Dhari Devi Temple is located near Srinagar on the banks of the Alaknanda River in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Goddess Dhari Devi is revered as the Kshetrapala of Chardham Temples – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Dhari Devi Temples houses the upper half of an idol of the Goddess Dhari that, according to the local legends, changes in appearance during the day from a girl, to a woman and then to an old woman.
The lower half of the idol is located in Kalimath in Rudraprayag district, where the Goddess is worshipped as Kali Mata.
Significance of Dhari Devi Temple
As per the Srimad Devi Bhagavat, Dhari Devi Temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha Temples.
According to a local legend, the temple of Dhari Devi was once swept away completely by floods. After floating for a distance, the idol struck a rock and the rock started crying. The villagers heard the cries of the rock. The divine voice from the idol instructed the villagers to install the idol as it was. Since then the idol is known as Dhari Devi.
It is believed that the divine voice also instructed the villagers not to construct any roof on the idol where it was installed. That is why there will be no roof covering the idol of Dhari Devi.
A hanging bridge over Alaknanda river connects the Dhari Devi temple to ‘Dhari’ Village.