About Surkanda Devi Temple –
Surkanda temple is a Hindu temple and it is situated in garhwal close to the small resort hamlet of Dhanaulti in the village Uniyal gaon of Tehri District. Surkanda Devi temple is at an altitude of about 3,030 metres or 9976ft lies. it is close to nearby hill station of Dhanaulti (8km).
Temple is 3 km far from roadside (Kaddukhal – Travel Base Zone) and this is the place where vehicles are parked. Another beautiful hill station Chamba Town is 22 km from kaddukhal.
It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a scenic view of the surrounding region including the Himalayas to the north, and certain cities to the south (e.g., Dehradun, Rishikesh).
The Ganga Dusshera festival is celebrated every year between May and June and lot of people come here for this festival from local as well as outside of states. This is a temple which is situated among the trees of rounslii(a kind of pine tree). This place mostly cover with fog and cloud.
Mythology about temple –
According to the stories, Mother Sati is worshiped in this temple. Who was the wife of Shiva and was the daughter of Puranic Dev-King Daksh. Once, King Daksh organized a yagya and did not invite Lord Shiva in that yagya. Sati got angry with him and sacrificed his life in that yagya.
Because she was the all-powerful mother goddess, Sati left her body in that moment to be reborn as the goddess Parvati. Meanwhile, Shiva was stricken with grief and rage at the loss of his wife. He put Sati’s body over his shoulder and began his tandava (dance of cosmic destruction) throughout the heavens, and vowed not to stop until the body was completely rotted away. The other Gods, afraid of their annihilation, implored Vishnu to pacify Shiva. Thus, wherever Shiva wandered while dancing, Vishnu followed. He sent his discus Sudarshana to destroy the corpse of Sati. Pieces of her body fell until Shiva was left without a body to carry. According to various myths and traditions, there are 51 pieces of Sati’s body scattered across the Indian subcontinent. These places are called shakti peethas and are dedicated to various powerful goddesses. When Shiva was passing over this place on his way back to Kailash carrying Sati’s body, her head fell at the spot where the modern temple of Surkhanda Devi stands and due to which the temple’s got its name as sirkhanda which in the passage of time is now called surkanda.
How to reach surkanda –
Nearest Station of surkanda tourism-
- Chamba [8 km Away] – 30 Minute By Road
- Mussuri [ 33 Km Away] – 50-80 Minute By Road
- Dehradun [ 70Km Away] – 90-120 Minute By Road
- Kaddukhal [2 Km Away ] – 30 Minute walking Distance only By Road
- Rishikesh [150 Km ] – 180-210 Minute By Road