Maa Danteshwari Temple Jagdalpur dedicated to the kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar lies in the same compound as the blue-and-white Bastar Palace. Line up to enter the small temple, where a statue of the goddess is adorned with bright clothes, jewelry, flowers and offerings. A metal railing keeps the devotees pretty far from the main garbhagriha. There is a small Mahakali shrine on the right and a Ganpati statue installed on the left as you enter the enclosure. Most events during Bastar Dussehra are initiated or concluded here.
The spiritual draw of being blessed by the kuldevi of Bastar is hard to resist for culture aficionados as well as religious travelers to Jagdalpur. Age-old forests, bountiful rivers, and exotic vistas complement the town’s divine hook as if culminating to offer an ode to Goddess Danteshwari.
It is an ancient temple built by kings of Bastar, to install their family Goddess. Devi Danteshwari is the goddess of entire Bastar. White Marble stone image of the Goddess and lion as the carrier is an added attraction. At the main entrance to the temple, ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu can be seen. It is inside Bastar palace. Special offerings are made on Saturday and Tuesday in the temple.
Bastar Dussehra is celebrated in this legendary temple. During this occassion, all the deities from all the tribal villages congregate in this temple. It is completely different from the commonly known Dussehra festivals of the country. This festival celebrates the Divine bliss of Goddess Danteshwari, who is the revered deity of all the existing tribes of the state.
During Srafiya Navratri the face of the goddess is towards South and in Chaitra Navratri, the face of the goddess is towards east. It is told that this is the only Shaktipitha in India, where, Devi is worshipped as Goddess Laxmi on Diwali.
Twenty four wooden pillars, in this temple, decorated with varied images and paintings created by famous artists from Odisha is worth visiting.
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