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Goddess Puruhutika – Hindu Goddess Puruhuthika Devi

Goddess Puruhutika is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and her abode is believed to be one among the Ashtadasa Peethas – 18 Shakti Peeth concept in South India. The popular belief is that the spot where left hand of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Puruhutika Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the current Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple at Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh.

Goddess Puruhutika gets her name after she was successfully propitiated by Indra, the Lord of Devas, to get rid of curse. Puru is one among the numerous names of Indra and Puruhutika means one who was worshipped of Indra.

Goddess Puruhutika is depicted has having four hands. The right hands hold Beeja (bag of seeds) and parashu (axe). The left hands hold lotus and a dish (Madhu Patra).
The Navratri festival during September/October is when the important ceremonies associated with the Goddess is held.