Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi Temple is a holy temple located at a hill top, Neel Parvat near Haridwar. Goddess Chandi is the presiding diety of the temple and believed to be a Siddh Peeth where desires get fulfilled. Located at 4 km from Haridwar, main idol in Chandi Devi temple was believed to be established by great saint Adi Shankaracharya in 8th AD. Present structure was constructed by King of Kashmir Suchan Singh. Along with Maya Devi and Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi completes the trio of Siddhpeeth.
Chandi Devi Temple Myths & Legends
As per mythology, two demons Shumbh - Nishumbh captured the kingdom of Lord Indra. Attracted by the beauty of Goddess Parvati, demon Shumbh wished to marry her. After got refused, Shumbh send his two chiefs Chand - Mund to fight with Goddess Parvati. The Goddess created Chandika, a powerful goddess to slain demons. Chandika Devi killed Chand Mund and then Shumbh Nishumbh. All battle took place on Neel Parvat, so a Chandi Devi temple was built on that place.
Chandi Devi temple is located at an height of 2900 mtrs and remain open from 6 am to 8 pm.
How To Reach Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi Temple is located at Neel Parvat and can be reach by either 4 km steep trek from Haridwar or by Ropeway also known as Chandi Devi Udankhatola. Nearest railway station to reach Chandi Devi Temple is Haridwar railway station (4 km) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (37 kms).