One of the 52 Sidhpeeth in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand, Kunjapuri Temple is situated on a mere 28 km of
Rishikesh at a height of 1,665 meters above sea level. These divine triangle temples are arranged in a
group as Ma Chandrabadni, Surkanda Devi and Ma Kunjapuri temple, this divine triangle temples are
considered to be very sacred.
Mythological Belief for Kunjapuri Temple:
According to Skanda Purana, the daughter of King Daksha, Sati was married to Lord Shiva. After the defeat
of the Asura in the Treta Yug (Era), Daksha was chosen as the Prajapati King. He organized a Yagya at
Kankhal in his glory. He, however, did not invite Lord Shiva because of Lord Shiva Opposed the making of
King Daksha as Prajapati. Lord Shiva and Sati saw Kailash Mountain, the dwelling place of Lord Shiva,
passing through all Gods and know that they have not been invited. When Sati heard about her husband's
humiliation, he went to the altar and sacrificed himself in the Havan Kund. Until Lord Shiva reached there,
he had been sacrificed. Lord Shiva came out in anger and done the Tandava. He opened his hairs and made
free to Gana. He ordered him to bring the head of King Dasha and to send all the Gods back to there
places. The repentant Gods apologized to Lord Shiva and requested him to give mercy to Daksha so that
they can complete the Yagya. But, the neck of the King Daksha had already been cut. Therefore, a sheep's
neck was cut and kept on the body of the Daksha so that they could complete the Yagya. Lord Shiva took
out the body of Sati from the Hawan Kund and kept mourning on his shoulders for years after being angry
and sad. All the Gods gathered to discuss this unusual incident because they knew that Lord Shiva can
destroy the whole world in anger. After all, it was decided that Lord Vishnu would use his Sudarshan
Chakra. Without Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu divided the body of Sati into 52 pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra.
Wherever on earth, the pieces of the body of Sati fell, those places were known as Siddha Peethas or
Shakti Peethas (centers of knowledge or power). For example, Naina Devi is there, where her eyes fell,
Jawlpa Devi is there, where her tongue had fallen, Surakanda Devi is there, where her neck fell and
Chandbadini Devi is there, where the lower part of her body was dropped. The upper part of his body, i.e.
the Kunja, fell on the place and that’s why it is now known as Kunjapuri. It is counted among Shakti
Attractions in Kunjapuri Temple:
Tourists and devotees visiting the Kunjapuri Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kunjapuri Mata can see
the delightful scenes of Garhwal hills. You can see many important peaks such as the Bandarpunch
(6,320m), Swargarohini (6,248 m), Gangotri (6,672 m) and Chaukhamba (7,138 m) in the north. In the
South direction, areas like Rishikesh, Haridwar and valleys like these can be seen here. In the simple white
entrance of the temple, a board has been displayed in which it has been written that this temple has been
presented by the 197th Field Regiment (Kargil). Tourists and devotees have to cross three hundred eight
concrete stairs to reach the temple. The guard of the real entrance is being carried by the lions, who are
riding of Goddess and the elephant's head. Kunjapuri temple itself is in white colour. However, some parts
of it are dyed in bright colors. This temple was renovated from 01 October 1979 to 25 February 1980.
There is no statue in the temple's womb - there is a crater - it is said that this is the place where the Kunja
(upper part of Goddess) fell. It is worshiped here, whereas a small statue of Goddess is placed in a corner.