Devi Temples in Uttarakhand are pilgrimage shrines belonging to Ma Shakti. These temples celebrate the power of Shakti who is considered as a potent female energy controlling the entire universe. Shakti as per myths is the ‘daughter of mighty Himalayas’ which is why she is also called Parvati. Thus, it is no wonder that there’s no dearth of Shakti shrines in the Himalayan territories of Uttarakhand. Some of the top-rated Shakti or Devi Temples of Uttarakhand are listed below. Ma Shakti has been manifested in various forms in these Uttarakhand Devi temples. Read on to learn more-
Naina Devi Temple
The Naina Devi temple stands along the Naini Lake and has the picturesque setting of Nainital at its backdrop. The temple is an abode of Ma Shakti and as per myths, it is believed that the Naina or eyes of Sati had fallen at this very place leading to the emergence of a Shakti Peeth. Immersion ceremony of the idol is an important ceremony at Naina Devi temple and calls forth pilgrims from far and wide.
Surkanda Devi Temple
The Surkanda Devi temple stands on UttarakhandMussoorie-Chamba road and is another revered Devi temple of Uttarakhand. According to myths, Sati’s head had fallen at this place as a result of which this Shakti Peeth came into being. Ganga Dussehra festival is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur at the temple premises.
Jwalpa Devi Temple
Located nearly 34 kms away from Pauri, the Jwalpa Devi temple belongs to Ma Durga. The temple stands on the Pauri Kotdwar route and in vicinity to Nawalika’s left bank. Scores of devotees gather at the temple during the festive times of Navratri to pay their tribute to the goddess. It is believed that anyone who comes to the temple never returns empty-handed. Beautiful scenery serves as a worthy backdrop for the temple.
Chandrabadani Devi Temple
The Chandrabadani Devi temple is a hilltop shrine perched at an elevation of 2277 meter above sea level. The temple lies in vicinity to Devprayag. According to myths, the torso of goddess Sati had fallen at this spot leading to the emergence of the Chandrabadani Shaktipeeth.
Mata Purnagiri Temple
The temple of Mata Purnagiri is situated in the Champawat region of Tanakpur, Uttarakhand. It is counted among the 108 revered SeedhPeeths of Ma Shakti that our country has. As per myths this is the very site where Sati had immolated herself by plunging into the sacrificial fire of DakshaYagna. The festival of Navratri is celebrated with immense gusto at the temple site.
Nanda Devi Temple
Nanda Devi temple of Almora is an abode of Nanda Devi, a manifestation of Goddess Durga. She had been the presiding deity of Chand dynasty and is considered the sole protector of the Kumauni people of the region. During the pompous festival of Nanda Devi raj Jat, the goddess is taken out for a exquisite procession during which she is said to travel to her another abode situated on the Trishul peak. The goddess during this Yatra is adorned with all sorts of ostentatious fineries. This festival takes place at an interval of every 12 years.
Apart from the above there are two other very important Devi temples in Uttarakhand that deserve a special mention indeed. However, unlike the others, these temples are dedicated to River Goddesses rather than goddess Shakti. These temples are the temples of Yamunotri and Gangotri. Yamunotri belongs to Goddess Yamuna while Gangotri temple belongs to Goddess Ganga. The Yamunotri Gangotri Yatra is an important pilgrimage trip of Uttarakhand and these two shrines also make a part of the Chota Chardham circuit.