Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar

About Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar
Vital Information for Visitors

Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

Open & Close:

Open on all days


08:00 AM -06:00 PM

Closure Time:

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Entry Fees:

No entry fee


3-4 Hours


One of the Panch Teerthas & three Siddha Peethas

Chandi Devi Temple, dedicated to one of the furious forms of Goddess Parvati (Chandi Devi), is a very famous Hindu temple in Haridwar. Haridwar, a pilgrimage and one of the most sacred seven cities for the Hindus, is located in Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is situated in the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. The actual location of this temple is at the top of Neel Parvat on the eastern summit of the Shivalik ranges. This is the southernmost part of the Himalayas. As per the legend, in modern times, king of Kashmir Suchat Singh built this temple in 1929 but the main shrine or the statue of the Goddess Chandi Mata is believed to be placed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Adi Guru Shankaracharya, a great saint who revived Hinduism and established Chardham in present form, garners special and godly respect among the Hindus. He was the greatest priest of the Hindu religion. This temple is also famous by the name of Neel Parvat Teerth. There is Panch Teerth or the Five Pilgrimages in Haridwar and Chandi Devi Temple is one of them. The devotees consider this temple as a Siddha Peetha that means a place of worship that fulfils the desire. So, the wishes that the devotees ask for are fulfilled here. Mansa Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple are other two Siddha Peethas, along with the Chandi Devi Temple.

The main deity of the temple is Chandi Mata who is also known as Chandika. As per mythology, there is a story attached to Goddess Chandika. Shumbha and Nishumbha were two demons who captured heaven or kingdom of the gods. They dispelled the gods from heaven. The gods had an intense prayer and, as a result, Goddess Parvati took the incarnation (avtar) of Goddess Chandi who was exceptionally beautiful. Shumbha wanted to marry Chandi but she refused. Shumbha got furious and sent his two demons to kill her. Chandika got angry and slayed them. Chandika’s furious form is called Chamunda. Later, she also killed Shumbha and Nishumbha. Having killed the demons, the goddess took rest at the place where the present temple is constructed. There are two peaks located nearby are termed as Shumbha and Nishumbha.

The temple is located at a distance of four km from Har Ki Pauri. There are two means to reach the temple. One way is taking a cable car and another way is three km trekking by taking the steps. The ropeway service is primarily meant for the old, weak or physically handicapped pilgrims. The ropeway journey offers very picturesque view of forest and River Ganga. View from top is amazingly beautiful. A large number of devotees visit the temple to offer prayers to and get blessings of Chandi Mata. It is one of the most traditional temples of India. Navratri, Kumbha Mela of Haridwar, , and Chandi Chaudas are main occasions when most of the tourists come here to visit the temple. Near Chandi Devi Temple is Anjana Mata Temple. Anjana is mother of Lord Hanuman. Neeleshwar Temple, at foothill of the Neel Parvat, is located close to Chandi Devi Temple. The devotees visit all these temples which are nearby to each other. Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi are the two forms of Goddess Parvati and they both are very close to each other.

The presiding priest of the temple is ‘mahant’ or the care taker of the temple. The temple is basically run by him. The morning aarti of the temple is done at around 5.30 am and the temple is open from 6 am to 8 pm. The exploration time of the temple is around 3 to 4 hours maximum. Savan Festival is celebrated here with palpable religious fervor.

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