Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Sati - The wife of Shiva


Sati was one of the hundred daughters of Daksha and was hence also called Daakshayini. She married Lord Shiva against the will of her father. Much angered, Daksha conducted a great Yagna (sacrifice), where all the Gods but Lord Shiva were invited. Sati wanted to attend this Yagna, but Lord Shiva asked her not to go, as nothing but dishonor could result.

Ignoring her husband's advice, she went to the sacrifice anyway. There her father Daksha started insulting her. She stood that patiently, but could bear it no longer when he started abusing her husband. Unable to bear the humiliation, she committed suicide by immolating herself in the sacrificial altar.

When Shiva came to know of this, he invaded the sacrificial hall and killed Daksha by beheading him. (Daksha was later brought back to life by placing a goat's head on his torso.) Shiva was so grieved over his wife's death that he carried her lifeless body on his shoulders and started dancing his dance of destruction (Rudra-Thandava). Her body broke into one hundred and eight pieces. Where each piece fell, a shrine in her honor was raised. (This is the origin of the 108 Shakti Peedas). The story of Daksha's sacrifice can be found here.

Last Modified At: Thu Nov 4 00:37:47 2004