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Please don't get offended and i'm just curious. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Sati self immolated in Swayamabhuva Manvanatara of Pitri Kalpa. She was born again as Parvathi Devi at beginning of current Vaishvara Manvantara of Swetha Varaha Kalpa. When Lord Rudra was carrying her body, Lord Narayana used His Sudarshana Chakra which cut Her body into different parts and these organs had fallen in different locations on Earth and these places are called as Shakti Peeths.

But at the end of Kalpa, Rudra destroys Earth. But i'm not sure about transition times of Pitri Kalpa and Swetha Varaha Kalpa, as Lord Vishnu's Avatar Varaha rescued Earth from demon Hiranyaksha who hid Earth in waters. So, i think Earth was not destroyed by Rudra at end of Pitri Kalpa. Still people worship the Shakti Peets of Previous Kalpa where Goddess organs are well preserved and worshipped with high veneration. So, my questions are

  • Was Earth destroyed at end of previous Kalpa? If Yes, how Goddess organs were preserved during Pralaya?
  • Generally, what happens to Idols in various temples at the end of Kalpa? I think temples are built only in Kali Yuga. Is this true?
  • There's a legend for Holy City of Kashi where it will be not be destroyed even at at end of Kalpa. So, is there any story for these Shaktipeets in particular and other temples in general?
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    Yeah, temples for the most part are built in the Kali Yuga; in other Yugas other forms of worship are more common. A Pralaya would certainly destroy man-made statues, but I'm not sure what happens to Swayambhu statues. – Keshav Srinivasan Apr 3 '16 at 18:48
  • You know I am not entirely sure of the Pitri Kalpa being the Kalpa when Sati immolated herself because that places a huge amount of time and several things which are said to have occurred in Varaha Kalpa cannot occur otherwise. – Surya May 10 '16 at 11:42
  • @Surya Yeah. This contradicts some events. But I think all Swayambhuva Temples and some places such as Prayag, Kasi are not destroyed at end of Kalpa (mentioned in Skanda Purana). I need to check references for Shakti Peeths. – The Destroyer May 10 '16 at 12:37
  • I went through the Skanda Purana excerpt. Though it implies that Daksha's was formerly born in Pitri Kalpa it doesn't say that Sati immolated herself in pitri Kalpa. – Surya May 10 '16 at 13:18
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    @Surya Only two things could be logical now. One, Kalpa bedha and another, Sagara Madhanam should happen twice. But i feel, as marriage of Rudra (one of thrimurtis and creation gets completed only after Rudra marries Sati and Brahma worked hard to make this possible as creation is his job) is an important event, it must happen the same way with no changes in various Kalpas. Even crow, which saw past, says the same. With this logic, we should believe what majority of Puranas say on this and at the same time we can't neglect Skanda Purana which is a Shaiva Purana. – The Destroyer May 10 '16 at 16:39

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