Temples in Dehradun-Having spent 25 years of my life in Dehradun, the first remark I hear from people, upon mentioning my hometown, is along the lines of…
“Oh! Dehradun is so beautiful!”
“Man! I love the mountains, would love to visit there sometime. “
“I’ve heard that Dehradun is one of the best tourist places in the country, right?”
While all of the above is true, Dehradun has a lot more to offer, which is not apparent when you first hear about it. The city has morphed into a modern settlement in the Doon valley, surrounded by gorgeous views and rivers, making it a perfect stop before entering the Himalayas.
The city itself has great cultural and historical sites that are not in the public’s eye, probably because of popular culture, which has always portrayed Dehradun as a quaint hill station.
On the contrary, the place is home to spirituality and mentioned in ancient texts and scriptures. Shri Lakshman Ji himself spent years here, doing penance for the killing of Meghnaad and Ravan’s army.
Interestingly, the city is also known as Dronagiri, the city of Guru Dronacharya. It is also mentioned in the ancient scriptures of the Skanda Purana, a part of the Kedarkhand region, the abode of Lord Shiva Himself.
You might know about tourist places in Dehradun, but in this post, I shall reveal 11 amazing temples in Dehradun and their history.
Chandrabani Temple: the abode of Maharishi Gautam
Chandrabani Temple is an important temple in Dehradun which is dedicated to Goddess Chandrabani. Maharishi Gautam, his wife Ahalya, and daughter Anjani lived and meditated at this spot.
The temple’s vicinity has a pond, known as the Gautam Kund. Each year, thousands of devotees arrive at this spot to bathe in the auspicious Gautam Kund.
Nestled amidst the lush greenery of the Rajaji National Park and Shivalik Hills, Chandrabani Temple is 7 Km away from Dehradun City and 3.4 KM from ISBT, a little off the Dehradun-Delhi highway.
Located in a village called Garhi in the Cantonment area of Dehradun, Tapekshwar Mahadev Temple is 6.3 km from Dehradun City Centre and is the most famous Lord Shiva Temple in Dehradun.
The shivling is established inside a cave, where water is always dripping on the shivling from the roof. Therefore, the name Tapkeshwar acquires significance.
The cave is believed to be the meditation spot of Guru Dronacharya, the guru of the Kauravas and Pandavas.
Each year on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, a grand fair is established at the temple, which attracts thousands of devotees.
Four Siddhs of Dehradun
Akin to Mini Char Dham Yatra, the four sidhpeeths of Dehradun are 4 out of 84 temples dedicated to the disciples of Lord Dattatreya.
Kalu Sidh, Lakshman Sidh, Manak Sidh, and Mandu Sidh, the four Siddhas are situated in four different directions of the city with a common theme of being secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you are in Dehradun, visiting the Four Sidhs is highly recommended as the places are not only nature lover’s paradise, but the energies surrounding the temples are wish-fulfilling as experienced by thousands of devotees.
Read more about the Four Sidh of Dehradun
Santala Devi Temple
About 12 km away from Dehradun, perched atop a hill, the Santala Devi temple can be only be reached on foot, after a challenging trek of about 1.5 km. The motorable roads connect to Santur Garh via Garhi Cantt and Punjabiwala village.
Interesting lore that makes this place even more mysterious is the fact that the temple is named after Santala Devi, who along with her brother held the fort, which is now the temple area, against the charging Mughal army.
When the Mughal army invaded the fort, they were outnumbered and outpowered. Faced with imminent defeat, Santala Devi and her brother began to pray, leaving everything unto god. It is said that a great light flickered and a few moments later, they both were transformed into stone idols. This happened on a Saturday and the temple sees a lot of devotees on this day. The temple is run and maintained by the army.
Daat Kali Temple: The first place you take your brand new vehicle from the showroom.
Situated at a distance of about 14 km from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi highway, Daat Kali Temple can be reached via ISBT Dehradun. The temple, as the name suggests is dedicated to the fiercest form of the feminine divine, Maa Kali.
Daat in Garhwali language means a tunnel.
The history of the temple is quite fascinating and dates back to the time of the rule of the East India Company. At the time, Dehradun was being connected by roads and a tunnel was being built, which still stands today.
During the excavation process, the workers found an Idol of Maa Kali.
As the work progressed, it was realized that there were a lot of hurdles as the next day all the hard work would be undone and had to restart. One night, the English engineer responsible for the project saw a dream, wherein Goddess Kali advised him to establish the idol and create a temple.
Once done, the work progressed smoothly.
To this day, devotees visit this temple before starting something new, most notably it is the first place where you are supposed to take your new vehicle to seek maa’s blessings and protection.
Prakasheshwar Mahadev: The Famous Shiv Mandir on way to Mussoorie.
Located at a distance of 14 KM from Dehradun, en route Mussoorie, this Shiva Temple is a must-visit if you are travelling to Mussoorie.
The temple is beautifully built and the adjoining views of the Doon Valley and Jharipani are just amazing. A unique fact about this temple is that the temple accepts no donations whatsoever, while Bhandara is held every other day.
Devotees are also given Kadi-Chawal and Tea as Prasad.
Buddha Temple: An amazing architectural marvel.
Famed for being the largest Buddhist reliquary in Asia, Buddha Temple in Dehradun has something to offer to everyone.
If you are a fan of great architecture, follow Buddha’s teachings, a fan of Tibetan cuisine, or just looking for an amazing picnic spot within Dehradun, Buddha Temple is the place to be.
Located in Clement Town, 8 km from the city, Buddha Temple is a five-story Pagoda structure (220 feet high) where you will find amazing artwork done on the walls by 50 artists over three years.
At the far end of the temple complex is a 103 feet statue of Lord Buddha, a great place to sit, meditate, click some pictures and seek the lord’s blessing.
The temple complex has an eating area where you can enjoy Tibetan delicacies with friends and family.