The Tale Of 'Shakti Peeth'
When King Dakhsha insulted Shiva in front of Sati, Sati became furious. Sati wanted to discard the body which became tainted with insults hurled at her husband by her father. Sati, the incarnation of Adi shakti, immolated herself in deep anguish.
Having heard of his beloved wife's death, a disoriented Shiva, the lord of destruction, reached the site of sati's death. Seething with anger he tore off his hair which gave birth to Veerbhadra. Veerbhadra set off to destroy King Daksha while a grief stricken Shiva carried sati's body on his shoulder and started the dance of destruction-Tandav. Shiva's Tandav started wreaking havoc all around and the universe was on the verge of complete annihilation. Lord Vishnu, the preserver, therefore, used his sudarshan chakra to cut off sati's body into 51 pieces to free Shiva of the bond. The 51 pieces fell at different places on earth. These places came to be known as 'Shakti Peeths' and it is believed that Devi Adishakti resides in these peeths. Shiva,took the form of Bhairav and started guarding these Shakti peeths.
Kankalitala Shaktipeeth, Birbhum, West Bengal
'Kankal' pronounced as 'Kakal' refers to the waist. It is believed that the waist of sati fell in Birbhum district of West Bengal and formed a deep depression. This depression filled up with water and thus a pond (or a kund) was formed.Sati's waist remained submerged in the waters of the Kund.