Proper Name: Maya Devi Mandir
Location: Haridwar Uttarakhand India
History: 11th century
Mandir Creator: Unknown
Important festivals: Unknown
How To Reach: Maya Devi Temple is located at a distance of 1.5km from Har ki Pauri. 2kms for Bus stand or Railway station.
Walking distance for road
The temple of Maya Devi carries a lot of significance in the mythological history of Haridwar. Visitors to this holy town make a beeline to seek the blessings of goddess Maya Devi to whom the temple is dedicated. The temple is more popular among visitors because it completes the Siddhapeeth Triangle in Haridwar along with the temples Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi. A pilgrim's visit to Haridwar is deemed to be incomplete without visiting the Mansa Devi Temple.
The temple has an ancient history. It's mythological history goes long back to the 11th century. Maya Devi, to whom the temple is dedicated, is believed to be the goddess of shakti (meaning power).
Like other popular temples in Haridwar, the Maya Devi temple is also associated with an interesting legend. Hindus believe that Sati (Lord Shiva's spouse) burnt herself to take revenge for his father's insult by her husband. Upon getting the news of Sati being burnt, Lord Shiva was filled with rage. He then took Sati's burnt body and set off on a tour across the universe.
During Lord Shiva's tour, different body parts (as they were burnt) fell down in different locations of the world. According to the Hindu mythology, Sati's navel fell down where the Maya Devi temple is located today. That's how the Maya Devi Temple came into existence. It is due to this reason that Hindus from all parts of the world hold this temple in high regard.