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Home » Haridwar Travel Guide » Haridwar Tourist Places » Daksha Mahadev Temple

Daksha Mahadev Temple

Famously known as Daksha Temple, the Dakseshwar Mahadev has the privilege of being counted among five holy places in Haridwar. The ancient temple is located in the Kankhal town, just at a distance of 4 km from the pilgrimage town of Haridwar. Visitors can undertake a scenic walk to reach Kankhal. The location of the temple is very calm and serene and the Himalayas form a perfect backdrop to the scene. While you make a visit to the Daksha Temple in Haridwar, you can also see Birbhadreshwar en route. The shrine was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in 1810 AD. The actual location of the temple is towards the south of the Kankhal town.


Daksha Mahadev Temple

Like most of the other shrines, the Daksha Temple has also associations with a legend. Hindus believe that it is here where King Daksha Prajapati (Sati's father) has observed his yagna (a ritual meant to invoke gods and seek their favour). Legend has it that while the king performed the ritual he did not invite Lord Shiva. On learning this Sati (Lord Shiva's consort) felt deeply insulted and as a result she set herself on fire in the yagna kund. An infuriated Shiva killed king Daksha. However, Shiva later brought Sati's father back to life. The Daksha Temple stands to commemorate the whole incident.

The event being a highly significant one, the Daksha Temple held in high reverence by the Hindus. Pilgrims and devotees from all around come to Kankhal to pay a visit to the temple and seek blessings from the deity. The Birbhadreshwar Temple in Kankhal is another prominent religious site that devotees visit during their tour from Haridwar to Kankhal.