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Veerbhadra Temple - Rishikesh

Rishikesh, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, North India
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The Temple of Friars, Constancy and Power to destroy, egoistic and prude is Veerbhadra. The town is also known as Veerbhadra where this exemplary edifice is situated.

The story is decisive and manifestation of the power of  the Lord Shiva for justice when Goddess Uma (Sati) felt insulted by her father King Daksh Prajapati at Kankhal, Haridwar for not respecting Lord Shiva for Yagya by not inviting or arranging seat for him in Yagya. She jumped into the Yagya Kund to immolate herself on her husband’s humiliation. The news spread like fire and reached Lord Shiva (husband of Goddess Uma). He became furious pulled-out his hair from his braided Jata, smashed it into the earth, consequently, Veerbhadra appeared.

Veerbhadra by the order of Lord Shiva went to Kankhal, Haridwar and ruined the Yagya and finally beheaded Daksha. Later on the request of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva replaced the head of goat to King Daksha. The vedic ages anecdote connected with the immolation of Sati also tells the stories of other religious places like Dakha Mandir, Kankhal, Haridwar, and Shakti peeths established in all over northern India where the parts of burnt body of Sati dropped, when Lord Shiva carried the remains of her body on his shoulder. I will tell futher in my next columns about this.

Veerbhadra also known the apportion (Ansha) of Lord Shiva and worshipped like Lord Shiva and  Veerbhadra Mahadev Temple is the same place where Lord Shankar smashed his hair-lock and Virbhadra appeared. The temple is 1300 years old approx. but the story is thousand years old. Some kings of the middle ages had worked many times on the relics of this temple to keep the vedic stories alive. It is also believed that  in Veerbhadra, there is a place where anyone could recall one’s last birth life by laying down on the place. But the exact place is extinct meanwhile by divine powers to absolve from misuse.

The Temple is situated 2 Kms away from Haridwar-Rishikesh Highway and one can here via local railway station, also named as Veerbhadra Station and situated on the highway. The Neem Karoli Baba Temple (Hanuman Temple) is also very near to the Veerbhadra station and 2 Km. far from the Veerbhadra Temple. The distance from the Holy Triveni Ghat to Veerbhadra Temple is 6 Km. The way to The Pauranik Neel Kanth Temple is also goes through the Veerbadra Temple. The distance from Veerbhadra Temple to Neel Kantha Temple is 25 kms by vehicle and 12 kms on foot.

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