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About Daksheswara Mahadev Temple

About 4 kilometer from Haridwar is Daksheswara Mahadev Temple. It is named after Daksha, father of Shiv's wife Sati and one of the creator deities. A rather significant site in Haridwar for Shaivite devotees, the temple gets thronged on Maha Shivaratri. The structure is a typical Hindu temple and is painted white on exteriors. According to the legend, Sati's father Daksha Prajapati performed a yagna, at this exact place, but did not invite Lord Shiva, Sati's husband. Sati insulted by her father's behavior and went on sacrificed her life by jumping in the fire of the yagna. The Yagna Kund is still present in the temple premises and is worshipped along with the other idols. The Shiv Lingam is situated in the middle of the temple complex. The temple gets filled by a large number of devotees in August, the holy month of Sawan-the month of Lord Shiva according to the Hindu calendar. And special rituals are performed on the Shivratri, the marriage day of Shiva and Shakti.

Historical Context: According to the legend, Sati's father Daksha Prajapati performed a yagna, at this exact place, but did not invite Lord Shiva, Sati's husband Sati insulted by his father's behavior and went on sacrificed her life in the fire of the yagna.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls
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