Katyayani Shakti Peeth is also known as Uma Shakti Peeth Vrindavan is One of its
oldest surviving temples and one of the legendary 51 Shakti peeth from India.
It is located at Goda Vihar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.
Temple architecture is magnificent,
it is constructed by Yogiraj Swami Keshvanand Brahmachari in 1923. This temple
is supported with huge pillars and builds with black stone. We find white
marble all over the temple. Apart from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, we have
Lord Ganesh, Lord Surya and Lord Lakshmi Narayan.
This temple is mentioned in the sacred tantric book Rudrayamala, Lakshimidhara, Devi Bhagavatha Purana and Chandimangal. As per the
ancient texts this temple marks the fifth important Shakti peethas.
of the Katyayani Shakti Peeth:
According to the
Hindu mythology, Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place
where maa “Ringlets of hair ” fell down. Local people call the deity
with the name Uma – “She who has large eyes” and her concert,
Bhairava form of Lord Shiva is worshiped with the name Bhotesh.
that Gods have a holy bath at Manikarnika Ghat during 12 P.M. so after their bathwater turns holy. It is believed that the goddess will bless all her devotees who
worship with true heart and devotion. We find a goddess sword named Uchawal
Chandrahaas, people believe that girls who worship this sword during Navratri
will be blessed with desired bride or groom (Sri Krishna).
festival, during the month of Bhadrapada which comes during the month of
August, the third day is celebrated with the festival name “Kajali Tij” during
which devotees throng the temple and perform traditional rituals and
offerings. Apart from this on every Friday and full moon day, kumkum pooja is
offered to Sri Chakra installed by Adi Shankaracharya.
Usually, we find
two idols one is moola Virat and other is archaka idol in most of the temples,
similarly, we have archmurthy for which we perform all kinds of rituals and then
enter the temple (Gharbhalaya) to see Swayambhu form of Goddess.
Legend of Katyayani
As per the Hindu Scriptures, Srimad Bhagwat Puran, Vrindavan is the place used
where Lord Krishna used it as a playground during his childhood while cows were
grazing. Also, Gopis of Vrindavan used to worship Goddess Katyayani on the banks
of the Yamuna river to get the blessings of the goddess to have Lord Krishna as
Other places to visit are Govindji temple, Iskcon Vrindavan, Maa Vaishno Devi, Vrindavan Chandrodaya, Radha Vallabh, Prem Mandir, Shri Radha Damodar, Banke Bihari, Shri Ranganath Temple, etc.
How to reach Vishalakshi Temple:
Road: It is well connected with all the cities via NH2.
Air: At 84 Km, The nearest airport is Agra Airport. Alternate is Delhi Airport
which is at 165 Km.
Rail: It is 1 km from Vrindavan Railway Station, an alternate is Mathura which is 13km from the temple.