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Chandi Devi Temple

Among all the mythological sites in Haridwar, the temple of Chandi Devi holds much significance. The temple occupies a position on the top of Neel Parvat. Constructed in the year 1929 by the King of Kashmir Suchat Singh, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi, after whom it is named. River Ganges flowing just by the site adds much to the overall appearance of Chandi Devi. The temple has the privilege of being counted among the popular Shaktipeethas (Hindu sites of special mythological significance) in the Northern India. Due to the belief that whoever pays a visit to the temple gets his/ her wishes fulfilled by the blessings of Goddess Chandi Devi, the temple is considered as Siddhapitha. This belief makes the temple of Chandi Devi all the more popular among tourists, both from India and abroad.

Chandi Devi Temple

Almost every temple in India has some legends associated with it. According to Hindu mythology, the kingdom over which Lord Indra reigned was taken over by two demon kings named Shumbh and Nishumbh. These demons had begun to throw away gods from heaven. It was therefore time to create a powerful goddess. Finally, from the cells of goddess Parvati was created a goddess - Chandika Devi. Since the goddess was very beautiful, demon king Shumbh wished to marry her but was refused. This denial led to an enraged combat. The goddess first killed Chand Munda, the demon's army chief and then were slain the demon kings Shumbh and Nishumbh. Since the battle took place on the Neel Parvat, the temple is a tribute to the whole incident.

Though it is a wonderful experience to trek up to the temple, visitors also have the option of using the ropeway to reach there. If you enjoy steep climbs, you will take 45 minutes to reach the temple of Chandi Devi in Haridwar. However, you can cut the travelling time short as you choose the ropeway; reaching the temple by ropeway takes up just 5-10 minutes. The image installed at the temple is very ancient. The idol of the goddess is believed to be put up here around 8th century AD, by Adi Shankaracharya.