Alopi Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and is one among the 51 Shaktipeetahs. The legend of the Goddess is associated with the death of Sati at the yajgna conducted by Daksha and the subsequent anger of Shiva and his roaming with the body of Sati and Vishnu then cutting the body using his Sudharshana Chakra to save the universe. The temple dedicated to Alopi Devi is located at Prayag (
) in Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad
Alopi Devi is also popularly known as Goddess Madhaveswari.
The popular belief is that the fingers of the hands of Goddess Sati fell at the spot where the
stands. It must be noted that Goddess Alopi temple is also part of the Ashta Das Shaktipeetah concept more famous in Alopi Devi Temple South India and propagated through the Ashtadasa Shaktipeetaha Stotra of Adi Shankara.
Alopi means disappeared. The Goddess gets the name Alopi because of the belief that the last part of Goddess Sati’s body fell here and disappeared. Hence this is the last spot from where Goddess Sati disappeared from earth and it is considered highly auspicious.
, Goddess Alopi Devi is depicted as a Dholi placed atop a marble stone. Alopi Temple
Another popular shrine dedicated to the Goddess is located at Alopi Bagh west of Daraganj in
in Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad