Chandrabadni Devi Temple – Goddess Sati Torso Fell at This Location

Since last one year wish was to visit Chandrabadni Devi temple. National Highway 58 driving solo Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike covering 66 Kms approx. from Rishikesh to Devprayag and hiring a jeep from Devprayag tehsil for another 33 km I reach Chandrabadni Devi situated at Jurana Village in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

(As you can read Naikhri Village is 1831 meters above sea level. You can guess how high is the mountain where the temple is)

Jeep charges Rs. 1,000 Devprayag tehsil – Chandrabadni temple – Devprayag tehsil.

Rs. 700 I bargain.

I remember during the Lansdowne tour I visited Tarakeshwar Mahadev approx. 76 km to-and-fro and paid Rs. 800. Devprayag – Chandrabadni – Devprayag is 66 Kms only. Rs. 700 is Ok – said I. Driver after a few discussions was convinced but will take more passengers on the way- said he. No problem – said I and I/We reach the temple.

Traveling while someone else is driving especially in mountains is a little scary. People who travel by bus within the mountains are brave. I am comfortable when I am driving. They say I am brave because I travel alone on a motorbike. Really?

Anyways, we reach the temple area. The jeep was parked, and I requested the driver to join. Prasad was purchased. One km of steep walking while passing through Walnut/Burans/Deodar/Pine trees we at the temple. Another 100 plus steep steps and a cemented path – I selected stairs. The priest was present. Offerings, Prayers, and a request to narrate The History of Chandrabadni Devi Temple, festive occasions, and more…

Can you see the crown?

Yes – said I.

Below the crown is Sri-Yantra and is worship. It is said and believed Goddess Sati’s torso fell at this location.

Asus(September-October) and Chaitra (March-April) is the time for Mela(festival).

Kunjapuri Devi, Surkanda Devi, Rajrajeshwari Devi, Jwalpa Devi, Dhari Devi, and many more Siddh Peeth are within Uttarakhand. Chandrabadni Devi is one of them. Altogether there are 108 Siddh Peeth all over the world.

Dharamshala is available for devotees for FREE and another two rooms with 5 beds each for Rs. 50 per bed per day is available. A canteen is there for the food. No need to worry.

Temple timings: 7 morning till 7 evening. Only for 30 minutes closed during afternoon hours.

And I inquire how to reach if someone is not having his/her own vehicle or is unable to book a jeep?

Sharing Jeep, Bus is available from Devprayag tehsil but one has to change at few points. No direct jeep for Chandrabadni Devi temple unless and until one book the entire jeep.

Devprayag tehsil till Hindolakhal – 17 km.

Hindolakhal to Jamnikhal – 7 km

Jamnikhal to Chandrabadni Devi temple – 7 km

One way Rs. 55 will be the cost for Jeep and Rs. 50 for the bus to reach the temple.

Thank you said I and a walk to watch the valley. Deep, green, and beautiful.

New Tehri, Mussoorie, and Uttarkashi is close by. 55, 134, 139 km approx. from Jamnikhal.

Srinagar – 34 km, Dehradun – 114 km from Devprayag tehsil.

I wish to travel more. Wishes unlimited maybe God is listening to fulfill. The journey continues…

Shri Ram Kandmool

Shri Ram Kandmool sold nearby Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

It was written that when Lord Ram was exiled to the forest for 14 years, he ate Kandmool.

Kandmool is cool. Price: Rs. 2 – One piece, Rs. 3 – Five pieces and Rs. 10 – 6 pieces.

Tourist Places in Uttarakhand and Distance from Rishikesh

This photo was taken nearby Chandrabhaga bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

(Distance from Rishikesh in Kms/Height above Sea Level in meters)

Kaudiyala 38 / 490, Devprayag 70 / 580, Srinagar 105 / 601, Rudraprayag 137 /610, Gauri Kund 209 / 1982, Gauchar 161 / 778, Karnaprayag 172 / 775, Nandaprayag 191 / 885, Chamoli 202 / 970, Gopeshwar 212 / 1500, Pipalkoti 218 / 1259, Joshimath 252 / 1846, Auli 268 / 3050, Govindghat 273 / 1829, Badrinath 296 / 3096, Mana 299 / 3130

Bhairav Garhi Temple (Kirtikhal) – Considered to be the Protector of Garhwal Mandal

Bhairav Garhi Temple is situated at Kirtikhal approx. 18 km from Lansdowne.

Lansdowne > Gumkhal ( 12.5 km )

Gumkhal > Bhairav Garhi temple, Kirtikhal ( 5.5 km )

I stop the motorbike at Kirtikhal during the journey to Rishikesh from Lansdowne. If you are not traveling by your own vehicle you can hire sharing jeep. And the approx. traveling cost:

Lansdowne to Gumkhal – Rs. 15

Gumkhal to Kirtikhal – Rs. 4 / 5

To reach the temple you have to climb approx. 2 km i.e., 40 mins. walk.

Upon query a local shared the history of the temple:

It is believed years ago Bhairav temple was at Hanuman Garhi (earlier known as Langur Garhi). When Gorkha attacked Garhwal, Lord Bhairav location was shifted to another hill now known as Bhairav Garhi. It is situated at approx. 9000 plus feet elevation. At Hanuman Garhi nowadays Lord Hanuman deity is present. Bhairav Garhi is a Siddh Peeth.

Hanuman Garhi and Bhairav Garhi are situated at a distance of 2 km approx.

May end or early June festival is organized by locals. And another one-month festival from 15 July – 15 August.

Bread Pakora with Pudina ki Chatni as Snacks

Juyal Tea Stall, Kotdwara – Lansdowne Highway, near Durga Devi Temple, Dugadda

Duggada is approx. 10 plus km from Kotdwar and 30 km from Lansdowne.

Juyal Tea Stall is run by Vivek Gyani / Ashish. Bread Pakora and mouth-watering pudina-ki-chatni I had. What I like the most was pudina-ki-chatni. No matter how much I had, the urge to have more was there. Excellent preparation.