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Daksheswara Mahadev Temple

Located in the state of Uttarakhand in the town of Kankhal is Daksheswara Mahadev Temple. The temple is also known by the name of Daksha Prajapati Mandir. The temple is located 4 kms near to Haridwar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located towards the southern side of the city and is known to be the source of 52 shaktipeeth’s (centers of elemental energy) on the earth. The temple is a holy place for Hindus and especially devotees of Lord Shiva. The temple has Shiv Linga on one side which is worshipped by offering water by devotees.


As per Hindu mythology, father of Sati, King Daksha Prajapati’s name is given to the temple. Out of the fourteen Prajapati’s, King Daksha was one of the creator idols who had control over procreation and who was termed as the guardian of life. As per Hindu sacred book and Mahabharata, King Daksha Prajapati had performed Yagna (a ritual submission of prayers by performing Vedic mantras and presenting herbal preparations in the holy fire) in which he did not invite Lord Shiva (Sati’s husband). She set herself on fire because she felt that her father insulted her husband. Lord Shiva then announced a war with the gods, resulting in the execution of King Daksha.

Daksheswara Mahadev Temple was built in 1810 by Queen Dhankaur and then was re-built in 1962. Nagara style architecture will be seen in Daksheswara Mahadev Temple. More information on Daksheswara Mahadev Temple and King Daksha Prajapati can be found in Vayu Purana.


On Shivratri, special sacred ceremonies are performed by devotees at the temple, as the auspicious day is said to be the marriage day of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti.

Places to Visit

Near to Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is Yajnashala temple which has an old tree. The tree displays a blend of three different roots intermixed together in such a way that the onlooker cannot identify the difference. Also, next to the temple is Das Mahavidya temple which is dedicated to Mahavidya. Opposite to Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is Shree Ma Anandamayi Ashram and dedicated to Lord Shiva is Parad shivling temple. The main attraction of the ashram is the Rudraksha tree. Nileshwar Mahadev Temple and Daksha Ghat are the nearby attractions to visit.

How to Reach

Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is 35 kms away from Rishikesh and 5 kms away from Haridwar station. A rickshaw can be hired to reach to the temple and move around and visit nearby attractions.


It is 210 kms from Delhi but 35 kms distant from Jolly Grant Airport situated in Dehradun which is comparatively nearer.


The nearest railway station is Haridwar, from which a rickshaw or cab can be hired to reach the temple.

Where to Stay

There are plenty accommodation options to stay near Daksheswara Mahadev Temple. Some of them are –

  • Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel located in Haridwar
  • The Urmi Hotel situated in Haridwar close to Mansa Devi Temple and Har-ki-Pair Ghat
  • La Casa Hotel Near Laltarao Bridge Haridwar
  • Aalia Hotels and Resorts located in Kangri-Nazibabad Road, Haridwar
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson located in Haridwar
  • Hotel Midtown located in Haridwar
  • Hotel Godwin in Haridwar

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