By Shivani Kapoor - September 28, 2022
14 minutes agoWriters: Ashish Urmalia
Chitrakoot is known for the footprints of Lord Rama. He is usually worshipped. However, there is also a Devi temple here, where Lord Rama himself used to go to worship every day. This temple belongs to their Kul Devi, also known as Van Devi. It is believed that at the time of Bharat Milap, Mata Kaushalya had established them to protect Sita-Rama and Lakshmana.
We reached the 52nd Shakti Peeth Van Devi Temple on Hanuman Dhara Road in Chitrakoot. After seeing the mother, know the mythological belief and story of the goddess from the Mahant here.
Come, let’s take you there too…
Darshan of Maa Shivani after morning aarti.
Mother Sati’s right breast had fallen at this place.
Ram Kishore Chaturvedi, the chief priest of the Van Devi temple, said, “This place of Mother is thousands of years old. When Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu cut the body of Mother Sati into 52 pieces. Then his body parts fell at different places. Those places are called Shakti Peeths. All the Shakti Peethas have their own importance and special recognition. Mother Sati is seated there directly.
Priest Ram Kishore ji further says, “According to Devi Purana and Tantra Chudamani, the right breastbone of the mother fell at this place. This was the 52nd and last limb of the mother to fall on the earth. Bhairav Baba is also seated here along with the mother.
A grand Ram temple is also built in the temple premises of Mata Shivani. It is believed that Mata Kaushalya stayed at this place when she came to Chitrakoot.
Goddess Kaushalya had established the Goddess to protect Rama
During Rama’s exile, Bharat along with his mother Kaushalya also came to Chitrakoot. When Ram did not agree to go back to Ayodhya, Mata Kaushalya also insisted on staying with him in Chitrakoot. Ram somehow persuaded them to go back. Then Mata Kaushalya went here to protect Sita-Rama and Lakshmana after establishing her family deity.
Sita-Ram’s monolithic sankirtana going on in the court for 47 years
Since 1975 in the court of Goddess Van Devi, the name Sita-Ram is being chanted continuously. It is believed that whoever comes to the temple of Mother Van Devi and chants the name Sita-Ram, his wish is fulfilled.
There is a special worship of Maa Shivani Devi on Navratri. The head priest said, “There is always a crowd of devotees in the court of the mother. Countless devotees come to see the mother on Navratri.
These sadhus have been chanting the name Sita-Ram continuously for the last 30 years here.
Shri Ram used to worship his mother every day, also mentioned in Tulsikrit Ramayana
Van Devi is also known as Shivani Devi. During the exile, Ram used to go to worship Shivani Devi located on Hanuman Dhara Road every day. The priest said, there is a mention of the mother in the Ayodhya case of Tulsikrit Ramayana.
Quadruple is: Vanadevi Vandev Udara. Please consider your father-in-law’s father-in-law.
Meaning: Sita ji tells Ram ji that only Vanadevi and Vandev will be my father-in-law in Chitrakoot, and they will take care of us like mother-in-law.