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The Chandi Devi temple
City: Haridwar State: Uttaranchal Country: India
The temple of Chandi Devi is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga and was constructed in 1929 AD by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh. Legend has it that Chanda-Munda the army chief of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi. Chandi Devi Temple is now accessible by a ropeway also, which starts near Gauri Shanker Temple.Chandidevi temple is one of the popular shaktipeethas in North India. It is also called siddhapitha as it is believed that the Goddess Chandi fulfills the wishes of her devotees. The pilgrims can visit the temple by the ropeway in around 5 minutes while the steep climb by steps takes over 45 minutes. The main image at Chandidevi temple is said to have been installed by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century A.D. Chandi Devi temple is one of the most ancient temples of north India. According to Hindu mythology the ancient kingdom of Lord Indra was captured by two demons called Shumbh and Nishumbh who had thrown the Gods from the heaven. Prayers of the gods were heard Chandika Devi, a powerful Goddess was formed from the cells of Goddess Parvathi. She was a beautiful and dynamic Goddess and demon King Shumbh wished to marry her. The distance from Haridwar to the temple is about 6 kms and the there is an option of trekking uphill for the last three 3 kms or taking the cable car. There is an interesting story behind this temple. Legend has it that two demon kings Shumbha and Nishumbha waged a war against Lord Indra and captured his kingdom. Then they threw all the Gods out of heaven and started to make merry. Taking pity on the God's plight, Goddess Parvati took the form of Chandi Devi to slaughter the demon kings and return the kingdom to Indra. The Goddess Chanda Devi is believed to have rested on this very hill top for a while. Hence the temple was built on that sacred spot to commemorate her. The main idol of Goddess Chanda Devi is said to have been established in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple is known as one of the Siddha Peethas where one's wishes are fulfilled and every year, millions of devotees make their way to seek the blessings of Chanda Devi.
Climate | When to Visit
Haridwar is situated at a height of almost 300 meters above sea level and the temperature usually hovers around 40°C during summers. Winters see the mercury dipping to as low as 6°C. The best season to visit Haridwar is between October and March during winter.
Visit during: October to March
Directions | How to Reach
By Air: Nearest airport for Haridwar is Jolly Grant at Dehradun (41 kms)By Rail: Connected with major cities of India- Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ujjain, Amritser, Dehradun, Lucknow, etc.By Road: Hardwar lies on N. H. 45 and is connected to all major cities. Delhi (214 kms), Agra (386 kms) Ambala (168 kms), Badrinath (325 kms), Dehradun (52 kms), Kedarnath (250 kms), Saharanpur (81 kms), Nainital (286 kms)
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