Dhari Devi temple, a polular Shrine of Maa Dhari Devi. It is located on the banks of the Alaknanda River betweeen Srinagar and Rudraprayag in Kalyasaur village, in the Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand, India. Goddess Dhari is considered as the guardian and the protector of the Char Dhams. Her shrine is one of 108 Shakti Sthals in India, as numbered by Srimad Devi Bhagwat.
Importance of Dhari Devi Temple:
Dhari Devi temple is home to the upper half of the idol of the goddess Dhari Devi, while the lower half of the idol of goddess is kept in Kalimath. In Kalimath temple the goddess is worshipped as a manifestation of the Maa Kali.
A large number of devotees come to visit the temple throughout the whole year. Some of the important festivals celebrated in the temple are Durga Puja and Navratra. The temple is decorated with beautiful flowers and light.
Myths and History of Dhari Devi Temple:
Accoding to the local people the appearance of the idol of goddess changes with time from a girl to a woman and then to an old woman.
People say that the idol of the goddess should not be put under the roof. So there is an open sky above idols in the temple. Taking photographs of Dhari Devi idols is strictly prohibited in the temple.
There is a popular legend which stated that, once because of the flood in Alaknanda river the idol of Goddess Kali got struck against a big rock. Then the people of the Dharo village heard the divine voice of the Goddess and they fixed the idol of Goddess Kali at this spot, where the temple is present. After this incident the temple is known as Dhari Devi temple.
Relocation of Dhari Devi Temple:
Beacuse of the Srinagar Hydel Project in the Alaknanda river, Dhari Devi Temple was relocated from its original site. During Navratras the number of visitors significantly increases but devotees from all around the country visit Dhari Devi temple throughout the year.
How to Reach Dhari Devi Temple:
Dhari Devi Temple is located at Kalyasaur between Srinagar and Rudraprayag. Distance between Srinagar to Dhari Devi is 16 kms. And Rudraprayag is 20 kms away from the temple.
You can reach here easily by bus or taxi from Srinagar or Rudraprayag. Nearest railway station is Rishikesh railway station, which is 119 kms away. Airport at Jolly Grant airport, which is 136 kms away.