Lalita Devi Temple
At a distance of 3 km from Allahabad Railway Station, Lalita Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Situated in Meerapur, it is one of the revered Shaktipeethas in India, and among the must-visit places in Prayagraj.
Lalita Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Lalita Devi, who is a manifestation of Goddess Sati. The temple is considered as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in India, and among the three Shakipeeths present in Allahabad. It is believed that the right-hand finger of Sati had fallen here while Lord Shiva carrying her corpse. The Lalita Devi Shakti Peeth in Allahabad is particularly important and revered among the 51 Shakti Peethas because this goddess is worshiped by Maharishi Bharadwaj and possibly also by Rama. It is believed that the Pandavas visited the temple and offered prayers here.
The construction of the Lalita Devi temple is based on the Sri Yantra. The temple has been renovated several times and the last renovation was in the year 1987. In this temple, the presiding deity is worshipped in three forms - Ma Lalitha, Maa Saraswati, and Maha Kali. Inside the temple, there is a smaller shrine that houses a Shiva linga made of mercury. Besides, the temple has idols of Sankatmochan Hanuman, Shri Ram, Lakshmana, Sita, and Navagrahas. It is believed that after bathing in the holy confluence, the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled by worshiping in this Mahashaktipeeth.
Navratri is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety in this temple. A large number of people gather here to take the blessings from the Goddess. Apart from Navratri, there is a huge crowd of devotees during Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela.
Timings: 5 AM - 9 PM