Chandrabadni Temple


Behind many of the temples in the country, there is a story. For the Chandrabadni temple in Tehri Garhwal like a few others has a legend behind them. The Chandrabadni Devi Temple has been enshrined to offer homage to the Goddess of power or Shakti.

It is believed that when her own father Daksha humiliated Sati, the wife of Shiva during the performance of a yagna. Sati, unable to bear the humiliation meted out to her, jumped into the very fire in which the yagna was being performed.

As Lord Shiva was carrying the burning body of Sati, a part of her torso tore apart from the body along with some metallic weapons and objects fell down on the earth. The Chandrabadni Devi Temple has been built over these very remnants. The premise of the Chandrabandi Temple therefore is filled with hordes of metallic tridents or trishuls.

The temple that has been constructed for the Chandrabadni Devi is located at a height of 7500 feet above sea level. The temple lies at the peripheries of the Devaprayag Town and is close to Pratap Nagar. Devotees, who wish to visit the abode of Chandrabandi Devi, have to travel up a metallic road for ten kilometers from Kandikhal.

One of the main attractions of this place is that tourists can have a clear view of the peaks of Kedarnath and Badrinath. The main idol of the temple is the Shriyantra or the yantra formed by nine interlocking triangles chipped on a stone.

During the performance of the annual puja for this Shri yantra, the idol is protected by the tying a cloth enclosure over it. The Pandit who is performs the puja is blindfolded for the entire duration of the rituals.

Tourists who wish to visit the shrine of Chandrabadni can do so by either approaching Narendra Nagar or Devaprayag and reach up to Jamnikhal. Jamnikhal is at a distance of about thirty kilometers from Devaprayag. The Chandrabadni Temple is at a distance of eight kilometers from Jamnikhal. The final climb of one kilometer has to be done by way of trekking.

Since the temple is closely located to Devaprayag, the nearest railway station is Rishikesh. The nearest airport that the devotees of the Chandrabadni Devi can access is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.

The period between June and October are the best months to visit the Shrine of Chandrabadni Devi.