Surkanda Devi is a temple situated in Tehri District. It lies close to nearby hill stations of Dhanaulti and Chamba and walking distance of approx 3 km from Kaddukhal.
It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a charming view of the neighbouring region including the Himalayas to the north, and certain cities of south (Dehradun, Rishikesh), a festival called Ganga Dussera is celebrated every year in May and June and attracts a lot of public.
One of the most importunate traditions concerning the origin of worship at the site is related with the fable of Sati who was the wife of the ascetic god Shiva. King Daksha (father of Devi Sati) was not happy with his son in law and when he arranged a grand yajna for all the deities except Lord Shiva. Getting angry by his father, Devi Sati jumped herself into the Yajna Kund fire. After hearing about the death of Sati, he got angry and started doing Tandava. Afraid of Shiva’s anger, other deities prayed to Lord Vishnu to calm Shiva. He threw his Sudarshana to destroy the dead body of Devi Sati. Sati’s corpse fell down into the pieces and Shivaji left without her body. After seeing this, Shiva sat down to do Maha Tap. According to the myths, there were 51 pieces of burnt body of devi Sati dropped at various places of India (these places are called Shakti peethas). Her head was dropped here where the temple of Devi Surkanda is standing here.
How to reach
One can reach the temple from the southwest via Dehradun. It is located on a mount and devotees can reach there after a steep 1 km trek, from Kaddukhal village, on the road named Dhanaulti Chamba.