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CHANDRABADANI IN UTTARAKHAND

''Gives a heavenly feel and 360 degree view of Kedarnath, Badrinath and Surkanda peaks''

LOCATION : In Tehri district of Uttarakhand. Approx. 320kms from Delhi, 10 km north of Kandi Khal (( a place on the Devaprayag-Kirti Nagar metalled road) and 22 km from Devprayag.

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : Stand atop the mountain, where the temple is located, and get panoramic 360 degree view of the snow-capped surrounding Himalayan peaks.
Chandrabadani is one of the Siddh Peeths besides Kunjapuri and Surkanda, dedicated to Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. It is believed that after Sati immolated herself, Lord Shiva started heading towards Himalayas carrying the body. It is then that parts of her body fell accidentally at these three Siddh Peeths, with torso at Chadrabadani.
The main temple is very small in the form of a cave with Shri-yantra carved out on a flat stone. As such there is no idol. One is allowed to only peep inside the cave from far where the torso is also lying. The torso part is kept hidden with a cloth canopy tied to the ceiling over the body and no one is allowed to see it. Even the Pandits give Devi a bath in closed doors and darkness to ensure they don’t see it.
Priests in the temple are very humble and do not hesitate in offering a good Puja. It’s a place from where one would not want to go back.

GETTING THERE : If driving, one will have to go to Jamnikhal, about 22 km from Devprayag. The last 1 km is a walk over the stairs and pathways to the temple. Other options by road are buses and shared jeeps, that operate frequently between Rishikesh and Devprayag. The route is beautiful and all views are indeed breath-taking.

BEST TIME : Months of April, May and June, September and October are pleasant. Avoid monsoon months as clouds gather around the mountains and block the view in these months.

EATING OPTIONS : There are a couple of eating joints both near the parking area and the main temple with items such as aloo pakodas, maggi, chowmein and buns along with tea on offer. They also prepare proper meals with rice and dal on demand. However you may not find a single shop on the 1km stretch that is to be covered walking. So, it is advisable to carry water if not used to walking up the mountains.


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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