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Sati Anusuya Temple in Chitrakoot Uttar Pradesh

Here is Some Information about Sati Anusuya Temple in Chitrakoot Uttar Pradesh India.

Location:  Chiyrakoot,Uttar Pradesh
Built in:1829
Built By:Lord William Bentick
Dedicated to: Goddess Sati Ansuya
Entry: Free
Temple Timing: 6:00 Am to 10:00 Pm
Significance: One of the most temple
Visiting Timing:30 Mins
Best time to Visit:All time
Nearest Railway Station:Chitrakoot Dham Karvi
Nearest Air Port: Khajuraho

About Sati Anusuya Temple

Sati Ansuya temple is dedicated to a woman called Anusuya, who lived during Lord Rama's time. In more recent times, sati was a rite whereby a widow immolated herself on the pyre of her dead husband. This practice was legally abolished by Lord William Bentick in 1829, and is now a criminal offense. Literally speaking, sati is an exemplary woman. Sati Anusuya was completely loyal, faithful and dedicated to her husband, the great sage, Atri. Nonetheless, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, (Creator, Preserver and Destroyer of the Universe) themselves were greatly attracted by her divine charms. This enraged Anusuya to such an extent that she transformed them into infants. 
This explains why the Hindu Holy Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, appeared in the form of infants, in Chitrakoot. In the temple are also enshrined idols of the sages Durvasa and Atri, along with those of Anusuya's son, Dattatreya, and, Chandrama, or the moon-god.

History of Sati Anusuya

Anusuya was the very loving and devoted wife of Rishi Atri. Impressed by her loyalty, sage Narad showered her with praises. This made the wives of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar very jealous. They wanted to harm her and hit upon a plan. They asked their husbands to go and break her purity. In the absence of her husband all of them went to her and asked her to serve them food without putting on any clothes. On hearing this she sprinkled water on them and converted them to babies. In the mean time the wives of these gods were waiting for them. The wives came and saw what had happened. They felt sorry for their vicious planning. The gods were then born to her as her sons Soma, Dattatreya and Durvas.
There is yet another story associated with her. Chitrakoot did not receive rain for several years. This led to a famine. Sati Anusuya prayed hard and the power of her prayers brought the river Mandakini down to the earth. Then there was greenery all around. The human beings and animals were also relieved.
Ram and Sita are also said to have visited Sati Anusuya and she narrated to Sita the importance of loyalty to one's husband.

Sati Anusuya Temple Festival

The Sati Anusuya Temple festival is celebrated every year during the month of December. Dattareya Jayanti is main cause of celebrations. A fair is organized on this occasion and individuals from all over gather at the temple to celebrate and be part of the festivities. From this holy sanctum there is a path that goes to one of the Kedarons or Kedar Rudranath. This is the main attraction point for tourists and pilgrims alike.

How to Reach  Sati Anusuya Temple  

By Road:  The road is curved and undulating and passes through dense forests. 

By Rail:The Nearest Railway station is C.hitrakoot Station

By Air: The nearest Airport is Khajuraho.

Picture Gellery of Sati Anusuya Temple  

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