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''Revered as protector of char dhams, idol of Dhari Devi is always kept under open sky''

LOCATION : The temple is located about 15 kms ahead of Srinagar on the banks of Alaknanda river in Kalyasaur between Srinagar and Rudraprayag on Badrinath road. Srinagar is Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.

ABOUT DHARI DEVI : Dhari Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Kali, which according to local folklore changes in appearance during the day from a girl, to a woman to an old lady. The temple houses only upper half of the Kali’s body called ‘ Dhari’, while her torso or lower half is worshipped as ‘Shree Yantra’ at Kalimath Temple near Guptkashi.

Dhari Devi in Srinagar is associated with Kedarnath as it was one of the stops for Shankracharya on his way to Kedarnath temple. She is also considered as guardian deity of Uttarakhand and is revered as protector of char dhams: Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.

The village near the temple is name after godess Dhari and known as Dhari Village. Earlier there used to be a hanging bridge over Alaknanda river, which connected the Dhari Devi temple to Dhari Village but it was demolished owing to construction of the dam. Locals are now using a cable trolley to commute from one end to the other.

RELOCATION OF THE IDOL : The idol, which was perched atop a 20 metre high rock earlier, was shifted to a higher location to prevent its submergence from the 300 MW hydel power project being built by Alaknanda Hydel Project Company, a subsidiary of GVK group on Alaknanda river on June 16, 2013 morning. Relocation of the temple, however, was protested by locals as they believed shifting the idol will lead to devastation.

From road, one has to trek down half a kilometre to reach the temple. However a small road is being constructed to assist parking near the temple itself. Devi’s Darshan is not considered complete without Bhairo Dev darshan, which is on the way. Puja Thali is available at shops near the Mandir entrance on the main road.

GETTING THERE : Direct Trains are available from Delhi to Haridwar and Dehradun from where cabs can be hired or buses can be boarded to reach Dhari Devi. From Srinagar garhwal, jeeps are also available for Dhari Devi, which are very reasonable. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.

Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal


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