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Sati Kund

Apart from being blessed with bountiful supplies of nature, the state of Uttaranchal is also steeped in religious myhts and legends. Hindu myhtological sites are strewn all over. One of these sacred sites is the Sati Kund ( a holy tank named after Sati, Lord Shiva's consort). The Sati Kund occupies a place at Kankhal, lying at a distance 4 km from the pilgrimage town of Haridwar. The Kankhal region has a number of other mythological sites for travellers to visit. Sati Kund, which commemorated the death of Sati, is one of the most visited here. The town of Kankhal is both popular and historic. The place finds its mention as Kanakhala in the sacred scriptures of the Hindus including the Vayu Purana and the Mahabharata.


Sati Kund

Sati Kund is actually the site of the Yagna Kund, the sacrificial fire. According to Hindu traditions, it is the tank where Sati (Lord Shiva's wife) put herself to fire. Sati burnt herself in the wake of the insulting demeanor of hes father Daksha Prajapati towards Lord Shiva. This yagna kund is today famously known as Sati Kund. Goddess Sati (also known as Dakshayani) is worshipped particularly by Hindu women to pray for the long lives of their husbands. As per the Hindu mythology, Dakshayani is the first wife of Lord Shiva while Parvati is the second one.

The town of Kankhal, where Sati Kund is located, is a must visit place both for devotees as well as travellers. When Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, visited Haridwar in 1504 AD, he also paid a visit to Kankhal. Sister Nivedita (1867-1911), a disciple of Swami Vivekananda, has also mentioned the town in her travelogue. While you visit the Sati Kund in Kankhal, you can never miss to see the Daksheswara Mahadev Temple, the biggest attractions here.