Chandrika Devi Temple
(06:00 AM - 07:00 PM )
It is situated on the bank of river Gomti at north-west of National Highway No.24 (Lucknow-Sitapur Road) in Kathvara village, near Lucknow City. This temple is 300 years old and is well known for the deity Chandrika Devi - a form of Goddess Durga. Located in a natural environment encircled by river Gomti at north,west and south side, it is around 28 km away from the main city of Lucknow. It is about 45 km away from Lucknow Airport. This place and nearby areas have relevance and religious significance since the time of the Ramayana. It is also called Mahi Sagar Teerth. There is mention of this temple in the holy books of Skand and Karma Puran.
This 300 years old temple is well known for the deity Chandrika Devi - a form of Goddess Durga. Located in a natural environment encircled by river Gomti at north,west and south side, it is around 28 Kms. away from the main city of Lucknow. It is about 45 Kms. away from Lucknow Airport. This place and nearby areas have relevance and religious significance since the time of the Ramayana. It is also called
Mahi Sagar Teerth. There is mention of this temple in Skand and Karma Puran-the holy books.
- Maa Chandrika Devi is in the shape of a rock with three pindis (heads).
- A bus was earlier plying to Chandrika Devi Temple from Kaiserbagh Bus stand. Pl. confirm.
- If you visit the temple during the months of March or November (Amavasya or Nav Ratras) you may view a huge Mela (fair) around the temple. Devotees from the nearby places and entire India visit this temple with great faith, Manokamna (prayers) and to get blessings.
It is said that elder son of Shri Lakshmana - the founder of Lucknow, Rajkumar Chandraketu, was once passing with Ashwamegh Horse through Gomti. In the way, it became dark and hence he had to take rest in the then dense forest. He prayed Goddess for safety. Within a moment there was cool moon light and the Goddess appeared before him and assured him. It is said that a grand temple established here during that era was destroyed in 12th century by foreign invaders. It is also said that around 250 years back some nearby villagers, while roaming in the forests, located this beautiful place- which was hidden with dense forests. Next day, a villager could locate the statue of Devi and it was placed at the present place. Later on, a temple was constructed and since then people continued to visit this temple and offer 'Pooja' after knowing the appearance of Ma Chandrika Devi. This place is also known as Mahi Sagar Teerth.
It is also said that in Dwaper Yug God Shri Krishna advised Barbreek, son of Ghatotkach, about the Tirth for acquiring power. Barbreek worshiped Ma Chandrika Devi for continuous 3 years at this place.
It is also said that 250 years ago, nobody knew about this temple. There was dense forest. A landlord of Kathwara village saw a dream and Ma Chandrika Devi appeared in his dream. He then made a temple there and arranged fair on each Amavasya. Since then, this is continuing.
On the eve of Amawasya and Navratras, a lot of religious activities in the temple and around the temple premises are held. People from different parts of the State, come here for Hawan (Yagya), Mundan (total hair-cut). In addition, during these days, Kirtans, satsang (religious meetings) are also held. When you go for Darshan, please do not forget to also see Hanuman Garhi Panchamukhi temple and get blessings of Hanuman Ji.
You can view a number of make-shift shops that crop up during Amawasya (a new moon day) when shopkeepers are busy selling Prasad (sweets offered to Goddess ) and other items of day-to-day use such as churian (bangles) Bindi, Chunri (cloth). Some shops sell foods, fruits, items used in hour house, music cassette, CDs, and medicinal herbs.
This place is also known as Mahi Sagar Teerth.
Come here for Hawan (Yagya), Mundan (total hair-cut), Kirtans, satsang
Mela (Shoping market)
Bakshi Ka Talab
Kathvara Village, 10 KM From No.24 (Lucknow-Sitapur Road), Bakshi Ka Talab, Lucknow, 226012