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Call of the Mystic: Devi Temples you must visit in Uttarakhand

Soak in the mystical aura of the celestial Devi temples perched in the Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Bathe in the sanctity of the highly revered Devi temples of Uttarakhand which have existed here since time immemorial. Know the legend and mythological tales behind the famous Devi temples in Uttarakhand and plan a rewarding pilgrimage to these must visit holy sites in Uttarakhand.

Call of the Mystic: Devi Temples you must visit in Uttarakhand

Src: Photo of Kalimath Temple in Rudraprayag district by Nidhi Chauhan

Devi Temples in Garhwal

Chandrabadni Temple in Tehri

Perched high in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Chandrabadni temple taking its seat at 2,277 metres in Tehri is dedicated to Goddess Sati who is worshipped as Chandrabadni Mata here. This sacred temple is located about 33 km from Devprayag and around 45 km from Srinagar. Many religious theories suggest that when Shiva was carrying the charred body of Sati to Kailash, her torso fell here and one can still see her weapons scattered all around the temple complex.

Hariyali Devi Temple in Rudraprayag

Revered as a Siddha Peeth, the Hariyali Devi Temple on the main Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag route is a centre of faith for many Hindu devotees. The deity is infamous as ‘Shitla Mata’ in the nearby villages and sees a lot of visitors during Janmashtami and Deepawali festival. The centre of attraction of this temple is the mammoth idol of Hariyali Devi that is shown seated on a lion.

Surkanda Devi Temple in Dhanaulti

Cradled on the majestic Mount Surkut at 3,030 metres, the Surkanda Devi Temple near Kaddukhal is located about 40 km from Mussoorie and 24 km from Chamba. Formerly known as ‘Sirkhinda’, the Surkanda Devi temple is built on the site where Sati’s head fell when Lord Shiva was carrying her scalded body to mount Kailash.

Kalimath Temple in Rudraprayag

Bedecked on the serene banks of Saraswati River, the Kalimath Temple at 1,800 metres is one of the 108 Shakti Peeths in India. The legends have it, that Kali Mata after annihilating the demon Raktbeej went underneath the earth at this very site. While another legend suggests that the lower part of Goddess Kali is worshipped at Kalimathia Temple while the upper part is worshipped at Dhari Devi. The temple can be easily accessed as it is located near Kedarnath Dham and is only 20 km away from Ukhimath.

Dhari Devi Temple in Pauri

Nestled on the pristine banks of Alaknanda river, the Dhari Devi temple at Kaliyasaur in Srinagar Pauri is one of the 108 Shakti Peeths which according to the locals changes its appearance during the day from a girl to a woman and finally into an old lady. The temple houses the upper part of the deity while the lower part is worshipped at Kalimath temple in Rudraparayag district. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Dhari Devi Temple on Badrinath road was relocated from the 20-metre high rock to a man-made structure in 2013.

Call of the Mystic: Devi Temples you must visit in Uttarakhand

Src: Photo of Nanda Devi Temple in Almora by Rajesh Chaunsali

Devi Temples in Kumaon

Naina Devi Temple in Nainital

One of the famous Devi temples of Kumaon, the Naina Devi temple idyllically situated near the glittering Naini Lake of Nainital is a popular Shakti Peeth. The temple houses an effigy of Goddess Nanda represented by two eyes associated with Goddess Sati whose eyes fell in the lake. The temple is situated atop a verdant hill and observes an annual statue immersion ceremony called ‘Bhadrapad Shukla Ashtami’ in the month of September.

Mata Purnagiri Temple in Champawat

Enwreathed by the mystic hills, the Purnagiri temple also hailed as ‘Punyagiri’ is one of the 108 Siddha Peeths in India. Situated about 20 km from Tanakpur and around 92 km from Champawat, the Mata Purnagiri Temple is thronged by thousands of devotees in Chaitra (between March-April). The devotees having unwavering faith in the goddess tie a thread here to fulfill their wishes and return to untie it when their wishes are granted.

Nanda Devi temple in Almora

The ancient Nanda Devi temple in Almora is dedicated to Goddess Nanda, the incarnation of Durga Mata and the patron goddess of Chand Dynasty. The deity is worshipped as the daughter of Kumaoni people and protects the denizens from the evil. Once in every twelve years, the Nanda Devi temple hosts the Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra which is followed by a grand procession.

Dunagiri Temple in Almora

Nicknamed as Dronagiri, the Dunagiri temple adorned in the Dwarahat block of Almora finds its mention in many mythological tales. Dedicated to Vaishno Devi, the Dunagiri Temple is a small pilgrimage destination which is considered as the second most pious Vaishnavi Devi temple after the primeval Vaishno Devi temple of Jammu & Kashmir. The temple is known as ‘Mangalikhan’ among the locals and attracts many devotees during Chait and Ashwin months of Navratras.