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Surkanda Devi Temple is situated close to the charming town of Dhanaulti, atop a hill at the height of about 3,000m. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas found all across the country. The temple venerates Goddess Sati, who is revered as a symbol of feminine power. Add a visit to this sacred site to the itinerary of your family vacation in Kanatal.

Most religious places in India are associated with fascinating legends and mythology; so is Surkanda Devi Temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva wasn’t invited to the Yajna held by Goddess Sati’s father and Lord Shiva’s father-in-law, Daksha. Embarrassed by this, Sati sacrificed her life in the Yajna’s holy fire. Upon his wife dying, an enraged Lord Shiva performed Tandava all over the region with Sati’s corpse hung in his Trishul. Goddess Sati’s body parts fell over the Indian subcontinent and wherever these places fell are now called Shakti Peethas. The legend says that Surkanda Devi Temple is situated where the goddess’s head fell.
It is also believed that once the demons or Asuras vanquished gods to usurp heaven. The gods then prayed to the goddess of Surkanda Devi Temple for their kingdom and their wishes were granted, thereby making Surkanda Devi Temple one of the most important temples for followers of Hinduism. Your kids will be fascinated by the legend about this unique place to visit in Uttarakhand and you may seek blessings from the goddess for your whole family.

How to reach

If you are planning to add Surkanda Devi Temple among the places to visit in Kanatal, you may choose to travel by air, rail, or road. If you are already holidaying in Kanatal, taking a short 20-minute taxi drive from here to the base of the hill on which the temple is situated is the best option. Once you reach the base, you get to trek for about 1.5km to the top and be rewarded with the astounding views and fresh mountain air along with the famous temple. If you choose to travel by air, the closest airport from here is in Dehradun. The almost 100km distance between Dehradun and the temple via Mussoorie may be covered by a taxi. Even the closest railway station is found in Dehradun at over 65km from the base of Surkanda Devi Temple.
Where to stay
All your concerns about finding a family-friendly resort, especially for your kids, are put to rest by Club Mahindra Kanatal resort. Apart from the popular tourist places in Kanatal, with Club Mahindra, you get to explore many other heritage sites. Considering that the rooms here are appointed with an array of modern amenities, it goes without saying that your comfort is ensured. Kids will have a great time here at the in-house activity center, where they may enjoy indoor games or get immersed in a book. You may also indulge in other activities like nature walk, rock climbing, and village tour with Club Mahindra resort in Kanatal and create memories for life. Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra today & have a comfortable and memorable stay at Kanatal resort in Uttarakhand with family with the spellbinding views of Everest!
Book a holiday soon and let nature’s grandeur and the rich heritage of the mountains fill you with wonder at Kanatal! Also, read through these Club Mahindra reviews of Kanatal resort & get a sneak peek of how our delighted members are spending their family vacations.

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Manu Khandelwal

An engineer and a travel blogger. Loves trekking and doing bike road trips. Burger lover (want to try every burger in the world). Clinomaniac. Sports fanatic. Likes technology but not a technology addict.