Saharanpur simply means – the holy Shaktipeeth shrine of Maa Shakumbhari! Devi Blog
Every year lakhs of people come to Saharanpur even after traveling thousands of kilometers to fulfill their unfulfilled wishes, to apply the feet-raj of Maa Shakumbhari Devi’s court on their forehead. It is not at all necessary that they should have any attraction towards Saharanpur city. They have only one goal – to reach the Maa Shakumbhari, which is situated in the foothills of Shivalik, about forty-two km from the city.
It is not possible for any vehicle to reach the court in the rainy season because when the rainy river falling on the way comes in its rough form, it is not easy to control the bus or truck in its rapid flow, car, scooter and What is the chessboard of a motorcycle? But the faster the river rises, the faster it descends.
There is no unanimous opinion among historians and archaeologists regarding the antiquity of this Shaktipeeth. But it is necessary that the recognition of this goddess, who fulfills all the wishes, removes the sufferings, keeps on increasing day by day. Millions of pilgrims every year, Bhandaras running all the time, miles long lines of devotees during Navratras, the immense income being received in the form of offerings to this court is capable of telling its own story.
How to reach Maa Shakumbhari Devi
It is easiest for the visitors coming from Haryana-Punjab or Delhi to go through Saharanpur. For this, one has to go north from Saharanpur via Behat on Saharanpur-Vikasnagar-Chakrauta National Highway which is at a distance of twenty-five km from Saharanpur. (Behat is a major tehsil of Saharanpur district). From here the path separates for Shakumbhari Devi Shaktipeeth, which is about fifteen km long.
The last one-kilometer journey is done through the river. This river remains dry for most of the year. If you have reached Saharanpur by your own vehicle then it is not difficult in any way for you to reach the Darbar.
Saharanpur – Vikasnagar National Highway is a busy road, so you can reach Behat without any hassle in any bus going towards Vikasnagar or coming from the Vikasnagar side. In the days of Navratri, you will find hundreds and thousands of villagers in bullock carts, in hotel buggies, Tractors will be found walking in trolleys or on foot, praising the mother. There is no dearth of people who cover the distance till the Durbar by lying down on the road.
Many buses are also run from Saharanpur especially for Goddess Shakumbhari Devi Darshan which meets Behat bus stand located in Saharanpur. Private taxis (Indica, Tavera, Innova, Sumo, etc. are also easily available in Saharanpur city if you want to take full cabs.
How to reach Dehradun – Rishikesh – Roorkee – Haridwar?
For those coming from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, it is not necessary to reach Saharanpur to reach Behat. There is a good road on Dehradun-Delhi National Highway from near Chhutmalpur to Kalsia-Behat. About twenty-one km long this road connects Saharanpur – Vikasnagar – Chakrata Highway (ie Delhi Yamunotri Highway) with Dehradun – Saharanpur – Delhi Highway. Therefore, pilgrims coming from Dehradun, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rishikesh can reach Behat by taking the Fatehpur-Kalsia road which opens at 2 km from Chhutmalpur towards Dehradun.
Although, soon after crossing the Shivalik mountain range, from Badshahibagh on Vikasnagar – Saharanpur road and from Mohand on the Dehradun – Saharanpur – Delhi highway, the unpaved road leads directly to the Shakumbhari temple, but the entire bus in the forest falling on this path So the police personnel also advise you not to try to become a hero by using this crude route. He will not be responsible if anything untoward happens.
First Darshan of Baba BhuraDev Mandir
Maa darshan is considered incomplete without seeing Bhuradev, the exclusive servant of Maa Shakumbhari Devi. The Behat-Shakumbhari road ends at the temple of Baba Bhura Dev. It is a popular belief that one should visit Baba Bhura Dev before having a darshan of Maa Shakumbhari Devi. Therefore all the pilgrims stop here, have darshan of Baba Bhuradev, after completing the remaining one-kilometer journey on foot or by their vehicle, reach the court of Maa Shakumbhari Devi.
statues in the main court
The Shakumbhari Devi temple has four idols in the form of Pindi – Shakumbhari Devi, Bhima Devi, and Bhramari Devi on her right and Shatakshi Devi on her left. In the eleventh chapter of Durga Saptashati, these goddesses are introduced as different forms of Durga. The idols maybe four, but this temple is originally believed to be of Goddess Shakumbhari.
(At many places you can also see Shakumbhari Devi written in place of Shakumbhari Devi.) Use of cameras and mobile is prohibited inside this temple. The temple administrators seem to have made arrangements to sell the pictures inside the temple separately.
Chhinnamasta Devi Temple
On the way back from Shakumbhari Devi temple, climbing several steps on the right-hand side, another temple is visible which is of Maa Chhinnamasta. Recently, the stairs of this temple have been renovated and railings have also been installed on both sides. There is also a wish-fulfilling tree in the courtyard of this temple, on which the person who comes with a wish tie a thread and after the fulfillment of the wish comes again and opens the thread. Many such people also organize Bhandara in Dharamshalas located in the Maa Shakumbhari Devi complex.
There is no proper arrangement for night rest for the devotees in Shakumbhari Devi, this should be considered. Even in the two or three dharamshalas, there is no possibility of getting beds/cots and beds. If someone wants to sleep by putting his bed on the door, then that much arrangement can be done. Generally, these Dharamshalas are used only for organizing Bhandara during the day. The confectioners and their artisans reach here at night with ration and utensils and stove etc. And those who are organizing the Bhandara, come in the morning and after the Bhandara is over by noon, they return after that.
Maa Shakumbhari Devi Jayanti Celebrations
In the second week of January, Maa Shakumbhari Devi Jayanti celebrations are organized with great pomp by Shankaracharya Ashram located in the Shakumbhari Devi complex.
The Navratri fair held in the court of Shakumbhari Devi temple attracts devotees not only from nearby villages and cities but also from far and wide. It is not that some special items can be bought at the fair. But during the 9 days of Navratri, thousands of devotees come in tractor trolleys, buses, cars, scooters,s, and motorcycles in the longing to see the mother, there is no shortage of pedestrians too.