( Kotdwar )
kms. from Pauri, it is one of the rail terminus for Garhwal
and one of the routes to the hills. The nearby places of interest
are ancient Kanvashram (14kms., where Shankuntala gave birth to
prince Bharat, after the name of whom the country is called Bharat),
and the Siddhbali Temple (3 kms.).
Area: 5 sq.kms.
Altitude: 395 mts.
Season: Round the year.
District board Shopping Centre
Badrinath Road, Station Road.
At a distance of 2 kms. from Kotdwar, the Siddhibali Temple is
dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Large number of devotees visit the place
round the year.
Durga Devi Temple
Situated at a distance of 2 kms from the main town, the Durgadevi
temple is one of the most important places of worship of the town
Situated at an elevation of 1657 mts., the temple is popularly known
as Medanpuri Devi Temple. 'Medan' literally means curd and it is
believed that the Goddess showers Her devotees with milk, curd and
whey by way of blessings. Legend has it that the Goddess had appeared in a curd-bowl in the
hearth of a family living in village Marora. The Goddess revealed
to to the head of the family the place where she would appear and
a temple dedicated to the Goddess was then erected in Her honour.
Special offerings are made during the Navratras, folowed by a big
fair on Ashtami.
Jeeps and taxies are available at Rishikesh (37 kms.) Chandighat
and Hardiwar (42 kms). Accommodation is available in Tourist Rest Houses at Chia (36 kms.)
Shri Koteshwar Mahadev
Situated at an elevation of 1428 mts. This temple has a great following
among childless couples. The temple houses a Shivlinga and is surrounded
by the Himalayan ranges in the east, Hardwar in the west and Siddha
Peeth Medanpuri Devi temple in the south. Legends has it that a
village woman inadverdently hit a Shiv Linga while digging. Divine
voices were then heard, directing the people to construct a temple
dedicated to Shiva. Accordingly, the Koteshwar Mahadev temple was
It is believed that childless couples who chant the Mahamrityunjaya
mantra (verse) during the whole month of Shravana with full faith
& devotion are blessed by the Lord and their wishes are granted.
It is also believed that during the Navratras the Goddess roves
around, besitted upon her steed, the lion.