Haridwar is one of the holiest cities in Uttarakhand and across the country, it is bound to treasure some of the best temples. Amongst the many, Chandi Devi Temple is by far the holiest temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi. The location of the temple making it even more stunning, Chandi Devi Temple in Haridwar is located in Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Shivalik Hills. This mountain chain is situated in the southernmost part of the Himalayas of India.
Built-in the year 1929, during the reign of Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir Chandi Devi Temple has had many devotees coming from all corners of the country to seek blessings. It is also highly revered by pilgrims as a Siddh Peeth. This means that it is a place where desires get fulfilled if wished upon wholeheartedly. The main Murti located inside the temple was installed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Adi Shankaracharya was one of the greatest Hindu priests of all time. If you come here, don't get confused by the name as many of the locals call Chandi Devi Temple as Neel Parvat Teerth. This is because it is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) located within the city of Haridwar. Because of its stunning location, many people also prefer the choice of trekking instead of taking the means of a ropeway. Also since many elderly pilgrims cannot walk, it takes time to board the ropeway and reach the top.
Verdant greenery surrounds the entire temple complex and the hill making it a beautiful place to dwell. It is also a lovely place to watch the sunrise and sunset. Another thing the pilgrims can do is by exploring the other side of the Neel Parvat. After darshan at Chandi Devi Temple, you can visit a shrine dedicated to Devi Anjana who was the mother of Lord Hanuman. Many festivals are celebrated in Chandi Devi Mandir Haridwar like Navratri and the Chandi Chaudas. And during the mass gathering at Haridwar during the holy festival of Kumbh Mela. You can find many pilgrims come to seek blessings from the deity. Items not allowed inside Chandi Devi Temple are any kind of leather accessories, non-vegetarian food, and alcohol.
Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar Timings: 5:00 A.M to 5:30 P.M and 6:00 P.M to 6:30 P.M
Chandi Devi Temple Entry Fees: Nil