Daksheswara Mahadev temple is Lord Shiva temple, located about 4km from Haridwar, in the town of Kankhal. It is named after King Daksha Prajapati, who was the father of Devi Sati (wife of Lord Shiva). Daksha is one of the fourteen Prajapatis. The temple attracts many devotees of Lord Shiva from across the country. A large number of the devotees come here in the month of Sawan and on the occasion of Shivratri, the number of the footfall is countless. Devotees offer their prayers to Lord Shiva to seek his blessings and fulfil their wishes.
As mentioned in the texts of Hinduism, King Daksha Prajapati, the father of lord Shiva’s first wife, Gauri performed Yagya at the place where the temple is situated at Kankhal. Sati felt insulted when her father did not invited Shiva to the ritual, but she attended the yagna and burnt herself in the Yajna Kunda itself. Shiva got angry and culminated in the beheading of Daksha, who was later given the head of a goat at the request of Brahmaji and other gods. King Daksha apologized for his fault, after that Lord Shiva declared that Kankhal would be his domicile during the month of Sawan. After that, Lord Shiva carried the body of the burnt Sati and rambled across the universe. To make Shiva free from his deep grief, Lord Vishnu chopped off Sati’s dead body to separate it from Shivaji. The several parts of the Sati’s dead body were dropped on earth, where later on became all the Shaktipeethas. The place where the whole incidence of yajna event was held, later the Daksheshwar Temple built.
Location and Interior
The current temple was built in the year 1810 by Queen Dhankaur and rebuilt in the year 1962. The main temple (along with other temples like Dasham Vidya Temple, Hanuman Temple etc.) is situated at the bank of the river Ganges at the peak of the Shivalik Ranges in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The temple has a Yajna Kund at the one part and a Shiva Linga is installed on the other part. On the walls of the temple, the story of the Yajna of King Daksheshwar was depicted. An ancient sacred Banyan tree (about 1000 years old) is also situated.
How to reach
By Air : Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport
just 30 kms away
By Railways : the nearest railway station is Haridwar which