September 3, 2014

Lal Devi Temple - Haridwar

Site Name: Lal Devi Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Haridwar, Uttarakhand state, India
Highlights: Replica of Vaishno Devi cave temple, Amarnath Shiva Linga and other main temples of India
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 35 kms from Haridwar
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options including low cost and free accommodation such as ashrams
Restaurants: Varieties of options - but only vegetarian

Haridwar is a religious city located on the banks of the beautiful Ganges river in Uttarakhand state of India. The city is an ancient city and has so many sacred places and temples for Hindus. It is considered as one of the seven most sacred sites of Hindus. Haridwar is dotted with a lot of religiously important sites such as temples and ghats. Let us explore a popular temple called Lal Devi Temple in this article.

Lal Devi temple was built in 1990s. The temple is dedicated to Lal Devi, a female saint. It was built by the ashram of that saint. The temple is built on an artificial hill and has an artificial cave also.

The outside of the temple is full of large stucco images of Hindu deities such as Ganeshji, Hanuman, Surya seated on the chariot pulled by seven horses and driven by his charioteer Aruna and Ram, Lakshman and Sita seated on a boat rowed by Guha.

Inside the temple, there is a replica of the popular cave temple of Vaishno Devi. There is another replica of the popular Amarnath Shiva Linga idol. Similarly, there is a shrine dedicated to the famous and the richest temple Tirupati Balaji. Another shrine enshrines Meenakshi of Madurai city whereas there is a separate shrine for Kumari Amman from the southernmost city of India, Kanyakumari. 

The temple is full of shrines and large sized idols. Some of the idols found in the temple apart from what was mentioned above are:

  • Lakshmi Narayana
  • Ganesha
  • Sheetla
  • Chamunda
  • Krishna and Radha
  • Mumbayi Devi
  • Kali and Shiva
  • Krishna
  • Narasimha along with Prahalata
  • Parashurama
  • Kali
  • Santoshi
  • Shiv Pariwar
  • Ram Darbar
  • Hanuman
  • Dakorji
  • Satya Narayan
  • Pancha Mukha Anjaneya
  • Lal Devi
  • Vithala
  • Saraswati 
  • Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra
  • Badrinath
  • Shiva and Parvati
  • Dattatreya
  • Lakshmi
  • Durga
  • Vishnu
  • Rameshwar Dham
  • Kedarnath Dham
  • Dwarakadeesh
  • 12 Jyotir Lingas
Happy travelling.

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