Kunjapuri Devi temple, located near Rishikesh in Uttarakhand district in India-is one of the most revered Hindu shrines. This temple is clearly visible. It is located on top of a mountain, in the Northern part of Rishikesh.
The legend of Kunjapuri
According to the Skanda Purana, Sati’s father, king Daksha was very displeased when his daughter married Shiva. He committed Yajna (the fire ritual), on that invited all gods, except Shiva. When this happened, Sati became angry with her father and committed suicide by jumping into the fire. When Shiva learned of this, he extinguished the fire and, picking up the body of sati, wandered with Him for a long time on The Himalayan ranges.
Vishnu realized that if all the necessary funeral rites were not performed, Sati could not be reborn. Therefore, with the help of Sudarshan chakra – a rotating disc of fire – he cut her body into pieces. There are a total of 52 Shakti piths – places in the vicinity of India and Nepal, where parts of Sati’s body fell to the ground.
Kunjapuri temple is one such place. It attracts thousands of visitors all year round, especially in April and October, during Navaratri. It also hosts festive events during the festival of Dussehra.
Sati was later reborn as the goddess Parvati and became the wife of Shiva again
How to get to Kunjapuri
Kunjapuri temple is located at an altitude of 1645 meters from sea level. The distance from Rishikesh to the temple is about 25 kilometers. You can get to Kunjapuri by taxi or motorcycle, the main thing is to find the way in the dark, otherwise instead of dawn you will come to the sunset).
Kunjapuri temple is open to the public from 6 AM to 7 PM.
The sunrise in Kunjapuri
This tour is very popular among tourists. Both foreigners and residents of India like to go up to the temple before sunrise to enjoy the nature and take pictures of the sunrise in the valley. From the observation deck of Kunjapuri overlooking the panorama of the Himalayan snow-capped peaks (the mountains of Gangotri, Swarga Rohini and Chaukhamba). Also from the temple you can see the northern part of Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Dune valley, which runs to the South.