Dhari Devi Temple, Uttarakhand

Dhari Devi Temple, Uttarakhand

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Since time immemorial, locals here have claimed that angering Dhari Devi, a form of Goddess Kali, will result in destruction.

And their faith has seemingly been avenged, albeit in a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. On the evening of June 16, 2013, the idol of the goddess was uprooted from its ancient temple, located near Srinagar (Garhwal), for a Hyde-power project. Hours after the idol was moved a cloudburst hit the Kedarnath valley, washing away the entire shrine town and killing hundreds of people. As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess' ire when she was shifted from her 'mool sthan' which means the 'original abode' to make way for a 330 MW hydel project that lies in ruins after the flood.

A similar attempt was done in the year 1882 by a local king which resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath. The legend also has it that the idol of Dhari Devi should not be kept under a roof, so the idol is always kept under the sky.

Dhari Devi is a much-worshiped goddess of the region. Local people believe that the stone carved deity changes faces - from a girl to a woman to an old lady - as the day progresses.

Located between Srinagar and Rudraprayag on the banks of Alaknanda River in Kalyasaur, This shrine has the deity of Maa Dhari Devi and it was relocated from the 20 m high rock to a man-made structure in the year 2013.  A manifestation of Goddess Kali, Dhari Devi is reckoned to be the protector of the Char Dhams. According to the legend, Dhari Devi is the guardian deity of Uttarakhand.  Taking pictures in the temple is prohibited. Devotees come here to worship the goddess round the year but during the Navratras, the number of pilgrims increases and people come here to get blessings. Chaitra Navratri and Ashwin Navratra are observed and celebrated in this temple. The festivals of Dussehra, Deepavali and Kartik Purnima are celebrated with great zeal.

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