Said to be “home” to the upper half of the idol of Goddess Dhari (a form of Goddess Devi) is the “Devi Dhari Temple” located in Uttarakhand. This temple is located in the Garhwal region along the banks of the Alaknanda River. According to popular folklore the idol situated in this temple apparently changes its appearance during the course of a day from a girl to an old lady. In addition, this temple is one among the “108 Shakti Sthals” available in India.
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a. Best climate to visit the Dhari Devi Temple
The ideal time to visit this town is in between March and October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Dhari Devi Temple
Dhari Devi Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By Road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Jaipur, Gurgaon, and Manali.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7, via NH9.
- Via Jaipur:
There are three routes from Jaipur to this temple, and they are via NH48, via NH21, and via NH48 and NH9.
- Via Gurgaon:
There are two routes from Gurgaon to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7 and via NH9.
- Via Manali:
There are three routes from Manali to this temple, and they are via NH7, via NH3 and NH7, and via NH3 SH2 and NH7.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is in Dehradun. The Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of Dhari Devi Temple
According to a popular legend this temple was destroyed by heavy flooding which also resulted in the idol of Goddess Devi getting entangled in a rock. Now apparently during this time villagers belonging to a village located in close proximity to the site of flooding called “Dharo” heard “Devi’s” voice. Furthermore, according to the villagers the goddess instructed them to install her idol at the site it had got stuck during the flooding. Hence this idol was enshrined at the spot and a temple called “Dhari Devi Temple” was established. In addition, according to yet another folklore it is said that the idol of Devi at this temple is supposed to change its appearance from a young girl to an old lady during the course of the day.