Sankata Devi is known in Kashi (Varanasi) as one of the most powerful temples in the entire city. Sankata Ji as she is called, is located high above the Sankata Ghat in the labyrinthine lanes of the city. Sankata Devi means "Goddess of Dangers", for she is the one who vanquishes dangers for her devotees. Sankata Devi was originally a Matrika, one of the mothers. In Puranic Stories she is called Vikat Matrika, the "Fierce Mother". Sankata Devi is a self-manifested goddess and has ten hands. Maa Sankata is also known as " Sankat Nashini " or the one who cure all the problems . It is said that after Sati Mata's death Lord Shiva worshiped Sankata Devi and devi who is non other than Shakti herself blessed him to be born again as his wife as Parvati . It is also believed that Pandavas also worshiped Mother Sankata here and Devi fulfilled their wishes. The problem for prosperity, problem in one’s business, problem in romance or relating to other aspect of life. Hear those eight names of her , who fulfills all desires,Remover of dangers is her first name, Victorious Goddess is her second name, Fulfiller of all desires is her third name,Destroyer of sorrows is her fourth name, She who is everything is her fifth name, Daughter of Kathyayana is her sixth name, Goddess with very large eyes is her seventh name, She who cures all diseases is her eighth name.
He who reads these holy names with faith, at the times of dawn. Noon and dusk , Or he who gets them read would never suffer dangers.
ध्यायेSहं परमेश्वरीम् दशभुजां नेत्रत्रयोद् भासिताम्
सद्य: सङ्कटतारिणीम् गुणमयीमारक्तवर्णाम् शुभाम् ।
अक्षस्स्रग्जलपूर्णकुम्कमलं शङ्खं गदां विभ्रतीम्
त्रैशल डमरुञ्य खड्गविधृतां चक्राभयाद्यां पराम् ॥१॥
सङ्कटा प्रथम नाम द्वितीयं विजया तथा ।
तृतीय कामदा प्रोक्तं चतुर्थम् दु:खहारिणी ॥२॥
सर्वाणी पञ्चमं नाम षष्ठं कात्यायनी तथा ।
सप्तम भीमनयना सर्वरोगहताष्टमम् ॥३॥
नामाष्टकमिद पुण्यं त्रिसन्ध्य श्रद्धयान्वित: ।
य: पठेत् पाठयेद्वापि नरो मुच्येत सङ्कटात् ॥४॥
॥इति श्री सङ्कटास्तोत्र: सम्पूर्ण ॥
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