Surkanda Devi is a Hindu temple situated close to the small resort hamlet of Dhanaulti in Tehri District. It is at an altitude of about 2,757 metres, or 9976 ft; lies close to nearby hill stations of Dhanaulti (8 km) and Chamba (22 km)& walking distance of approx 3 km from Kaddukhal, the place where vehicles are parked.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 Dussera festival is celebrated every year between May and June and attracts a lot of people.LegendOne of the most persistent mythologies concerning the origin of worship at the site is associated with the myth of Sati, who was the wife of the ascetic god Shiva and daughter of the Puranic god-king Daksha. Daksha was unhappy with his daughter's choice of husband, and when he performed a grand Vedic sacrifice for all the deities, he did not invite Shiva or Sati. In a rage, Sati threw herself onto the fire, knowing that this would make the sacrifice impure. 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. Seeing this, Shiva sat down to do Mahatapasya (great penance). Despite the similarity in name, scholars do not generally believe that this legend gave rise to the practice of sati, or widow burning. 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. the body was separated part by part. Shiva passed through this place on his way back to Kailash with the dead body of Sati whose head fell at the spot where the modern temple of Surkhanda Devi stands.due to fall of head part of sati its name became sirkhanda which in the passage of time called surkanda.Surkanda Devi is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, New Tehri Edition.
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I got introduced to the Himalayas here. In the quest of visiting this Shaktipeeth, I took up my first Himalayan trek and I have to say the trek was not an easy one. I would rate it as a medium trek. W... more »
The temple is situated on peaceful area of Dhanaulti and one needs to trek about 2 km from road. on top temple offers a great view. The temple is considered as one of the shakti peeth. more »
A perfect trekking spot with the most beautiful scenary to behold. Very much peaceful at the top. With view of your starting point, the Himalayas snow coverd peaks, other ranges. Divine experience at ... more »
awesome experience..the priests were so nice and told us the whole story abt the temple..it was so nice to be there in the lap of nature.. jai mata di 😊😊
Located at 10000 ft altitude in Dhanaulti(uttrakhand). Must visit Place for seeking spirituality. Awesome sighseeing around temple with an interesting history attached to it. DO opt for trekking (only 2kms) while climbing if u want to enjoy real feeling .
Breath taking view of the snow capped himalyas was worth the trip.
Got exhausted while hiking up to the top. But the view was marvellous.
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