The Chandi Devi Mandir of Haridwar is a beautiful temple committed to the Chanda Devi Goddess, set on the top of Neel Parvat of the Shivalik Hills. The Chandi Devi Mandir, also known as Neel Parvat Teerth, is one of the five pilgrimages in Haridwar Uttarakhand and is also known as Siddha Peetha, a place where Hindus pray to fulfill their desire. Because of its location, the Chandi Devi mandir is also a preferred choice for trekkers. You can also reach the Chandi Devi temple by the means of a ropeway, the view from which is cheering.
The historic beauty of Chandi Devi Mandir is best experienced as you travel to your way up to the top of Neel Parvat. With the blooming greenery of the surrounding, you will absolutely feel the presence of the eternal around you. Being one of the oldest and blessed temples in Haridwar, this tample has a huge footfall all over the year. One of the most festive time here is during the festivals of Chandi Chaudas, Navratra and Kumbh Mela when the temple sees astonishing celebrations and big participation. Hindus visits Chandi Devi temple during the festival time.
The famous Hindu temple 'Chandi Devi' was built by Suchat Singh in 1929 who was the ruler of Kashmir. That is why; this Chandi Devi temple was built within the land of his dynasty. This Chandi Devi temple is adding divine greatness to the holy city of Haridwar UttaraKhand at the elevated hill of Neel Parvat on the eastern peak of Shivalik hills. Adi Shankaracharya had setup the prime idol of Chandi Devi there in 8th century. This pilgrimage is one of the 'Panch tirths' and also called as 'Siddha Peetha' where no pilgrim goes with empty hand.
Hindu mythology tells that once beast kings namely Shumbha and Nishumbha threw all the presiding deities out of their abode 'paradise'. The tensed gods urged goddess Parvati to get them released from the despotism of those demon kings. Goddess' heart melted and then, goddess 'Chandi' had transformed herself into the most beautiful maiden. In disguise of gorgeous aesthetic girl, she killed devils' generals Chanda and Munda first who delivered marital proposal forcefully to her on behalf of their cruel kings Shumbha and Nishumbha. Later, both arrogant kings were slaughtered by goddess Chandika (the outrageous form of Goddess Parvati). Subsequently, goddess Chandika lost into infinite sleep on the hills of Neel. This temple was constructed to judge the reality of legend.
Kumbha Mela,Navratra and Chandi Chaudas are the sacred occasion on the eve of which people gather and swarm in Haridwar for seeking devotional satiety and blessing of Chandika Devi.
Another pious temple of goddess Anjana (mother of lord Hanuman) is adorned nearby it. Neeleshwar temple at the foothill of Neel Mountain and Mansa Devi temple on Bilwa Mountain opposite River Ganges are summing up more spirituality to the valley.