History of Vindhyachal

Vindhyachal place and Goddess Vindhyavasini are mentioned in many ancient scriptures of India. Some of these main scriptures are the Mahabharata, Vamana Purana, Markandeya Purana, Matsya Purana, Devi Bhagavata, Harivansh Purana, Skanda Purana, Raja Tarangini, Brihat Katha, Kadambari, and many Tantra scriptures. Goddess Vindhyavasini has special importance in these scriptures.

The very famous battle between Goddess Durga and the demon king Mahishasura took place in Vindhyachal. This war has spiritual, metaphysical and contemporary significance. This event is considered extremely important in the Vindhyachal region. Goddess Vindhyavasini is known as the heroic form of Mount Akshaya and is also known as the mother goddess who killed Mahishasura.

So, when you see the idol of Goddess Durga killing Mahishasura during Durga Puja or anywhere else, remember that this great battle took place in Vindhyachal. The temples of Vindhyachal remind us of this great victory of the divine feminine power over the evil forces of society.

During his exile, Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana visited this place and the surrounding areas. Sita Kund, Sita Rasoi (Kitchen), Ram Gaya Ghat, Rameshwar Temple, and other sites bear witness to the visit of this great hero of humanity to this divine place.

In ancient times, the region of Vindhyachal was covered with thousands of temples and religious places. However, many temples were razed to the ground during the reign of the fanatical Muslim emperor Aurangzeb.

‘ Vindhyachal ‘ ( Vindhya + Achal) means ‘ mountain named Vindhya (immovable) ‘ and ‘ Vindhyavasini ‘ means ‘ goddess who resides in Vindhya Mountain ‘.

The Vindhyachal region is characterized by the fact that it is the only place where the ‘ Devi ‘ is worshipped according to the principles of the ‘ Vama Marga ‘ as well as the ‘ Dakshina Marga ‘ of the ‘ Shakti ‘ cult. It is an important site in which the goddess appears in her three forms, Lakshmi, Kali, and Saraswati, in the ‘ Shakti ‘ pantheon of Hinduism, and the place is of great spiritual significance along with specific temples for these three forms.

Interestingly, the standard timeline of India passes through the statue of Goddess Vindhyavasini ‘.

Interestingly, Current Indian Standard TimeLine, which decides time zone of whole India, passes through idol of Goddess ‘Vindhyavasini’.