Daksheswar Mahadev Temple is one of the many temples that you must visit during Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021. It is named after Daksh Prajapati, the father of Sati. The temple is in Kankhal, which is 6 km from Har ki Pauri. It was built by Queen Dhankaur in 1810 and rebuilt in 1962.
According to a mythological legend, the temple is built at the place where Daksh Prajapati performed Ashwamedha Yagna and insulted Lord Shiva by not inviting him. Daksh Prajapati’s daughter Sati who went to the Yagna, could not bear the insults and immolated herself in the yagna fire. The legend of Daksh Prajapati is a very famous chapter of Indian mythology and the temple attracts thousands of worshippers to this temple.
There is a Sati Kund in the temple complex where Sati is believed to have immolated herself. On the temple walls, you will see images and illustrations that tell of the story of Daksh Prajapati. Next to the temple, there is a Das Mahavidya Temple where puja is performed during Navratri festival. In the temple premises, there is a thousand-year-old Banyan tree which also attracts tourists.
You will get an auto rickshaw from Haridwar to visit Daksheswar Mahadev Temple. After your visit to the temple, you can go to Daksh Ghat which is next to the temple, and also visit Nileshwar Mahadev Temple.