Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Seated an altitude of 1,676 metres, Kunjapuri Devi Temple is a Hindu temple tucked atop a hillock near Rishikesh. It is one among the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district, the other two being Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni Devi Temple. One can relish the spellbinding view of sunset and sunrise from here.
On a clear day, one can relish mesmerizing views of the Himalayan peaks like Swargarohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch, and Chaukhamba. The other side of the temple provides a lustrous panorama of the nearby landmarks like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Doon Valley. Every year, many devotees come here to seek the blessings of Mata Kunjapuri during the auspicious festival of Dussehra and Navratri.
Mythology related to Kunjapuri Devi Temple:
According to the Hindu mythology, when Lord Shiva was carrying the charred body of Mata Sati to Kailash. Her burnt body parts fell from his hands and were scattered at different places. It is believed that Mata Sati’s torso fell at this place and a temple was built at the same site.
Religious Significance and Importance of Kunjapuri Devi Mandir:
Kunjapuri Devi Mandir is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas located in India. The temple was founded by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. It completes the triangle of three Shakti Peethas located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The temple also serves as an important stopover point for the devotees undertaking the Char Dham Yatra.
Things to do in and around Kunjapuri Mata Temple:
Since the temple is located in a solitary place, one can indulge in several recreational activities here. You can go for trekking, enjoy photography and bird watching. To savour the best sunrise, trek early morning to Kunjapuri Devi temple. Another major attraction near Kunjapuri Devi temple is Ananda in the Himalayas known as a luxury spa destination in Narendra Nagar. For excursions, you can plan short trips to Rishikesh, Rajaji National Park, and Dehradun.
Timings to visit Kunjapuri Temple: From 6 am to 8 pm
Primary Deity: Goddess Durga
Petrol Pump: Not available
ATM Facility: Not available
Food Joints: Few small shops near the temple
Preferred Vehicles: Motor bikes/private cars/shared jeeps or buses.
Accommodation Facility: Kunjapuri Guest House at Hindolakhal or you can stay at Rishikesh.
Trekking at Kunjapuri:
The adventure lovers can enjoy trekking at Kunjapuri and the nearby areas by deboarding the bus/jeep at Hindolakhal village. You have to commence a short 3 km trek uphill to reach the Kunjapuri Devi temple. If you want to explore more then you can opt for a longer trek at Tapovan in Rishikesh which goes up and downhill to reach the temple.
The tour operators will organize the trek for you. You can tell your tour operators if you want to visit the temple via road or want to come down to Tapovan area via trekking route. You can easily visit the Neer Garh waterfall from here.
How to reach Kunjapuri Devi Temple:
Kunjapuri Mata temple is situated on Hindolakhal road, Adli in Uttarakhand. The temple sits atop Kunjapuri hill and is only 27 km away from Rishikesh in Tehri Garhwal district. All the buses going towards Gangotri passes through the Kunjapuri Hill. It is a roughly 30 minutes-drive from Rishikesh. To reach here, you have to climb a flight of 300 stairs.
You need to hire a shared jeep from Hindolakhal to reach the temple which is 5 km away from Hindolakhal. Rishikesh railway station at 28 km away is the nearest railhead to the temple. Jolly Grant airport at 42 km is the closest air connectivity from here.