lordess Madhaveswari devi
Madhaveswari is one of the 18 Shaktippethas. She is also
called as Alopi mata / Lalita. Body part fell in this place:
Hastanguli (Hand fingers).
Bhairava of the Shakti peeth: Bhava. Shakti: Lalitha
madhaveshvari mangalye prayagasthalavasini /
triveni sangame tire bhuktimukti pradayini //
Prayaga means Prakrishta Yaga, that means it is the place
where Lord Brahma did a very great Yaga. Hence its name
became Prayaga. Prayaga is considered as one of the Sapta
mokshapuras. This place is also called as Theertharaj, that
means king of all theerthas.
mainly three stories about the word Alopi. They are,
1)Alopi means the one who disappeared. After Sati dahana and
Dhaksha Yagna destruction, Lord Siva disturbed mentally and
lifted Satideviís body and roaming without any destination.
Lord Vishnu cut Sati devi body parts by using Sudarshana
Chakra. Every place, where Satideviís body part fell, became
a Shaktipeeth. Prayaga is the last place, where last part of
Sati deviís body fell on ground. Here Sati devi body became
disappeared, hence the name Alopi.
2)There are some other stories about Alopi mata. In every
temple, at least one idol or one symbol will be there for
worshipping the goddess. But here, there is no idol or
symbol. We have to imagine the goddess present on a wooden
jhula. Hence the name Alopi.
3)According to a local story, Alopi mata is a newly married
bride. She disappeared from pallaki, when robbers attącked
the marriage troop. As the bride disappeared as a miracle,
she is worshipped as Alopi mata.