Marriage is one of the biggest decisions in an individual’s life and once you tie the knot, your life changes forever. It’s not only about you and your partner but it’s also about the people you love and care about the most and that includes your parents, friends, relatives, godparents and many others. If you are planning to visit Uttarakhand after getting married, then don’t forget to include these temples into your itinerary because these are considered holy by the locals and visitors who visit them every year to seek blessings from their gods and goddesses.
1) Surkanda Devi Temple
Surkanda Devi Temple is a very important temple situated in Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand. This Temple is dedicated to Goddess Sati, who fell at Uttarkashi. As per beliefs, after her death she was given rebirth as 'Parvati' by Lord Shiva. This temple is believed to be made with 'Rudraksha', which actually got formed by Parvati and will stay the same forever.
2) Naina Devi Temple
Situated in Dehradun, on the way to Mussoorie, Naina Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple was consecrated in 1743 and holds great religious significance for Hindus. Naina Devi Temple is situated on a hill about 50 km from Pauri in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India. The temple is one of five temples which are located at Panch Prayag (confluence of five rivers) and is said to be very auspicious. Naina Devi Temple has great religious significance for Hindus and even non-Hindus who visit it to seek blessings from Naina Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The temple is also visited by devotees during Navratri as well as during Shivratri fairs. There are many legends associated with Naina Devi Temple, but according to Hindu mythology, Goddess Sati’s eye fell here after her body was chopped into pieces by Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshan Chakra when she self-immolated herself after being insulted by her father Daksha Prajapati for marrying Lord Shiva against his wishes.
3) Bhairavnath Temple
The Bhairavnath Temple is located at Lohaghat. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. However, it is believed that both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshiped here in a single form as Lord Bhairavnath. It is said that there was once a great demon named Kans who had taken control of all of Kashi (Varanasi). It was then that Lord Shiva took incarnation as Bhairavnath and killed Kans with his powerful weapon ‘Trishul’. As per another legend, it is said that when Goddess Parvati asked her husband Lord Shiva about her parents’ welfare while she was living with him on Mount Kailash; he didn’t give her any reply. This made her angry and she left for Kashi along with her two sons Ganesh and Kartikeya. On reaching Kashi, she found out that Lord Shiva had cut off their heads after finding them drunk. Upon hearing about what happened to them, Goddess Parvati became furious and went back to Mount Kailash where she cursed Lord Shiva that he would also lose his head if someone were to pierce it.
4) Nanda Devi- Almora
Though it is not considered a major pilgrimage by Hindus, Nanda Devi-Almora Temple is still one of those temples that every couple should visit when they get married. Located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, Nanda Devi Temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Parvati and her consort Lord Shiva. Hindus consider a visit to the Nanda Devi temple after marriage as an auspicious event.
5) Dunagiri Temple- Almora
It is situated on a hillock in Almora, Uttarakhand. The temples of Dunagiri are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bageshwar Kali, both local deities of Almora. If you want to get a clear look at the Himalayas while enjoying your honeymoon in north India then don’t forget to visit Dunagiri temple during the summer months which are March-April.
A wedding is a time of celebration and a new start in life, but it can also be stressful as you try to fit in a million activities into your day. To help make sure that your trip goes smoothly, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite temples in Uttarakhand for newlyweds. We hope that our suggestions will make your trip even more enjoyable!