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Surkanda Devi, New Tehri

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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.
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  • The quest to visit Surkanda Devi Temple which is one of the Shakti Peeth requires a two kilometer trek through the Shiwaliks. This distance can be covered by trekking on foot or on pony which are avai...  read more »
  • A short 1.5km trek with few breathtaking viewpoints, the only downside of this place being the absence of washrooms! Had a word with the local shop owners at the parking area on this as well, even the...  read more »
  • Only for fitness freaks it requires approx 2 KM of walk on hilly tracks. View from top of the mountain is very good. 
  • The trek to temple is a bit difficult as it is steep, horse ride is available but the charge a lot. but once you reach the top the view is really mesmerizing and is really worth it. The weather up there is cold. the temple is really beautiful. Visited January 2016 Highly recommended, A must Visit
  • Maa surkend devi hameri kuldevi hai hamree purvaj kye saal pehle terighwal se aa ker Himachal Pardesh k Joginder Nagar k Bagraru namak (Garuhi) village m bas gayee gyee is lya tab se hum log yehee p hai aur hamree purvaj sath m mata k eak murti bhe sath lya thyee us murti ka hamree gaon m eak choota sa mander bhi hai ...Jai Mata di...
  • Jai mata di
  • My first visit turned out to be pretty awesome. Being a Delhiite, hills and mountains are a boon to us. The great smell of pine and cold wind blowing across our faces feels far more better than the hustle and bustle of the city. A few miles away from Dhanaulti, Surkanda Devi Temple was a worth visit. At first, we'd almost exhausted as the journey was too tiring, but then as soon as we reached the top, a feeling of 'calmness' ran down our bloodstream. Be it a miracle, but we immediately regained all our strength! On our return, we stopped midway and had those amazing 'pakodas' with chaai. Even now, my mouth starts drooling when think about it again! The local Garhwali people are really humble towards the visitors. When you're in doubt, they're ready to help you!
  • superb after snawfall....... nothing like this for himalayan view
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