Maya Devi Temple
Considered to be a “Shakti Peetha” is a temple in Uttarakhand built during the 11th century known as “Maya Devi”.This temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya (a form of Shakti) is located in the “pious” city of Haridwar. The main idol found at this temple is essentially a “three headed and four armed” deity. In addition, there are two more idols (apart from the main idol in the centre) that can be seen in this temple in the form of Goddess Kali on the left and Goddess Kamakhya on the right.
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a. Best climate to visit the Maya Devi Temple
The perfect time to visit this city is in between October and April during which the climate is cool and pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of about 6 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Maya Devi Temple
Maya Devi Temple Map
1. By train:
Haridwar possesses its own railway station. The Haridwar Railway Station is well connected to all major cities and towns in India.
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 is one route from New Delhi to this temple, and it is via NH334.
- Via Jaipur:
There are two routes from Jaipur to this temple, and they are via NH48 and NH334 and via NH21.
- Via Gurgaon:
There is one route from Gurgaon to this temple, and they are via NH334.
- Via Manali:
There are two routes from Manali to this temple, and they are via NH205 and via NH3 and NH205.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to Haridwar is located in Dehradun. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country. Taxi services are available from this airport to Haridwar.
c. Religious significance of the Maya Devi Temple
This temple is said to be a “Siddh Peetha”, and is also renowned for being a shrine where wishes are fulfilled. According to a popular legend King Daksha, the father Goddess Sati did not invite Lord Shiva his son-in-law for a yagna ceremony. The fact that her husband was snubbed enraged Goddess Sati, and in response she committed suicide in the very same fire the yagna was performed in. This angered Lord Shiva who carried his wife’s burnt corpse around the earth. It is then while carrying, that her body parts fell upon various spots on earth. Apparently, the heart and navel of Sati’s body fell at the site on which this temple has been built, and hence it is considered to be a part of the “Sidh Peethas”.