Original Spot Where Goddess Sati Self Immolated – Daksha Yajnashala at Kankhal, Haridwar


The spot where Daksha conducted the famous yajna, in which Sati self Immolated and Shiva created havoc, mentioned in the Puranas happened at the present Daksha Mahadev Temple at Kankhal near Haridwar. The original spot where Sati gave up her life on hearing the insults showered on Shiva can still be found in the temple. It is the same spot where Veerabhadra cut off the head of Daksha, it is also the spot where Shiva Ganas created havoc, it is also the place where Shiva repented and replaced the head of Daksha with that of a goat.

There is a sculpture of Shiva carrying the body of Sati in the temple. Another highlight is a huge Banyan tree – this is a wish fulfilling tree and people tie red threads on the roots that hang down.

Near the famous Yajnashala or the original spot where Goddess Sati gave her life, there are numerous sculptors and pictures of the episode.

Daksha Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Shiva. The temple was reconstructed in 1962.