|Date built:||11th century|
|Address:||Upper Road, Birla Ghat, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249401|
Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Maya in the holy city of Haridwar of Uttarakhand state in India. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell in the region where the temple stands today and thus it is sometimes referred to as a Shakti Peetha.
Goddess Maya is the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Shakti. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Templeand Mansa Devi Temple.
The temple dates back to the eleventh century. It is one of the three ancient temples of Haridwar which are still intact, the other two being Narayana-shila and Bhairava Temple. The inner shrine consists of murtis (icons) of goddesses Maya in the centre, Kali on the left, Kamakhya on the right. There are also two other goddesses who are also forms of Shakti, present in the inner shrine. The temple is located to the east of Har ki Pauri and is easily accessible by buses and auto rickshaws. It is regarded as a must visit for devotees going to Haridwar.
The temple is visited by many devotees from various parts of the country especially during the Navratra and the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar.
Legend / Local stories
Maya devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya. Maya Devi temple is among the oldest temples of India. Goddess Maya is believed to be one of the form of Goddess Shakti. Maya Devi temple is located in the Dev bhoomi, Haridwar, Uttrakhand state, India. The temple is believed to be built in 11th century. The temple is among 53 siddha-peetha and also among panch-teertha in Haridwar. The devotees offer Coconut, flowers, garlands and incense sticks to the Devi.
When King Daksheshwar did not invite Lord Shiva in the havan, then Devi Sati felt insulted and took Her life by jumping into the havan fire. The Lord Shiva started to move around the universe carrying the dead body of Devi Sati inn His hands. It is believed that at that time only the heart and Naval of Devi Sati fell at this place. After that Maya Devi temple was constructed at this place.
Devotees come to worship the Devi in large gatherings during the Navratras. In the Maya Devi temple, The deity is shown to have three faces and four arms. Maya devi carries an idol of Kali devi in Her left hand and idol of Kamakhya devi in Her right hand. Maya Devi is one of the three Shakti peetha in Haridwar. The other two being are Chandi devi and Mansa devi. These three temple together make a triangle. It is said that Haridwar was known as Mayapuri once in history. The temple is situated in the east direction from Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar. Buses and auto rickshaws are easily available to reach this temple.
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