Daat Kali Mandir
Daat Kali Mandir is one of the famous Hindu temples situated on Saharanpur highway, 14 km away from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali Mata, which is part of Goddess Sati, who is the wife of Lord Shiva. The temple is also known as the Siddha Peeth.
Every year, a huge Bhandara is organized here, in which a large number of devotees comes from surrounding area. Mehant Raman Goswami takes care of this Temple.
Note: It is considered strict to take pictures inside the temple complex.
History of Daat Kali Mandir
This temple was established on 13th June 1804, when the construction of the Dehradun-Saharanpur highway was in progress. It is believed that the Maa Kali came in a dream of an engineer, who gave the statue of Maa Kali to Mahendra Shukbir Gusain to establish the temple and it is still present in the Doon valley.
It is believed that since 1921, a blissful light has burned in this place which makes it more attractive and keeps faith in devotees. Whenever locals from Dehradun take a new vehicle, they bring their vehicles here for special pooja. Devotees provide oil, flour, and ghee to the Goddess during worship. There is a large hall in the temple where devotees relax for some time during the journey.
The British had to make a tunnel near this temple to enter Doon Valley. But even after all the efforts, when the work of tunneling was not completed, the British also had to pray for Daat Kali. Gorkha commander Balbhadra Thapa had established Bhadrakali temple right here.
How to reach Daat Kali Mandir
Daat Kali Mandir is located on Saharanpur Road, 14 km away from Dehradun. One can easily reach this place by city bus or taxi or by his own vehicle. It is 13 km from Dehradun railway station and it is 36 km from Jolly Grant airport Dehradun.