Dantewada gets its name from The Danteshwari Temple which is an important pilgrimage center in the town. This is considered to be one of the 52 Shakti Peeths in the country. The temple is devoted the worship of Goddess Danteshwari, who is said to be an incarnation of Shakti, the divine feminine.
The 600 year old temple was built in the 14th century by the rulers of the Chalukya Dynasty. It has been constructed in the South-Indian temple style of architecture. Located at the confluence of the holy rivers of Shankini and Dhankini, the temple sees many devotees throughout the year. The ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival takes place every year during Dussehra, which is a popular tourist attraction.