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Daksheswara Mahadev Temple

About Daksheswara Mahadev Temple:

Daksheswar Mahadev or Daksha Mahadev temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the town of Kankhal, about 4 km from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Daksheshwara Mahadev temple is one of the most revered temples of the state of Uttarakhand, India. This one of the most ancient temples of India is dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva. The devotees of Lord Shiva particularly during the month of Saavan visit the temple in large numbers to get a glimpse of their favourite Lord. This temple in Uttarakhand in Kankhal, Harydwar has been named after Daksha who was a king and the father of Sati. The temple was built in 1810 AD by the queen Dankor and was later on reconstructed in the year 1962.

After all this, Lord Shiva said that, he would be present here at Kankhal every year during the time of Saavan and so a temple named Daksheswar Mahadeva was built at the site of the yagna. It is believed that, the yagna Kund where Sati went into the fire is still located at the same place. Devotees from different parts of the country come here to worship lord shiva and they also take holy dip into the Great River Ganga. The Hindu scripture, Vayu-Purana has the mention of the Yagna that king Daksha had organized.

History of Daksheswara Mahadev Temple:

According to the legend, Sati's father Daksha Prajapati performed a yagna, at this exact place, but did not invite Lord Shiva, Sati's husband Sati insulted by his father's behavior and went on sacrificed her life in the fire of the yagna. It is named after Daksha, father of Shiv's wife Sati and one of the creator deities. A rather significant site in Haridwar for Shaivite devotees, the temple gets thronged on Maha Shivaratri. The structure is a typical Hindu temple and is painted white on exteriors. According to the legend, Sati's father Daksha Prajapati performed a yagna, at this exact place, but did not invite Lord Shiva, Sati's husband. Sati insulted by her father's behavior and went on sacrificed her life by jumping in the fire of the yagna. The Yagna Kund is still present in the temple premises and is worshipped along with the other idols.

It is said that King Daksha after whome the temple had been named was born to Lord Brahma and was Sati’s father. Sati is believed to be the first wife of Lord Shiva (Indian god) and her father Daksha had once organized a Yagna at the place where the temple had been built, he invited all the deities there but he did not invite Lord Shiva. Upon which Sati felt a sense of insult for her husband and out of rage she jumped into the Agni Kund and she died. When Lord Shiva came to know about the death of Sati, he became very furious and called for a war by sending his disciples, Bhadrakali, Veerbhdra and Ganas to the site. During the war, king Daksha’s head was cut by Veerbhadra, but upon request from all the deities to forgive him, Lord Shiva restored his life by adding the head of a goat in the body of king Daksha and the king also realised his mistake.

After all this, Lord Shiva said that, he would be present here at Kankhal every year during the time of Saavan and so a temple named Daksheswar Mahadeva was built at the site of the yagna. It is believed that, the yagna Kund where Sati went into the fire is still located at the same place. Devotees from different parts of the country come here to worship lord shiva and they also take holy dip into the Great River Ganga. The Hindu scripture, Vayu-Purana has the mention of the Yagna that king Daksha had organized.

After the body of the king Daksha was restored, Lord Shiva out of grief took the body of his beloved and wandered across the universe. It is believed that Lord Vishnu in order to separate Lord Shiva from the grief and separate him from the dead body of Sati, shopped off her body. All the places where the parts of the body of Sati feel became Shakti Peeths and people started celebrating those places.

Best Time to Visit:

March to April and September to October are considered as the best time to visit Daksheswara Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand. The state has wonderful weather all through the year. Trekking, Paragliding and The Char Dham Yatra are the most popular activities during Summer, which is also the Peak Season in Uttarakhand.

Features:

The Shiv Lingam is situated in the middle of the temple complex. The temple gets filled by a large number of devotees in August, the holy month of Sawan-the month of Lord Shiva according to the Hindu calendar. Daksheswara Mahadeva temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Hindu mythology which has been dedicated to Lord Shiva. Daksha, in the Hindu mythology has been considered as the minder of life. The temple is not that old but the place where the yagna was conducted is there from the ancient time. The temple is more revered for it is considered to be one of the five holy places of Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Just next to the temple is located the Das Mahavidya temple which is dedicated to Mahavidyas. At the temple the phallic form of Lord Shiva has been installed and flocks of devotees visit the temple to take a glimpse of Lord Shiva during Saavan in the month of August. On the day of Maha Shivarathri which is celebrated for being the marriage day of Shakti and Lord Shiva, various rituals are performed by the pilgrims here at the temple. People also visit Nileshawar Mahadeva temple and Daksha Ghat which is present near the Daksheswara Mahadeva.

Timing for Darshan at Daksheswara Mahadev Temple:

Daksheswara Mahadev Temple open at 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Location:

Located in the town of Kankhal, about 4 km from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India.

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