The Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar

Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar Guide – Timings, Poojas, and History

Chandi Devi Temple is present atop the Neel Parvat in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. The presiding deity, Chandi or Chandika is a form of Goddess Parvati and exists in close association with Mansa Devi. The temple is one of the panch teerth present in Haridwar.

Devotees also believe that the Chandi Devi Temple is a Siddha Peetha, which translates to a place where desires get fulfilled. It is one of the Char Dham Yatra destinations in northern India.

Planning to visit this temple? Have a look at our Char Dham Yatra Tour Package.

Chandi Devi Temple – Facts

DeityGoddess Chandi (Goddess Shakti)
LocationHaridwar, Uttrakhand
SignificanceSiddha Peetha
ToursChar Dham Yatra
Darshan Timings7:00 AM to 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Entry FeeFree
Rope-way Timings7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Rope-way ChargesRs. 95 per person (to and fro)
Best Time to VisitSeptember to April
FestivalsNavratri, Chandi Chaudas, Kumbha Mela
Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar.

What are the timings of the Chandi Devi Temple?

The temple opens at 7:00 am and closes at 7:00 pm. The morning aarti starts at 5:30 am.

TimingsFromTo
Morning7 AM12 PM
Evening2 PM7 PM

How to cover the route to the Chandi Devi Temple?

Routes to the Chandi Devi Temple
The Udan Khatola is a very popular mode of transport to the Chandi Devi Temple.

The Udan Khatola is a very famous tourist attraction of the city of temples, Haridwar. It offers a picturesque view of not only the river Ganga but of the entire city. Situated on the Neel Parvath at the height of 2900 meters, the distance to the temple is 4 km.

Udan Khatola saves you the climb on the steep hill and takes only 5-10 minutes to reach the temple. This facility is highly beneficial for the specially-abled, senior citizens, and expecting mothers. The Neel Parvath is an ideal place for the purpose of trekking, and the ascend to the temple takes approximately 45 minutes on foot.

The Udan Khatola service starts at 8:30 am and closes at 6 pm.

The pricing for the Udan Khatola are as follows:

Ticket TypePrice
Chandi Devi Rope-wayINR 95
Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi combinedINR 263
Concession ticket (for Chandi Devi only) INR 65
Concession ticket (for combined)INR 122

Please note:

  • All the tickets are inclusive of the return journey as well and should be kept until the end of the trip.
  • The combined ticket is valid for three days.
  • For children below the height of 110 cm, tickets are not required, the ride is free.
  • Concessional tickets are for the specially-abled and widows of Indian Defense soldiers. The proof of the same needs to be shown at the ticket counter.

What is the significance of Chandi Devi Temple?

The significance of the Chandi Devi Temple is that it is one of the most ancient temples of India. Apart from being one of the Panch Teerth of Haridwar, it is also a Siddha Peeth. This sacred temple is highly revered by pilgrims, especially during festivals such as Navratri.

Pilgrims can reach via a rope-way, popular as the Chandi-Devi Udankhatola which also carries pilgrims to the Mansa Devi Temple. Please note that leather accessories, non-vegetarian food, and alcoholic drinks are prohibited inside the temple.

What is the history of the Chandi Devi Temple?

Chanda and Munda
Goddess Chandi destroyed Chanda and Munda.

According to the history of the temple, Suchat Singh, the king of Kashmir, built the Chandi Devi Temple in 1929. But it is a popular belief that the main idol of the temple was instated by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.

The story behind the temple, as mentioned in the Devi Mahatmyam, describes the existence of two demon kings, Shumbha and Nishumbha. The Asuras had held Lord Indra (the king of gods) hostage and wanted to rule Indraloka. The Devas prayed to Goddess Parvati and sought her intervention. She transformed into a beautiful yet fierce warrior goddess, Chandi. Charmed by her beauty, Shumbha wished to marry her, and the divine goddess refused. Enraged, he sent his warriors Chanda and Munda to defeat her.

Goddess Chamunda, the destroyer of the Chanda and Munda, was born out of Goddess Chandi’s anger. Upon learning of the fate of Chanda and Munda, Shumbha and Nishumbha went onto battle Goddess Chandika themselves. She destroyed them and then rested atop the Neel Parvath where the Chandi Devi Temple is now present.

What are the festivals celebrated at the Chandi Devi Temple?

Navratri
Navratri is a combination of two Sanskrit words – ‘Nava’, which means ‘nine’ and ‘Ratri’, which means ‘night’.

