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Daksheswara Mahadev Temple

Daksheswar Mahadev temple
Daksheswar Mahadev temple is located in Uttarakhand
Daksheswar Mahadev temple
Daksheswar Mahadev temple
Location within Uttarakhand
Other names: Daksh Mahadev Mandir, Daksh Prajapati Mandir
Devanagari: दक्षेश्‍वर महादेव मन्दिर
Country: India
State: Uttarakhand
District: Haridwar
Locale: Kankhal
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Daksheswara Mahadev (Shiva)
Important festivals: Maha Shivaratri, Navratri
Architectural styles: Nagara style
Date built:
(Current structure)
1810 CE
Creator: Queen Dhankaur

Daksheswara Mahadev (Hindi: दक्षेश्‍वर महादेव मन्दिर) or Daksha Mahadev temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the town of Kankhal, about 4 km from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. It is named after King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati. Daksha is one of the fourteen Prajapatis, creator deities, who preside over procreation and are the protector of life in Hindu mythology.

The present temple was built by Queen Dhankaur in 1810 and rebuilt in 1962. It is a place of pilgrimage for Shaivaite devotees on Maha Shivaratri.[1]


  • The legend of Daksha 1
  • Other structures 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

The legend of Daksha

Shivlingam- This is the neck portion of Daksh Prajapati who was decapitated by Maha Rudra

As mentioned in the Mahabharata and other texts of Hinduism, King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati, Shiva's first wife, performed Yagna at the place where the temple is situated. Although Sati felt insulted when her father did not invited Shiva to the ritual, she attended the yagna. She found that Shiva was being spurned by her father and she burnt herself in the Yajna Kunda itself. Shiva got angry and sent his Gaṇas, the terrible demi-god Vīrabhadra and Bhadrakali to the ritual.[2] On the direction of Shiva, Virabhadra appeared with Shiva's ganas in the midst of Daksha's assembly like a storm wind and waged a fierce war with the gods and mortals present culminating in the beheading of Daksha, who was later given the head of a goat at the behest of Brahma and other gods. Much of the details of the Ashvamedha Yagna (Horse Sacrifice) of Daksha are found in the Vayu Purana.

Other structures

Ganga temple within Daksheshwar Mahadev temple complex

Standing next to the main temple is the Das Mahavidya temple, dedicated to the Mahavidyas. It is a venue for devotees of Devi to congregate for special pujas during the Navratri celebrations. There is also a temple in the complex dedicated to Ganga river. Next to the temple is the Daksha Ghat on the Ganges and close by is the Nileshwar Mahadev Temple.


  1. ^ Daksheswara Mahadev Temple
  2. ^ the Horse-sacrifice of the Prajapati Daksha The Mahabharata translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli (1883 -1896], Book 12: Santi Parva: Mokshadharma Parva: Section CCLXXXIV. p. 317. “I am known by the name of Virabhadra’’ and I have sprung from the wrath of Rudra. This lady (who is my companion) is called Bhadrakali and hath sprung from the wrath of the goddess.”

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Religious Places in Haridwar district
  • The story of Daksha - kankhal
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