Ashtadasa Peetha Sthothram

Maha Shakti Durgar

Aum Hiam Hreem Shreem Shree Mathre Namah

Ashtadasa Peetha Sthothram lists the 18 major Shakti Peethas which are located in various pats of India. They are said to be the 16 sacred places where the bodily parts of Sati, the consort of Shiva, were scattered after her self-immolation.

The following is Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


ashtadasa peettha sthothram

lankaayaam shaankaree devee
kaamaakshe kanchikaa puree
pradyumne shrungalaa devee
chaamunde kramancha pattane
aalampuree jogulaamba
shreesaile bhramarambikaa
kolhaapuree maha lakshmee
mahurye ekaveerikaa
ujjainyaam mahamkaalee
peettikayaam puruhuuthikaa
odyaayaam girijaa devee
maanikye draaksha vaatikaa
harikshetre kaam ruupee
prayaage maadhaveshvaree
jwaalaayaam vaishnavee devee
gayaa mangalya gaurika
vaaranaashi vishaalaakshi
kashmeerethu saraswathee

ashtaadasha peettaani yoginaamathi durlabham
saayamkaalam paten nithyam sarva shatru vinaashanam
sarva divyaharam rogam sarva sampathkaram shubham


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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.