Maya Devi Temple in HaridwarShiv Shakti – another name for Lord Shiva and his first wife, Sati – who in true sense, symbolizes the Shakti. The Maya Devi temple in Haridwar, now in Uttarakhand, stands tall to support this belief. The temple is also known as Shakti Peetha, where Shakti is represented in the form of Goddess Maya. The temple was supposed to have built in the 11th century.
As the Hindu mythology has it, Sati, the daughter of Daksha Prajapati, had worshipped Lord Shiva and became his first wife. King Prajapati had arranged a yajna, which was attended by Sati. Her father insulted Shiva which was intolerable to Sati, who was a faithful wife. This led to Sati sacrificing her life in the divine fire of the yajna, to keep her husband’s honour.
As a respect to her faithful wife, Shiva toured the entire universe carrying the body of Sati. In the journey, the different parts of the body of Sati had fallen in different parts of the world. It is believed that the naval and heart of Sati had fallen in the place where the temple stands today, and hence the name, Maya Devi temple.
Maya Devi, popularly known as the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, is represented as having three heads and four arms, representing the Shakti.
Entry: The entrance to the temple is free and you will need around 30 minutes to complete your visit to the temple.
Best time to Visit: There is no best time for any devotee, but the periods of Navratra and the Kumbha Mela, are a special attraction.
Timings: The temple is open for devotees during 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Photography is allowed for the visitors.
How to Reach Maya Devi Temple in Haridwar
The temple is located beside Har ki Pauri. The mode of transport in Haridwar is mainly rickshaws.
From Railway Station
The temple is only at 1 km road distance from Haridwar railway station.
There are various cabs available depending on the size of the group, and will cost around Rs. 80-90 to reach the temple from the railway station.
Maya Devi Temple Address: Birla Ghat, Haridwar, Uttarakhand - 249401
Accommodation near Maya Devi Temple
Haridwar has many hotels, lodges, and guest houses of varying budgets suited to each category, classes and the masses. Below is a partial list of some places to stay nearby the temple which are light on the pocket.
Hotel Har ki Pauri
Haridwar, Uttarakhand- 249401
Ph.: +91 9690300999
Tariff- Rs. 960 onwards, per room per night
Hotel Tourist Villa
Sharvan Nath Nagar
Haridwar, Uttarakhand -249401
Ph.: +91 9897551911, +91 9219500789, +91 01334 266 027
Tariff- Rs. 619 onwards, per room per night
Near Laltorow Bridge Railway Road
Haridwar, Uttarakhand - 249408
Ph.: +91 01334-266500, +91 01334-228081
Tariff – Rs. 960 onwards, per room per night
Hotel Chitra Heritage
Sharvan Nath Nagar
Haridwar, Uttarakhand - 249401
Ph.: +91 01334-600999
Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards, per room per night