Pitambara Peeth , Datia – Madhya Pradesh
Goddess Bagalamukhi is one of the ten mahavidyas (great wisdom goddesses) in Hinduism. She is also known as Pitambara Maa in Northern Parts of India. Datia is in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in Bundelkhand region. Bundelkhand anciently known as Chedi Kingdom, got its name from Bundela Rajputs. The region is now divided between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Shri Peetambara Peetha is one of the most famous Shakti Peetha of Baglamukhi Devi in Datia, Madhya Pradesh, approximately 75 km from Gwalior and approximately 30 km from Jhansi.
Shri Pitambara Peeth is one of the most famous Shakti Peetha of Baglamukhi which was established by Bramhaleen Pujyapaad RashtraGuru Anant Shree Swami Ji Maharaj in 1920s. He also established the temple of goddess Dhumavati within the ashram. Dhumavati and Baglamukhi are the two of the ten Mahavidyas. In addition to those, thereare temples of Parshuram, Hanuman, Kal Bhairav and other god and goddess spread across the large area of Ashram. Currently the Peeth is maintained by a trust. There is a Sanskrit library which was established by the Pujyapaad, and is maintained by Ashram. One can get the books explaining the history of the Ashram and secret Mantras of various kind of Sadhanas and tantras. One of the unique feature of the Ashram is its endeavor to spread the light of Sanskrit language to young children , free of cost. Ashram conducts Sanskrit debates across the years.
Pujyapaad was called ‘Swamiji’or ‘Maharaaj’ by the devotees. No one knows from where he came, or his name; nor did he disclose this to anyone. Pujyapaad was a strong devotee of Goddess Pitambara. He had a natural liking for the Sanskrit language. He was having good knowledge of Urdu, Persian and Arabic, English, Pali, Prakrit languages. He liked the classical music and various great classical musicians of that time used to visit the ashram. Some of the musicians who visited the ashram are Pundit Gundai Maharaj, Siyaram Tiwari, Rajan Sajay Mishra, Dagar Bandhu etc. One of the greatest classical musician Acharaya Brhaspati was follower of Pujyapaad.
This shakti peeth has Vankhandeswar Shiva Temple as well which is said to be of the time of Mahabharata.People of Datia are very simple and live religious life. One should visit the ashram with very pure heart and full devotion and should maintain purity of the place in all circumstances.
There is Haridra lake in front of the main temple and at the back, there is an office and other buildings. The building also houses a Sanskrit library and a school. Founder of the Peeth, Swamiji Maharaj, was a connoisseur of language, literature and classical music. Renowned classical musicians often visited this Peeth to meet Swamiji.
Pitambara Peeth was, according to many legends ‘Tapasthali’ (place of meditation) of many mythological as well as real life people. The shivlingam of shree Vankhandeswar Shiva is tested and approved by the Archeological Survey of India to be of the same age as that of the Mahabharata. It is primarily a Shakta place of worship (devoted to Mother Goddess).
At the time of Indo China war, a Rashtra Raksha Anushtan yagya was started. The process was complete and successful. Maharaj ji wished to establish Bhagvati Dhumavati’s temple and he did. He also composed some literature about Bhagvati Dhumavati.
Weather it is 1965 or 1971 – whenever enemy descended upon Indian turf, Shri Datiya Pitambara Peeth has responded with vigor and launched a spiritual attack by Tantrik Anushthanam for thwarting the enemy efforts. On completion of an anusthanam enemy forces always retreated. Recently a successful anushthanam was held for Pakistani invasion on Kargil front. Pitambara Shakti Peeth Datiya is where motherland is worship is valued and respected the most.
The legendary story that looms around the origin of Bagalamukhi that, once upon a time, a huge storm lashed onto earth, and threatened to destroy all of god`s creation. As a result all the gods assembled in the Saurashtra region. Goddess Bagalamukhi emerged from the `Haridra Sarovar`, pacified by the prayers of the gods, calmed down the destructive storm. Yet another story goes on to explain that a demon named Madan underwent penance and won the boon of vak siddhi, according to which whatever he said, happened the exact way. Starting to take his boon as a point to harass innocent people, the heavenly livings were severely enraged, thereby worshipping Bagalamukhi. She stopped the demon`s rampage by gripping his tongue and silencing his speech forever. However, before she could kill him, he requested her that he is worshipped alongside the goddess, and she yielded. That is why Madan (the demon) is shown with her together. A skilled pandit performs the Bagalamukhi Puja, as a slightest mistake in the ritual can bring about worse effects. The puja is organized according to the Vedic ritual, to overwhelm enemies. It not only diminishes the power of the enemy, but also creates an atmosphere where he/she becomes hopelessly unaided. The energised Baglamukhi Yantra is also used for the same purpose. It shields the person from enemies and evils.