The major festivals celebrated in the temple are:

  • Chandi Chaudas: According to the mahant of Chandi Devi Temple, it is the day when all the other forms of Goddess Bhagwati come to meet Goddess Chandi in the temple. After providing special prayers and offerings, they return to their respective abodes. Women prepare prasad at home and present it to Goddess Chandi as Bhog.
  • Navratri or Durga Puja: It is a famous festival, celebrated as a symbol of victory of good over evil. As per legend, Goddess Durga defeated the demon king Mahishasura to save the world and restore Dharma. Navratri, a festival celebrated across India for nine days is dedicated to Maa Durga. Celebrations in the temple include stage decorations, recital of the legend, enacting of the story, and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism.

How to reach Chandi Devi Temple?

  • Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, at a distance of 40 km from the temple.
  • Train: The nearest railway station is Haridwar, at a distance of 8 km from the temple.
  • Road: Buses for Haridwar are available from ISBT Kashmere Gate in Delhi, and the bus station is only 2.5 km from the temple.

Where to stay near Chandi Devi Temple?

Some of the places where one can stay nearby while undertaking the Char Dham Yatra are:

  • Radisson Blu Haridwar: It is a five-star hotel for a luxurious stay. It provides spacious rooms, excellent food, high speed wireless internet, a steam room and a gym. It is at a distance of 13 km from the temple.
  • Ganga Lahiri: It is a hotel that provides pick-up from the railway station by cycle rickshaw. It also provides a peaceful and aesthetically appeasing interior along with a great view of Ganga.
  • Golden Tulip Haridwar: It is a four-star hotel at a 7.6 km drive from Haridwar Railway Station. This hotel boasts off excellent service in food as well as cleanliness. Moreover, guests can also avail massage therapies at the in-house massage centre.
Chandi Devi Temple
Goddess Chandi is said to be the presiding deity of this siddha peetha.

What are some temples near Chandi Devi?

Explore Haridwar
Haridwar is one of the Sapta Puris, which are the seven holiest places for the Hindus.

Some of the famous temples nearby are:

  • Har ki Pauri, Haridwar Har ki Pauri is a religious bathing ghat in Haridwar. Literally translating to ‘Steps of Shiva’, it is on the banks of Ganga, at the point where it leaves mountains and enters the plains. It is said that a dip in the Ganges at Har ki Pauri absolves one of his/ her sins.
  • Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar: Maya Devi Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Maya in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Goddess Maya is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is the Adhisthatri of the city. The temple is one among the three prominent Siddha Peetha in Haridwar.
  • Mansa Devi Temple, HaridwarMansa Devi Temple is a Hindu temple for goddess Mansa, on top of Bilwa Parvat in Haridwar. Also, popular as ‘Bilwa Teerth’, this temple is among the panch teerth within Haridwar. ‘Mansa’ means ‘wish’ and it is a popular belief among the devotees that the goddess fulfills their wishes.
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:  It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The main deity of the temple is ‘Neelkanth’ who is a form of Lord Shiva and has a blue throat due to the effect of consuming poison. It also contains various scriptures depicting ‘Samudramanthan’ by Devas and Asuras, which is mythologically relevant to the temple.
  • Bharat Mata Mandir, Haridwar: It is a temple dedicated to ‘Bharat Mata’ or ‘Mother India’. The temple is present alongside Samanvay Ashram on the banks of Ganga. It is 8 storeys tall, with each storey depicting an era in Indian history, from the days of Ramayana until Indian Independence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Chandi Devi Temple open throughout the year?

Yes, the Chandi Devi Temple is open all 365 days of the year.

What is the entry fees?

The entry to the Chandi Devi Temple is free.

What is the preferred time to visit the Chandi Devi Temple?

The best timing to visit the Chandi Devi Temple is from 8 am to 10 am in the morning.

When is the best time of the year to visit the Chandi Devi Temple?

Although you can visit the temple any time of the year, ideally, February, March, August, September and October are the best times to visit the Chandi Devi Temple.

Is Mansa Devi Temple close to Chandi Devi Temple?

Mansa Devi Temple is 2.4 km from the Chandi Devi Temple and it takes approximately 11 minutes to travel via Haridwar Industrial Area.

Is Maya Devi Temple close to Chandi Devi Temple?

Chandi Devi Temple is very close to the Maya Devi Temple and it takes approximately 3 minutes to cover the distance via NH34.

When is the Chandi Devi Temple most crowded?

Chandi Devi Temple is the most crowded during the Navratri and Kumbhmela season.

What is the weather like during summers?

The temperature during summers is mild and ranges from 35º C to 45º C. It is advisable to carry cotton clothing in summers.

What are winters like in Haridwar?

Weather in winter is very unpredictable. The temperature varies from 10º C to 30º C. It is therefore advised to carry warm, woolen clothing as winters can get very cold here.

Which is the nearest airport to Haridwar?

The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Haridwar. It is 36 km away.

Which is the nearest railway station to Haridwar?

The Haridwar railway station is the closest to the main city. The railway station is just 600 meters away from the Maya Devi Temple and takes only 3 minutes to travel.

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