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Sati Shrines in Bundelkhand

Numerous sati stones (or shrines) are found across Bundelkhand, some of them bearing inscriptions of the date of immolation and the name of the woman and her husband.

Scores of these shrines are worshipped even today; 'sati maiya' is believed to grant wishes and protect husbands.

There are also numerous villages with names derived from 'sati': Satpara, Sataurha, Satrayee, Sataree, Satuniya, Satipura, Satariya

New shrines are also being built, as every few years, a woman commits sati.

  • In 1979, an Aahirwar woman from Tathera village in Mahoba district reportedly committed sati.
  • Another sati followed in 1984 in Jari village of Banda district.
  • In 1994, Pawan Devi tried to commit sati in Chodhry Mohalla in Banda.  She was rescued by the police after she jumped onto her husband's funeral pyre.
  • In 1999, Charan in Satpura village of Mahoba district is said to have committed sati.
  • In 2002, Kattubayee from the Nayee community committed sati in Patna Tamoli, Panna district. The district has five recently built sati temples.
  • In 2005, Ramkumari, a Brahmin woman from Banudarhi village in Banda district, reportedly committed sati. However, the administration said it was a case of suicide.

 

 

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