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Shakumbhari devi temple, Saharanpur

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Shakumbhari devi temple is situated at a distance of 40 kms from Saharanpur in the Shakumbari area. Although there are no historical or archaeological data to back the claim, the general belief is that the temple dates to ancient times.

The idols within the temple don’t seem very old, and there are some who say that it was built during the Maratha period while others believe that Adi Shankracharya performed his tapasya. Various beliefs apart, the temple attracts a fair share of devotees every year.

With regards to the presiding deity, it is believed that Ma Shakumbari killed Mahishasur Maha Daitya here and also performed tapasya for over 100 years while eating just one vegetarian meal each month end.

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