Haridwar Kankhal is an ancient place located in the Uttarakhand state of India at an elevation of 282 meters above sea level. In the Vayu Purana and Mahabharata Kankhal is known as Kankhala. Kankhal is one of the panch tirtha located in Haridwar. The other four pilgrimages are Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri Ghat, and Kankhal Ghat.
Haridwar Kankhal is considered as the summer capital of Lord Shiva. Before Haridwar, Kankhal used to be the center of education and pilgrimage. The Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak also visited Kankhal during his Haridwar journey in 1504 AD.
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The story of Haridwar Kankhal
This place was once the capital of Prajapati Daksh. Prajapati Daksh was then the ruler of the Universe and on his orders, other Prajapati used to rule. Prajapati was so brave that at that time nothing was possible without his wish.
One day Prajapati Daksh organized a huge Yagya in his capital Kankhal. According to the Puranas, such a Yagya has never happened. In that Yagya all the creator of that time Sage-Muni, Deity, Prajapati were invited, but Prajapati Daksh did not invite Mahadev Shankar (Lord Shiva). Sage-Munis questioned Prajapati that why he did not send the invitation to Lord. Shiva is not only the God of gods, but he was also the son-in-law of Prajapati Daksh.
When Daksha’s daughter Sati came to know that he did not send the invitation to his son-in-law she got angry. In angry Sati reaches his father’s yagya and upon reaching there, Daksh humiliates Shiva. She could not bear her husband’s insult. After which she made a decision that no one had imagined and she committed suicide in the Yagya Kund. When Shiva came to know this he came in anger and sent his valorous Gan Veerbhadra to destroy Prajapati Daksh.
Today that incident has passed many eras, but there are still some places in Haridwar Kankhal, which remind us of that incident. Like the Yagya Kund in which Mother Sati committed suicide. By touching the forehead in front of this Yagya Kund, the blessings of Shiva and Sati are received.
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Daksh Temple Kankhal Haridwar
A temple dedicated to Prajapati is also here called Daksheshwar Temple. This temple is here because Prajapati Dakha was a great warrior. Though he was guilty of the murder of Sati and he had got his punishment. Later, on the request of all deities, Lord Shiva put a goat head on his torso and gave him life. There is also an ancient banyan tree near this Daksh Mandir Kankhal. Devotees revolve around this tree and tie thread in the branches and make wishes. All the entrances of Daksh Temple Kankhal are named after the names of the Vedas.
Sati Kund Kankhal Haridwar
This is that Kund where Sati sacrifice her life when Shiva was insulted by Daksha. The Sati Kund is located near the bank of Ganga. The Sati Kund is also mentioned in Mahabharata. Today the Sati Kund remains full of the Ganges water.
How to reach Haridwar Kankhal
Haridwar Kankhal is situated at a distance of 4.7 km away from Har Ki Pauri. It is also connected to NH58, so one can easily reach here by bus or taxi or by auto.
The nearest railway station from Kankhal is Haridwar railway station which is 2.9 Km far. Haridwar railway station is well connected with cities like New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Amritsar, Dehradun, Rishikesh etc.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport which is 41 Km away from Kankhal. Daily flights are available from New Delhi and Mumbai to Jollygrant airport. After reaching the airport the visitor can hire a cab.