Daksheswar Mahadev Temple or Daksha Mahadev is an ancient and famous Shiva temple in Kankhal, Haridwar, Uttarakhand State. Kankhal was the kingdom of King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati Devi and the temple is named after him. Sri Daksheshwar Temple was originally built in AD 1810. by Queen Dhankaur. However, the temple was rebuilt again in 1962. This is one of the oldest temples in Haridwar. The temple houses a Yajna Kund as well as a 1000-year-old banyan tree. The Daksha ghat allows worshipers to bathe in the holy Ganges.
Kankhal Daksheswar Mahadev Temple represents the architectural style of Nagara and has a single spire located in the center of the temple, surrounded by small domes. This place is one of the five holy places of Haridwar. In the center of the temple, devotees can see the sacred idol of Shiva installed in phallic form. Next to the main temple is the Das Mahavidya temple, dedicated to the Mahavidyas (Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi & Kamala). A temple for River Ganga is in the complex. A large number of devotees visit this temple during the Maha Shivaratri festival.
Kankhal Sri Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Kankhal Daksha Mahadev Mandir History:
Daksheswar Mahadev Temple is located where King Daksha held a great Yajna in the past. Lord Shiva and Devi Sati were not invited to this Yajna even though Lord Shiva was Daksha’s son-in-law. However, Sati Devi Daksha’s daughter attended the Yagna. Daksha insulted Lord Shiva in the Yagna. Feeling insulted by her father’s behavior, Sati sacrificed her life in the fire of Yagna. This is where Sati gave his life and Daksha was beheaded by Shiva’s gan. Through repentance and repentance, Daksha was brought back to life to replace his head with a goat head.
Kankhal Daksha Shiva Temple Address:
Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple,
Uttarakhand – 249407.