Three or four days back, I visited Shakumbhari Devi with my family.
Shakumbhari Devi is a beautiful temple situated in Behat Town of Saharanpur District in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Though, most of the area in Uttar Pradesh is plain, the temple is situated in Shivalik Hills, surrounded by Rajaji National Park.
The temple is still maintained by the Ranas, the royal family of Jasmour area.
The story is literally peculiar. During Devasur Sangram, Most of the devtas hid in the nearby forests. There was no food and water around. Famine like conditions arose. They prayed to Mata Shakti.
Upon hearing the grief, she cried and her tears formed the river which you can see even now. Further, she grew fruits and vegetables on her skin to help them. Hence she found her way over here.
There are many other stories in the scriptures.
My mundan sanskar was also done in a Sanskrit Dharmshala nearby.
Before going to visit Shakumbhari Devi, one is supposed to pray in the temple of Bhura Mahadev as well.
Shakumbhari Devi is our kuldevi(Ancestral goddess).
Though, I wasn’t able to click inside the temple as photography is not allowed; but I clicked some pictures around the temple.
|A flute player was playing the flute with his nose.
|These are the temple bells which are rung together during the morning aarti.
|This is me.
|Bangles arranged in the market.
|A pyramid shaped mound of vermilion at a shop.
Following are the other articles I found in the market.