The Daksh Mahadev


The Daksh Mahadev Temple:

It is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too. Lovers of Hindu mythology cannot avoid a visit to the Daksha Mahadev Temple in Haridwar.

The Daksha Mahadev temple is famous due to its association with an interesting story. as Hindu mythology it is here that King Daksha had done yagna. They also think that Hindu Goddess Parvati (Sati) jumped into the holy fire and died as she came to know about the disrespect done to her husband (he was not called to the yagna at Daksha Mahadev temple by King). When Lord Shiva got the news about the sati, A fierce battle erupt between Lord Shiva and her father King Daksha. Lord Shiva took the life of King Daksha who performed yagna. All the Gods appealed Lord Shiva to absolve king Daksha and then the Lord Shiva returned his life but placed the head of a goat on his body. Later on King Daksha realised his mistakes and confess to Lord Shiva. However, at last Lord Shiva returned the life of King Daksha. So, the Daksha Mahadev temple is a expression of this interesting story and is regarded in high regard by Hindus.

Other than its Hindu religious importance, Daksha Mahadev temple is a marvelous piece of architecture by the side of calmly flowing River Ganga. The temple compound also has a tiny temple devoted to River Ganga in its area.

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