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Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar

Maya Devi Temple is an important Shakti Shrine in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is located to the east of Har ki Pauri and Navratri during Chaitra and Ashwin attracts thousands of devotees. The 11 th century temple has murtis of Goddess Maya, Goddess Kali and Goddess Kamakhya. Importance of Maya Devi Temple to Haridwar The popular belief is that worship at the temple helps in fulfillment of desires. Haridwar was earlier known as Mayapuri and the deity at the temple is the Adhisthatri God of Haridwar. Legend of the Temple Another legend associated with temple states that the navel of Goddess Sati fell here (some believe it is the heart) when She was carried around the earth by Shiva after Her death. At the Daksha Yajna, Sati jumped into the fire and self immolated as she could not listen to the insults hurled at her husband, Shiva, by her father Daksha. An angry Shiva roamed around the universe with the body of Goddess Sat