the youth group members of the Ahobali Mutt are cleaning up Sri Vaishnava temples to keep the historic importance alive and ensure that the temple does not crumble some day! Finally, there is some thing positive.
Regarding the Shakti temples, the popular ones are being maintained by the respective state governments but others are being neglected. It is sad, indeed. What I personally feel is that we (followers/ propagators of Sanathana Dharma) ourselves are responsible for our temples being destroyed. Many rules invaded India, and Mughals being people from a different faith did conquer some temples. But, all that is the thing of the past. We should concentrate on the present and also the future, like the youth group of Ahobali Mutt, we should pick up a broom and start the cleaning process. I am not just talking about physically cleaning the temple, through such mediums, we should also clean up the mess our belief is in right now!
Also, I do not agree that it is a religion that destroys structures made by believers of some other religion! Because, Islam does not say destroy idols or temples. It just says that we do not believe in Idol worship. Quoting the Holy Quran that talks about religious tolerance, but it was highly misinterpreted by those Mughal rulers who invaded India and destroyed temples. This does not mean that all Muslims want to destroy temples. There are many atheists, born in Brahmin families who want temples to be destroyed!
Holy Quran 109:1-6
I worship not that which ye worship;
Nor worship ye that which I worship.
And I shall not worship that which ye worship.
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.
However, Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) did destroy idols that were placed in the Kaaba. That was simply because the Pagans had installed idols of Jinns and Satans in the Kaaba, which was built by Prophet Ibrahim. The Kaaba is only supposed to house a black stone and nothing else!
Also, our texts do not propagate idol worship. When we install an idol or a Shiva Linga, we do in a scientific manner in which it offers great energies. But today, there are people who make a small idol and place it in a small marble block, calling it a temple, which only destroys the purpose of such structures! God is only one, we see him in many forms. But, installation of idols and temples need to be performed as prescribed in the texts and nothing should be random.
May Sriman Narayana show us the right path!
Forgot to mention. It is said that Nammazhwar recited pasurams at the Appakudathan shrine
Re Sringeri try Kudali or Koodali, the confluence place of Tunga and Badra, to check out the Srinkala Devi temple