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Mathiyana Devi Mandir

Renowned for being “one among 55 Shakti Peetha Temples” is a Hindu shrine in Uttarakhand known as Mathiyana Devi Mandir.  This “Devi” mandir is located in the Rudraprayag district in close proximity to a village called Silgoan. According to Hindu mythology it was at the site on which this temple currently stands that a body part of Goddess Sati (wife of Lord Shiva) is supposed to have fallen while Shiva was carrying her burnt body across the earth in anger. Additionally, this temple attracts thousands of devotees annually, and is said to represent “devotion” and “faith”.

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a. Best time to visit the Mathiyana Devi Mandir

The ideal time to visit this town is in between March and October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.

b. How to reach Mathiyana Devi Mandir

Mathiyana Devi Mandir Map

1. By train

The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.

  • Via New Delhi

There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7 and via NH9.

  • Via Haridwar:

There are two routes from Haridwar to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via NH34 and NH7.

  • Via Rishikesh:

There are two routes from Rishikesh to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via NH34 and NH7.

  • Via Gurugram:

There are two routes from Gurugram to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7 and via NH9.

  • Via Dehradun:

There are two routes from Dehradun to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via Chamba-Mussorie.

3. By air:

The nearest airport to Haridwar is located in Dehradun. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.

c. Religious significance of the Mathiyana Devi Mandir

According to popular folklore King Daksha, the father Goddess Sati did not invite Lord Shiva his son-in-law for a yagna. The fact that her husband was snubbed enraged Goddess Sati, and in response she committed suicide in the very same fire the yagna was performed in. This angered Lord Shiva who carried his wife’s burnt corpse around the earth. It is then while carrying, that the body parts fell upon various spots on earth. Apparently, a part of Sati’s body fell at the site on which this temple has been built, and hence it is considered to be a part of the “Sidh Peethas”.

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