Dhari Devi Temple Uttarakhand

Located between Srinagar and Rudraprayag on the banks of Alaknanda River in Kalyasaur, Dhari Devi is an ancient Hindu temple in Uttarakhand. This shrine has the deity of Maa Dhari Devi and it was relocated from the 20 m high rock to a man-made structure in the year 2013.  A manifestation of Goddess Kali, Dhari Devi is reckoned to be the protector of the Char Dhams. Since a long time now this temple has been a center of faith for the people of Garhwal. According to the legend, Dhari Devi is the guardian deity of Uttarakhand, whose idol was removed from her temple on 16th June 2013 by priests and locals, just a few hours before the cloudburst. As per believers, Uttarakhand had to also face the Goddess' ire when she was shifted from her 'mool sthan' which means the 'original abode' to make way for a 330 MW hydel project that lies in ruins after the flood.

A similar attempt was done in the year 1882 by a local king which resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath. The legend also has it that the idol of Dhari Devi should not be kept under a roof, so the idol is always kept under the sky. Taking pictures in the temple is prohibited. Devotees come here to worship the goddess round the year but during the Navratras, the number of pilgrims increases and people come here to get blessings. Chaitra Navratri and Ashwin Navratra are observed and celebrated in this temple.

The festivals of Dussehra, Deepavali and Kartik Purnima are celebrated with great zeal.

Best Time to Visit Dhari Devi Temple

The months between November and June are favourable to witness the serenity of Kalyasaur where the temple is located. Also, it is ideal to visit this place during any Hindu festival, as then it looks delightful.

  • Summer

    Bright shining sun with a calm fresh air, summer is indeed the best time to visit Kalyasaur. The temperature being moderate here ranging from 20°C to 36°C, you can trek your way to temples and other tourist attractions for the rejuvenating spiritual vibe without any hindrance during summer months.

  • Monsoon

    See the sky changing colours and trees swaying as the rain falls on the land of Kalyasaur. Starting from July and lasting till September, the monsoon in the district lets one enjoy the aroma of the soil and the liveliness rainfall brings in with a fall in temperature from 27°C to 21°C. As there are chances of landslides and roadblocks during monsoon, it is advised to check the weather forecast before planning a vacation in this season.

  • Winter

    Get the chance to hold snow in your hands, as the district is something not to miss in the winter season. Carry your warm clothes as it gets very cold in Kalyasaur from December to nearing the end of February. With temperatures dropping down to 0°C or even below.

Where to Stay in Dhari Devi Temple?

Srinagar and Rudraprayag are two places which you can choose for your accommodation. From budget hotels to resorts, everything is available in these two places that are situated close to Dhari Devi Temple. These destinations ensure some of the best places to stay near Dhari Devi Temple that are comfortable and cater to every guest's needs.

How to Reach Dhari Devi Temple?

The best way to reach Dhari Devi temple is via road because there are many interstate and local buses that run on a regular interval and can provide you a comfortable ride.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport is Jolly Grant which is about 136 km from the temple and is located at Dehradun. There are many buses and taxis which are regularly running between the two terminals.

  • By Rail

    The nearest railheads are in Rishikesh around 124 km from Kalyasaur and Haridwar which is 142 km away from where this temple is located and after getting down here you can take a bus or a taxi to your destination.

  • By Road

    The temple has a well-connected road network. It is 124 km from Rishikesh, 19 km from Rudraprayag and 165 km from Dehradun. It also has a smooth connection to many other major and popular destinations in the state.

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