Daksheswara Mahadev Temple
The most famous temple of the holy city, which is one of its identity markers, is the Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple Kankhal. It is about 6 kilometres from Har-Ki-Pauri, at the southern periphery of the city. This spot is the source of all the 52 Shakti Peethas (centres of primordial energy) in the world.
Haridwar, the world famous centres of pilgrimage and gate-way to the DevBhoomi (the land of the gods)—Uttarakhand, is a city of temple. This is one of the most divine and sacred religious centres for Lord Shiva’s Devotees.
How To Reach:
Daksha Mahadev Temple is only 05 km far from Haridwar
station, 35 km from Rishikesh, 210 km from Delhi, 55 km from Dehradun, 30 km
from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 90 km from Mussoorie. Tourists can go by the
Rickshaw to the Temple.
The genesis of the temple lies in the mythological story narrated in the Shiv Purana. As answer to the prayer of Brahma, one of the trinity of the Hindu gods, Jagdamba or Bhagwati (the supreme shakti) took birth as Sati. She was born in the form of the daughter of his son, Daksh Prajapati who had his kingdom at Kankhal.
Mythology: The myths say that Lord Vishnu, with his Sudarshan Chakra, chopped off the parts of Sati's dead body in order to separate it from Lord Shiva and free him from his deep mourning.
One part of the Temple consists of the Yajna Kund ,
while in the other part, a Shiv Linga has been installed, which is worshipped
by devotees by the offering of water.