Maa Hariyali Devi Temple Rudraprayag marks the happening of historical events according to Hindu mythology. The temple marks the event that happened in the era of Lord Krishna. When the goddess Mahamaya was born as the 7th scion of both Devaki Mata and Lord Vasudev.
The tyrant ruler of Vrishni Kingdom also the brother of Mata Devaki threw the bairn Mahamaya which resulted in the strewn body parts of Goddess Mahamaya all over the Earth. One of the many scattered body parts “the hand” fell where the Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir was later built. Since when the part fell at Hariyali Devi, Jasholi the place became a revered Siddh Peeth. There is a total of 58 Siddh Peeths.
Inside the temple, there is a majestic and beautiful statue of Maa Hariyali Devi that is mounted on a Lion. Apart from the idol of Maa Hariyali Devi the temple also houses the idols of Heet Devi and Kshatrapal.
Entrenched within the beautiful Himalayan range having peaks and thick forest. The temple is situated at an altitude of about 1400 m and the site engraves itself into the minds of its viewers. Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir is at a distance of about 22 km from the Nagrasu village which is 37 km apart from the Rudraprayag Town.
Legends and belief:
The Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir takes us back to the era of Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu Mythology before the birth of Lord Krishna, there was a prophecy on the day of the wedding of Lord Krishna’s parents Mata Devaki and Lord Vasudev that the 8th offspring of Mata Devaki and Lord Vasudev will be the one who will end the supremacy of the tyrant king Kansa who was also the blood-related brother of Mata Devaki.
After the prophecy, Kansa confined Mata Devaki and Lord Vasudev and killed their infants every time they were born. Kansa brutally killed the 6 infants born from Mata Devaki. Goddess Mahamaya was born as the 7th scion of Mata Devaki and Lord Vasudev. To kill when Kansa threw the newborn, the body split into several pieces and scattered all around the earth. The hand fell on to the land and is known as Siddh Peeth. Where the hand fell later the temple of Maa Hariyali Devi was built. There are a total of 58 Siddh Peeth.
How to Reach:
To reach Maa hHriyali Devi Mandir via road:-
- The bus stand is situated at a distance of about 14 km from the Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir. To cover those 14 km one can get a conveyance like a cab to reach the Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir.
To reach Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir via rail:-
- The nearest railway station to the Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir is Rishikesh or Haridwar Railway Station. To cover the rest of the distance one can get a conveyance from the railway station or can book a taxi to reach the temple.
To reach Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir via Air:-
- The closest Domestic Airport to the Rudraprayag Town is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is roughly 179 km from the Rudraprayag Town and the nearest International Airport to the Rudraprayag Town is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
Best Time to Visit:
Devotees visit the temple all around the year to offer their prayers to the gods. But during the festive periods of festivals like Dhanteras, Raksha Bandhan, Diwali, and Navratri the place gets overcrowded by the devotees and the visitors can see people carrying the idols of Maa Hariyali Devi in Palanquins from Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir to another Siddh Peeth the Hariyala Kantha which is 6-7 km away from Maa Hariyali Devi Mandir.
Maa Hariyali Devi Temple Timings: 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Maa Hariyali Devi Temple Entry Fees: Nil