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8 Spontaneous Things About Dev Bhoomi……..

Hey there!!!  Planning  for a religious trip??? Then Uttarakhand is going to completely mesmerize you. As we know Uttarakhand is also known as “Dev Bhoomi” which means “The Land of God” in English . The title of  Dev Bhoomi is given to Uttarakhand by Rishis and Munis .

Legends say that many Devis  and  Devtas live in these region . Sidhas  and Sadhus come to Uttarakhand  for meditation. Therefore if you will go to a place where someone meditated or  worshiped , you will also get benefited by his act because many  rishi and munis stayed here. So people come here and get benefited.

Top religious places in Uttarakhand

1.Char Dham Yatra

In Uttarakhand there are four diamonds of Himalayas collectively referred as “Chota Char Dham of India “ and popular as Char Dham Yatra  which  includes  four  holy  shrines  of  Hindus:  Kedarnath , Badrinath, Gangotri  and  Yamunotri . In  Hindu  religion , Char Dham Yatra have a great importance, as a result  it is considered that every Hindu should do Chardham yatra at least once in a lifetime.

All of these temples are situated within the Garwhal region of  Uttarakhand state in North India. Among four Sacred sites Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the other hand, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddess Ganga and Yamuna rivers respectively.


This is the place where one of the heroic characters of the epic Mahabharata, “Karana” worshiped the god of sun, finally getting the name as Karnaprayag. So this temple is devoted to both Karana and Uma. The place is situated on the foot hills of Badrinath and at the exact convergence of the two rivers of Pindar and Alaknanda.
The  epic character “Karna” meditated at Karnaprayag for numerous years in order to attain the shield which would make him a very strong warrior who would be difficult to defeat.

Another famous history associated with place is that, the great swami Vivekananda stayed and meditated for a stretch of 18 long days with the famous Guru Turainandhji, Akharananda and Guru Bhai for peace of mind.

3. Har Ki Pauri

This place is considered as the  most  sacred  bathing ghat as on the banks of the holy river Ganges serves as a major landmark in Haridwar , Uttarakhand. Also known as Brahmakund , Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the exit  point of  the  river Ganga from the mountains into the plains. It is also the area where thousands of pilgrims assemble to begin the festivities during the Kumbha Mela.

4. Jhula Devi temple

Jhula Devi Temple is a place of attraction at Ranikhet  hill  Station. The countless bells that hang around the temple compound are a testimony to the divine and the healing powers of “Maa Jhula Devi”.It is said that the Temple is nearly 700 years old.

According to a mythology, this temple was built to seek  Durga’s protection for the wild  animals in the place.The idol of Goddess Durga is said to have been placed by a shepherd from a particular spot after being guided so by the goddess herself in his dream. This temple is made on the same spot from where this idol was obtained. A Rama Mandir dedicated to Lord Rama also resides at top of this Jhula Temple, on the Kumaon Hill.

5. Rishikesh

Rishi, meaning “seer,” was a name given to monks living in caves in the surrounding hills, holy men to whom the Vedas were originally revealed. Rishikesh’s spiritual origins stem from Hindu mythology that Lord Rama was sentenced to penance at this spot, for killing Ravana the demon god of Lanka.

Today, Rishikesh is known as the “the world capital of yoga.” It is home to hundreds of internationally renowned ashrams, including the Sivananda Ashram of Divine Light Society, and thousands of meditation, yoga, enlightenment and  spiritual courses.

6. Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi is one of the most popular and most visited temples of Haridwar, Uttarakhand. The temple is  dedicated to Mansa Devi , a form of  Shakti .This temple has two idols of the  presiding deity, one with three mouths and  five arms and the other with eight arms. One of the major Siddh  peethas in India, this temple is the apex of Siddh peetha triangle, which is formed by the trio of Mansa Devi, Maya Devi and Chandi Devi.

7. Nanda Devi Temple in Nainital

Situated alongside the northern shore of the Naini Lake, this temple is dedicated to Goddess “Sati” and is counted amongst the 64 Shakti Peethas devoted to Her. According to mythological legends, while Lord Shiva was carrying Goddess Sati’s  mortal remains to Mount Kailash her eye fell at this spot. This is how She began to be worshipped as ‘Naina’, which means eye on translation.

The Nanda Devi Temple (also known as Naina devi Temple) is one of the most important places of religious significance in Nainital. It is also the venue of the Nanda Devi Mahotsav, which is a grand religious celebration organised to honour Ma Nanda and Sunanda – two local goddesses.

8. Koteshwar temple

This  place is presumed to be the same spot where Lord Shiva had stopped for meditation on his way to Kedarnath. According to a local mythology  this temple  has its presence since the  time of bhasmasur (Demon)  who got a boon from Lord Shiva that who so ever’s  head will be touched by  him,  will be turned  into bhasma or ashes. Seeing the powerful effects of this boon he tried to bhasm Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva kept on hiding from place to place and  finally came to this place which was a cave, Lord Shiva resided here for some  time meditating Lord Vishnu and finally Lord Vishnu helped him by taking Mohini  avtar  and tricking  Bhasmasur to place his hand on his own head  due to which  Bhasmasur turned into ashes. Thus Vishnu killed the demon.

The temple is filled with amazing energy /aura and one can feel it. Drops of water seeping through the cave,drops on the Lingam. Just a few meters below, lies the Alaknanda river.

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