Festivals celebrated at Pitambara Peeth
Both Navratris, Guru Purnima and Maha Nirvana Din (the death anniversary of Maharaj-ji) are primary days of Festivities at the ashram. As per Shakta system; Navaratri are perfect and auspicious day to start a Sadhana. A community hawan is organized on Ninth day of Navaratri. Markings of Lotus feet of Guru are worshipped on day of Guru Purnima. Vasant Panchami is celebrated with much joy. Every morning Saraswati Pujan is performed. Evenings see the Ashram immersed in sounds of India classical music.
Places of Interest
- Balaji Dham Unnav – 17 km from here and he is an ichha purti temple.Unnav is seventeen kilometers from Datia Headquarters. Balaji Temple is very old temple is said to date from Pre-Historic times. People from very distant places flock to the Balaji Sun Temple on pilgrimage. There is a tank in the vinicity said to contain sacred water and is the popular belief that lepers who take a bath in these waters are cured of their terrible affliction. This is also known as Balaji-Dham. Unnav is connected by road only.
- Sonagiri temples – Sonagiri is a famous pilgrimage of the Jains, who come in large numbers annually to worship at these beautiful temples. There are more than One Hundred temples and atract visitors and tourists from distant places. Sonagir is located at 15 Km. from Datia and is connected by Road and Train.
- Rajgarh Palace – is located near Pitambra Peeth. This was built by King Shatrujit Bundela. Palace is made of Bundeli Archetecture. Museum is also located this place and is collection of Geological & Cultural Importance things.
- Badoni – This place is known as Chhoti Badoni and is located about 10 Km. from Datia City. There are Guptkalin temples of “Boddh” and “Jain” Religion and famous for Bundeli Archetecture “Fort” and “Hawelies”
- Gujarra – is 17 Km. from Datia and is famous for “Ashoka’s Shilalekh”.
- Seondha – is located 70 Km. from Datia and is connected road only. This Tehsil Headquarter is famous for Water fall on Sindh River, Kanhargarh Fort, and Nandnandan temple. At fifteen kilometers from Seondha there is famous temple of “Ratangarh Mata” Temple. This temple is located in dense forest.
- Bhander – is located 30 Km. from Datia. Bhander is recently merged as 3rd Tehsil in Datia District. Mahabharat period name of Bhander was “Bhandakpur” and famous for Son-Tallaiya, Laxman Mandir and Old Fort.
- Pancham Kavi ki Toriya – This natural and beautiful place is located 4 Km from Datia and is famous for “Bhairav Temple”.
- Udnu ki Toriya – This place is famous for “Hanuman Temple” and is located 8 Km from Datia on the very high Place having about 350 steps.
- Botonical Garden – This is located on Datia-Bhander road at 5 Km. This place is developed by Forest Department and is dense forest as well as natural place.
- Other Places – In Datia City there are lot of beautiful temples. Datia is known as “Laghu Vrandaban” some of these are “Avadh Bihari Temple”, “Shivgir Temple”, “Vijay-Raghav Temple”, “Govind Temple”, and “Bihariji Temple”.
Getting there and around
- By Air – Gwalior has its own airport that is situated 8 km away from the main city. Gwalior is connected by air from Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, and Delhi. Datia is 75 km away from Gwalior.
- By Rail – Pitambra Peeth is located at the entrance of Datia city. Datia railway station 3 km from the Peetambra and Bus stand is located at the distance of 1 km. Auto are available from the railway station and bus stand to reach Pitambra Peeth. This route is well connected by Rail from all parts of India.
- By Road – Lot of state and Private buses ply regularly from all major cities. Overnight A/C tourist buses are available from Delhi (321 km), Indore (486 km), Agra (118 km) and Jaipur (350 km).
There are Hotels / Loges and Dharamshalas in the city to stay at the distance of 1-2 km .
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