Distinguishing Features of the Shaktipeeth
It is the foundation of purity and selflessness and the healthy blend of the eternal truths in the ancient traditions in the modern world that distinguished Baba’s Shaktipeeth from other temples. That is also what fascinated his devotees and his “Matri-Parivar” as he called them, which grew at a phenomenal pace. The Shaktipeeth soon became a popular place of pilgrimage for the people. Indian and foreign visitors to Delhi started including Chhattarpur Mandir in their itinerary. The serene, clean and aesthetically pleasant campus of the Shaktipeeth attracts thousands of devotees and visitors everyday. On the days of full moon (Purnima), festivals and public holidays, the stream of visitors runs unbroken from morning till night. During the two Navratras, (10 days each) lakhs of people throng the elevating precincts of the Shaktipeeth each day.
The Shaktipeeth, home of the universal divine mother, welcomes you always irrespective of your religion, status or station in life just as you would be welcome in the home of your mother. Shree Adya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir located in Chhattarpur is the house of Goddess Katyayani which is Maa Durga’s Sixth Avtaar. Durga means the Devi who killed the demon /Rakshasa Mahishasur. In Hindu mythology, Durga or Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva, is depicted as ten armed. The Goddess, whose chief function is to destroy demons and Rakshasas or evil things has the Shakti of all the three Gods i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
This incarnation has the following story as the background. There was a Rishi named Katyayan who worshipped Durga devi and asked her for a boon that she be born as his daughter. Devi fulfilled the wish of the Rishi and was born as his daughter. In this Avtaar, she killed Mahishasur,the demon. She is depicted as golden complexioned and carrying various weapons in her hand for destruction of evil.
Devotion to her makes a man free from all troubles and worries. It gives him wealth, satisfaction of desires and finally moksha or liberation from the endless cycles of birth and death.