Danteshwari Temple

This temple is a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil and dedicated to one of the oldest shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine. The location is 19°5’29″N 82°1’19″E. Goddess Danteshwari is worshipped there,she is the Kuldevi of Bastar state. The temple is a fine architectural building and a spacious one. This beautiful monument was built by the Chalukyas of the South. It is built named after the Goddess Danteshwari. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state. Goddess Danteshwari is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas spread whole across India. The temple was built in the 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South. It is situated in Dantewada, a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. The city is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers.

According to the legends the temple is situated at the spot where the Tooth of Sati fell.It all happened at the time when all the Shakti shrines were created in the Satya Yuga. During the ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival, every year thousands of people gather to visit the temple. They actively took part in the procession.During Navaratris, the tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalashas is also practised.


Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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