Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar in the Uttarakhand
Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh on the top of the Neel Parvat . The distance from Haridwar to the temple is about 6 kms and the there is an option of trekking uphill for the last three 3 kms or taking the cable car. There is an interesting story behind this temple. Legend has it that two demon kings Shumbha and Nishumbha waged a war against Lord Indra and captured his kingdom. Then they threw all the Gods out of heaven and started to make merry. Taking pity on the God’s plight, Goddess Parvati took the form of Chandi Devi to slaughter the demon kings and return the kingdom to Indra. The Goddess Chanda Devi is believed to have rested on this very hill top for a while. Hence the temple was built on that sacred spot to commemorate her. The main idol of Goddess Chanda Devi is said to have been established in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple is known as one of the Siddha Peethas where one’s wishes are fulfilled and every year, millions of devotees make their way to seek the blessings of Chanda Devi.