Today in India’s ‘red’ corridor, a region stretching down the eastern, central and southern heart of India and prone to violent Maoist-Naxal insurgency, the town of Dantewada is steeped in history. It is home to the famous Danteshwari temple one of the most sacred sites for the people living across the region.
The Danteshwari temple is considered to be one of the 52 Shakti Peethas which are temples across India where goddesses are worshipped as incarnations of Shakti, the female force. According to Hindu mythology, after Sati, the first wife of Shiva, committed self-immolation in the yagna kund or sacred fire pit, angry at her father, Daksha (Son of Brahma), for insulting her husband, Shiva was distraught.
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