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Hinduism: Shakti Peeth Mata Dhari Devi Temple Chandra Dhari Devi Temple - Legend & History: As per the legend the upper part of Goddess Kali is believed here, while lower part is in Kalimath and praised as Goddess Kali. Locals also believed that the appearance changes with time from a girl, to a woman and then to an old lady. There is a legend about the name behind the Dhari devi temple. Once the temple was washed off by floods and the idol of Goddess Kali struck against the rock. The villages of the Dharo village nearby heard the divine voice of Goddess and then fixed the idol of Goddess Kali at this spot. After then this temple is known as Dhari Devi temple. Legends also believed that the Dhari Devi idol shall not be put under any roof. So there is always an open sky above idols in Dhari Devi Temple. Taking photographs of Dhari Devi idols is strictly prohibited. Due to the Srinagar Hydel Project, Dhari Devi Temple has to relocate from its original site. Many believers connects 2013 Uttarakhand Floods to the Goddess ire as Dhari Devi is the guardian of Uttarakhand and protector of Char Dhams. Devotees visit Dhari Devi all round the year but during Navratras the number of visitors increases by manifold. Image: Incredible & Divine Misty View of Shakti Peeth Mata Dhari Devi Temple. Srinagar - Rudraprayag Highway, Uttarakhand. On the banks of Alaknanda river, the holy temple of Goddess Dhari Devi is located between Srinagar and Rudraprayag on Badrinath Road. Dhari Devi Temple diety is Maa Dhari Devi. A TO Z INDIA AUGUST 2022 PAGE 35

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