Chandi Devi Temple is one of the three Siddha Peeths of Haridwar, and a must-visit temple you should visit during your trip to Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021. Chandi Devi, the main idol of Chandi Devi Temple, is the divine incarnation of Parvati. It is believed that Chandi Devi or Chandika rested at the spot where the temple is built after slaying the demon brothers Chanda-Munda and Shumbha-Nishumbha.
Although Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir built this temple in 1929, the main idol was installed by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century. The temple is built on a small hillock called Neel Parvat, and is built at an elevation of 2900 metres (9500 ft). The ropeway to the temple called Chandi Devi Udankhatola offers breath-taking views of River Ganga and Haridwar. The ropeway ride takes only 5-10 minutes. But If you like trekking, there is a 3 km long trekking route from Chandighat. It is a steep climb that could last for about 45 minutes, and you will have to climb a number of steps in order to reach the temple.
It is advised to start early morning to avoid the crowds that are lined up to buy the tickets to the ropeway. Chandi Devi Temple is open from 5 am to 7 pm. A small temple devoted to Anjana, the mother of Hanuman is very close to Chandi Devi Temple. You can buy the combo ticket to visit both Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi Temples together.