Danteshwari Temple – Dantewada
Danteshwari Temple :-
This is an old temple made by the rulers of Bastar for keeping their family God, Devi Danteshwari. She is the Goddess of whole Bastar district, both celebrated by Hindus as well as tribals. This temple is found near Bastar Palace and near to Gole Bazar. It is worth observing and happy to watch the temple during the famous Buster Dusshera festival season, decorated with colorful lights and lamps, where the main traditional functions of the festivals are being carried out.
Danteshwari Temple is the temple faithful to Goddess Danteshwari and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, memorials of Shakti, the spiritual lady, spread over India. The temple built in the 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South is built in Dantewada, a village located 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is described after the Goddess Danteshwari, the regulating god of the first Kakatiya rulers. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state.
The temple is as giving legends, the spot where the Daanth or Tooth of Sati fell, during the episode when all the Shakti memorials were built in the Satya Yuga. Every year through Dusshera thousands of tribals from circling villages and jungles gather here to give homage to the goddess, when her idol was taken out of that old Danteshwari temple and then got about the city in a beautiful procession, now a popular visitor attraction part of the ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival. There also a is an idea of lighting Jyoti Kalashas during Navaratri here.
Chalukya rulers were the dedicated devotees of Danteshwari. Whenever they came from Bastar to obtain a look of Goddess, a village was offered to the name of a goddess.