AHMEDABAD: It may not be possible for common devotees to visit holy shakti peeths of Devi Hinglaj in Balochistan or to Devi Indrakshi in Sri Lanka or the other Peeths spread across India. But anyone coming to the biggest Shakti Peeth of Ambaji in Banaskantha district can now see all the 51 Peethas while undertaking the three kilometre Parikrama of Gabbar Ambaji temple.
The project for building replicas of all the 51 shakti peeths is over and will be inaugurated by chief minister Narendra Modi on February 13.
Pradipsinh Jadeja, minister of state for religious tourism development said, “The Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav and three day cultural festival will be held from February 11 to 13 at Ambaji. Ten raths will move across the state covering more than 5000 km to inform the people about the new project.” The government has spent Rs 60 crore on the project.
The Shakti Peeths (holy places of cosmic power) are places of worship consecrated to the goddess ‘Shakti’, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. They are sprinkled throughout the Indian subcontinent.
The goddess is often associated both with Gowri and Parvati, the benevolent goddess of harmony, marital felicity and longevity, with Durga, goddess of strength and valour, and with Mahakali, goddess of destruction of the evil.