Chandi Devi Temple


The beautiful Chandi Devi Temple was constructed by Suchat Singh in the year 1929 in his reign as the king of Kashmir. It is believed that the main murti of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. As per the mythology years ago the demon king, Shumbha and Nishumbha captured the kingdom of the god-king of Heaven- Indra and thrown the gods from heaven. After the prayers by the gods, a goddess emerged from Parvati. Shumbha amazed by the beauty of her, desire to marry her. 

The goddess refused his desire and due to which Shumba send his demon chief Chanda and Munda to kill her, but got killed by goddess Chamunda originated out of Chandika’s anger. Thereafter Chanidka is believed to have rested for a short while at the top of Neel Parvat and thus later a temple was constructed here to testify the legend. There are two peaks located in the mountains range- Shumbha and Nishumbha. 

The holy Chandi Devi temple is nestled at a hilltop, Neel Parvat near Haridwar. Goddess Chandi is the presiding deity of the temple and is believed to be a Siddh Peeth where the desires of the pilgrims get fulfilled. It was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. It is one of the most ancient temples of north India. 

The temple opens in the morning time at 6 am and closes at 8 pm. One can find a pond beside the temple which has medicinal values and where the pilgrims take a dip. A small hike from a bridge of Haridwar- Nazibabad road leads to this beautiful temple. One can even reach by a ropeway that is also known as Chandi Devi Udankhatola. The nearest railway station is almost 4kms away and the airport, Jolly Grant airport is 37kms away. The perfect time to visit this temple is between February to October when the weather is salubrious. 

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