Chandrabadani Temple, Uttarakhand

Important information

  • Location: Nr, Palikhar, Sabdalkhar, Uttarakhand, India
  • Festivals: Chaitra Navratri, Ashwin Navratri, Dussehra For Other Festival Details Click here
  • Main Deity: Maa Chandrabadani For Other Deity Details Click here
  • Languages: English & Hindi
  • Darshan Timings: 06.30 AM To 07.00 PM
  • Best Season To Visit: June to October
  • How To Reach

The Chandrabadni Devi Temple is a Hindu shrine, situated in a small hamlet called Jamnikhal in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Chandrabadni Temple is among the Shakti Peeths and the holy shrine of Goddess Sati.

A location of faith and commitment, Chandrabadni Temple lies at a height of 2277 meters on Chandrabadni mountain which was likewise referred to as Chandrakoot mountain in history. Devotees from far locations come here to worship Goddess Sati and take true blessings.

History & Importance

The chief legend of Trisrota relates to the creation of the Shakti Peethas. Sati, the daughter of Prajapati Daksha, was married to the god Shiva despite his wishes. Daksha arranged a great yajna but did not invite Sati and Shiva. Uninvited, Sati reached the Yajna site, where Daksha ignored Sati as well as Shiva.

Sati was not able to withstand this insult. So, Devi Sati gave her life by jumping into the fire of Havan organized by her father King Daksh. When Lord Shiva was running around the planet carrying her body Lord Vishnu divided the body into 51 parts utilizing his Sudarshan chakra. Out of those 51 parts, from which the ‘Torso’ of Sati fell to this place.

It is also said that Lord Shiva remembered Sati at this place after being distraught in the grief of Sati. After which Goddess Sati appeared to Lord Shiva in the soft face of the moon, after which the sorrow of Lord Shiva was gone. Mata is worshiped in the form of a Yantra on the temple premises.

According to the story of Mahabharata, Ashwatthama was thrown on Chandrakoot mountain. It is believed that Chiranjeevi Ashwatthama still wanders in the Himalayas. In the Chandrabadni temple complex, one gets ethereal self-peace. In order to find peace in this soul, many foreigners, indigenous devotees, and devotees come to see Maa Chandrabadni.

The temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya

Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya has passed nearly a lot of time in these hills. Establishing Jyotirmath in Joshimath, He also established the Chandrabadani Shakti Peeth. This historical temple has been mentioned in the Skanda Purana, Devi Bhagwat Purana, and the Mahabharata. It is strongly believed that anything requested with a faithful and genuine mind will be granted. Devotees present flowers, fruits, incense, silver canopies, etc. after desires have been granted. The name originates from the fact that Mata Sati’s torso (Badan) fell here. Outdoor in the temple complex are lots of unknown statues and ancient trishuls.


The holy place of the temple does not have a Murti, Instead, a Shri Yantra sculpted on a rock represents the Idol. Due to the fact that seeing the Murti of Mata Chandrabadani is not permitted, the Shri Yantra is covered by a cloth material canopy. When showering the Deity, the pujari covers his eyes with a blindfold. It is believed that one pujari saw the Murti in the old days and got blind as a bad result.


Traditional music is frequently performed with the accompaniment of Dhol, Daman, and Bhankora. Celebrations like Chaitra Navratri, Ashwin Navratri, Dussehra, and Deepawali are celebrated with excellent worship. Numerous devotees and pilgrims flock to the temple to be a part of the spiritual merrymaking.

How to Reach

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun Airport, about 97  km from the temple.
  • By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh, about 80 km from the temple.
  • By Road: Chandrabadani temple is around 40 km from Devprayag. One wants to reach Jamnikhal which is around 32 km from Devprayag. From Jamnikhal one has to trek 7.5 km to get to the temple.

Temple Timings

06:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Timing may be changed during Festivals.

Temple Video

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